Welcome to a Zenful Life

Zenful license plate, "The Search" journal, and travel items

Life is stressful, no doubt.

Our existence here on earth is, by nature, full of challenges, discomfort, worry…chaos.

What if we could also make it zenful?

Is it possible to gain internal balance amid the chaos?

That’s what our upcoming book, Zenful Life, and this Zenful Life blog, with snippets from the book, are journeying to discover.

What is a Zenful Life?

Good question. One we’ve been on a two-decade adventure to find answers for.

Over fifteen years ago, the made-up word ZENFUL went on our first vanity license plate. Not as any cool status we’d attained. More like as a state of being we yearned to have. And the moniker on our Ford F-150 served as a daily reminder of hope.

Kat: Why do they call them vanity plates?

Stone: People used to put their names on license plates. Calls more attention to their vehicle, I guess.

And so it did. Passersby would comment often, but not about the truck. “Love your plate,” they’d say.

Us too…

ZENFUL to us symbolized the perfect balance in life, a way to be calm amid all the stress and overstimulation.

What began as an ephemeral ideal stamped in metal and hung over the back bumper of our truck continued to be a conversation starter with us and others over the years.

And during those same years, as we researched and learned, our lives got a little more healthy, we gained a little more balance.

Until the beginning of 2017, when so many complex layers of the onion of life had peeled away, when simplicity and balance became a brightly glowing kernel in the center, we began to vibrate.

Everything became both easy and difficult.

And for the first time on our journey, we found ourselves getting in our own way. A lot.

So we decided to chronicle the road we’d traveled down, the potholes and speed bumps we’d negotiated, and the curves we’re still trying to master in our upcoming book Zenful Life.

We envision this blog, ZenfulLife.net, to be a wellspring of inspiration. A place to share glimpses of the journey as we write it, and for others to share their insights, as together we all search for a Zenful Life…

Kat: Hey, why don’t we all introduce ourselves.

Stone: *stares thoughtfully at Kat*

Kat: *laughs* Fine. I’ll go first. I’m a recovering Type-A, perfectionist, driven workaholic, burned out from the corporate world, successful-ish entrepreneur, romance novel author. I sometimes get bluesy in the afternoon, am a comfortable introvert by nature, and tend to be overcritical of myself.

Stone: I’m a much-mellowed adrenaline junky with special skill sets who’s currently addicted to dark-chocolate-covered espresso beans and quad-shot Americanos.

Kat: Oh, and I’m a little bit Asperger’s.

Stone: I’m a lot Asperger’s. I like to consider it my superpower.

Kat: *nods at Stone* Mmm-hmmm…like Big Bang Theory‘s Sheldon. Only you look like a surfer version of Harrison Ford meets Richard Gere.

Stone: *narrows eyes at Kat, then clears throat* Okay, enough about us…

Feel free to share if you’re in search of or have found your Zenful Life and tell us a bit about yourselves…

Just a couple of Zenful Lifers,
~ Kat & Stone


© 2017 by Kat Bastion and Stone Bastion



2 thoughts on “Welcome to a Zenful Life

  1. Okay, trying this again. Thought I posted but evidently didn’t. 🙂

    Just an Aquarius who leans to the Olde Ways. I have an old soul that yearns to get back to where I feel I need to be. I fell hard for your Highland Legends series and wait with baited breath for more. 😉 I’m pretty much laid back, always laughing (which tends to leave my husband scratching his head at times). I find myself laughing when something isn’t very funny. It’s my way of saying “I’m flying away from your BS”. LOL! I just do not let what goes on around me shape my feelings. I go with the flow and have faith everything will turn out how it’s supposed to. Fate, and all. I can get highly angry and am the first to speak my mind about anything but it takes a LOT to push me to that point. Once you have, I wash my hands and walk away and never look back. I guess what I’m saying is that I am loyal with everything in me, but once crossed, there is no going back. I love spending time hiking and swimming in the mountains (Pisgah National Forest area in NC) or either riding along all the dirt forest service roads that meander in and around those mountains. I find my inner peace in nature.

    I can remember y’all picking up and heading to another direction in life and me hoping your souls find what they are yearning for. I love the idea for this blog and like everyone else, I love the license plate. 🙂
    Can’t wait for Zenful Life too!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Welcome, Leah. Wonderful to connect with you.

      Thank you for your kind words for the Highland Legends series; the next novel is coming within the next year or so.

      We are grateful for your sharing how you find your zen. Nature is definitely a cool place to find it and it’s often where we’re seeking balance too.

      Thanks for being a Zenful Lifer with us.
      ~ Kat & Stone


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