New Nostalgia




Feeling Some Nostalgia? Me, too.

You want to pursue simple, slow, intentional living, but life can be fast-paced and chaotic.

You find yourself a bit nostalgic and wishing for the simplistic living of the good ol’ days, but are confused about where to start, what is best for you, or how to create good habits in this ever-moving, modern-day world.


Breast Cancer Survivor


New Nostalgia

I understand and can help. I’m a modern-day woman with an old soul, and life has given me many lessons on how to pursue a health-filled, meaningful life in a purposeful way.

I’d like to say these lessons have matured me–like a fine wine-ha!–or at least taught me how to stop, sip and savor life moments, even the ‘not-so-fine’ moments that it can bring.

You don’t have to live everyday overwhelmed, unfocused, and juggling all the things.

It is possible to create space for sitting and simply breathing. Even when life is spinning and it seems impossible to slow down, you can embrace a healthy way of thinking and breathe steady, even in the spiral.

You can create habits and systems and focus in and get stuff done, with the intent of being purposeful in this one life we have the privilege of living.



About Amy

I’m Amy, wife to Todd and mom of three teen girls from the Midwest. I’ve been blogging since 2009 about purposeful and healthful living in every area – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

I’m also a 2-time cancer survivor, so my passion for purposeful living comes from the unique perspective and a knowing of what it takes to live while facing mortality.

In 2010, was giving a 50/50 chance of being alive in 10 years.  It is no fun living with a statistic hanging over your head, but boy can the realization of how precious life is force one to try to make the most of every moment.

Learning how to live well is a journey, and I still don’t have it figured out as you will see as you read further into New Nostalgia. I strive to write authentically and will share the good and the bad with you.

What I HAVE figured out are many tips, tricks, and tools for pursuing an intentional, meaningful life; and will share what I have learned and what I am learning with you!

My heart’s desire is that you might find something to help you live well, too.

Let’s sip slowly together (whether it is coffee, honey ginger tea or a bit of fine wine), pursue our best health, and intentionally keep choosing that which brings purpose in this life.




About New Nostalgia

Some examples of what you will find on the blog:


Simple & Healthful Recipes

Avocado Pomegranate Egg Muffin

30 Minute Sloppy Joes

Oven Scrambled Eggs

No Bake Clean Eating Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy Bars


How to Declutter When Overwhelmed


Tips For Slow & Purposeful Living

18 Things You Need To Throw Away

Morning Pages – A Journaling Technique Anyone Can Do

How To Declutter When Overwhelmed

Simple Tips, Tricks & Routines for Keeping Your Car Clean



Beauty Inside and Out

DIY Pedicure Routine

When Grief Hits

6 Tried & True Beauty Treatments To Do at Home 

How To Get Beachy Waves With A Curling Wand

Enter Into Others’ Suffering


Breast Cancer


My Journey With Cancer & Mental Health

My Cancer Story

Severe Anxiety Symptoms

How To Find Relief From Severe Anxiety

My Cancer World and Be The Match

7 Years Surviving Cancer


Home goals - Creating systems for effortless homemakeing


Making a Home

Everyday Home Goals  & Chores

Getting started with the Instant Pot

Why It’s OK To Let Your Teenager Have a Messy Room

Hot Spots in Our Kitchen

DIY Daily Sink Scrub


Anti-Procrastination Weekly Updates

My weekly anti-procrastination updates are where I share:

  • a quick update on life
  • my weekly goals
  • my daily personal health goals
  • a favorite Scripture verse
  • a few of my favorite things
  • the book I’m currently reading
  • a free anti-procrastination printable
  • a pin I want to accomplish
  • recipes I want to make that week
  • my every week staple recipes
  • a weekly essential oil recipe

Whew! Basically, I share all the things with hopes that some of the things inspire YOU!



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  • Reply Tracy Collier September 13, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    I am facing cancer again after being diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2012. I just found out I have stage one uterine cancer – yes I took Tamoxifen, but only for about five months, because it made me so sick. Since I had all the side effects plus some and my risk of recurrence was low, I stopped taking it.
    Anyway, new cancer, new location, new diagnosis, same faithful God that is carrying us through! Your posts, as I followed a few years behind you, helped me to process, grieve, struggle, and walk this one out. Now I consider you a trusted friend, one that I pray for often and look forward to meeting, even if it’s not this side of heaven. Blessings to you and your family!

    • Reply AmyNewNostalgia September 14, 2016 at 9:24 am

      I emailed you sweet Tracy. Thank you for your comment…thinking of you much today.

    • Reply Duane Johnston Grain bin formally October 14, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Hey Amy! Love your site! Looks Good! Thanks for the chat yesterday@the Starbucks! Duane

      • Reply AmyNewNostalgia October 24, 2016 at 10:12 am

        Very nice to meet you Duane! Thanks for checking out the blog!

    • Reply Mandy Belgium February 24, 2017 at 5:49 am

      Hi I just read your post on Amy’s blog and wanted to say Hi and ask how you are doing . My husband and I are travelling similar paths to you both our last daughter flies the nest this weekend if I don’t keep God close I get so overwhelmed x

  • Reply Janine March 29, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Hi Amy. I have wanted to send you a message for the longest time…and only now finding the time. I am in South Africa. I stumbled onto your page by mistake over a year ago. I read everything I could on your fight with cancer. Your positivity and honesty were overwhelming. I find you to be such an inspiration and remind my what it really important. I have just started my journey on homeschooling my two gorgeous children. It has been so overwhelming but we will get there

    Thank you for being you.
    P.s How do I get regular updates from you?

    • Reply Janine March 29, 2016 at 2:22 am

      Haha…just saw your mailing list below lol.

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