K.C. Ireton

“What a blessing it is to love books. Everybody must love something,
and I know of no objects of love that give such substantial
and unfailing returns as books and a garden.”

—Elizabeth von Arnim

Anxious No More {Habit 4: Lash Yourself to the Mast}

Anxious No More {Habit 4: Lash Yourself to the Mast}

We were late for library story time. Again. We were always late. For everything. As I pulled into the parking garage—it was almost always full at story time—I started praying for a parking spot. And God heard my cry and listened to my supplication. There was one spot...

Anxious No More {Habit 3: Silence the Harpies}

Anxious No More {Habit 3: Silence the Harpies}

{Caveat lector: This post is long. Do not proceed if you are in a hurry.} I was 13 years old when I let the harpies in. I didn’t even know I was doing it. I couldn’t know how much damage I was wreaking on myself by opening the door to these shrieking uglies. Of...

Anxious No More {Habit 2: Cast the Circle}

Anxious No More {Habit 2: Cast the Circle}

For my 35th birthday my dear friend Susan gave me a beautiful old copy of Streams in the Desert, a 19th century devotional book. A week later my twins were born. One of them was in critical condition at death’s door. His lungs kept collapsing, and he had to be...

Anxious No More {Habit 1: Mind the Gap}

As I was heading out the door to take my husband to the train station, I grabbed my cell phone. Immediately a cascade of anxiety washed through my body and with it the remembrance that a friend was angry with me. I stared at the phone in my hand, remembering our...

Anxious No More {Habits for a Happier Life}

Dear Friends, As many of you know, I struggled with chronic anxiety for much of my adult life. In February 2015, I wrote in my journal, "180 days to joy. That's what I want, God. JOY. I am sick of living in fear and anxiety. I WANT JOY." Then I promptly forgot about...



K.C. Ireton is a writer and teacher. The author of The Circle of Seasons: Meeting God in the Church Year and Cracking Up: A Postpartum Faith Crisis, she lives near Seattle with her husband and four school-aged children. She is a lover of books, gardens, and tea. Also, Oxford commas.


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