In April of 2008 I took my first international mission trip as a freshman in high school… and my world was changed. As a shy and insecure 14 year old, the start of my high school career began with a switch from a small christian school to the local public high school (not the easiest … More When Students Serve
Christmas, I have come to find, is my husband’s favorite time of year. He has been overjoyed to put lights on our house, cut down a tree, decorate the tree and the house, dive into Advent devotionals, and just about everything else that comes with the Christmas season. I knew when we started decorating the … More The Greatest Gifts Take a Little Time
In a society of millennials being encouraged to change the world, sometimes it feels like all we are doing is sitting in the world, dreaming about changing it. … More Want To Be a World Changer?
We are all looking for friendship, aren’t we? It is my conviction that no matter where we are in life, how many people surround us, or how satisfied we are with being alone, we would all be okay with a few true friends. There have been several different periods in my life when I haven’t … More Are We All Looking For Friendship?
“Wish it. Dream it. Do it.” There is something about this phrase that doesn’t sit very well with me. Everything about it exudes an air of self-righteous thought and depending on those thoughts to make decisions. I don’t like it at all…but that’s what I tend to do. I create these ornate pictures in my … More Pray. Wait. Obey.
This is my closet. I haven’t taken much time to look in the closets of other people, but I would say mine would be half decent in comparison to others’. Unfortunately, there are many days I leaf through every shirt and dress, “find nothing to wear”, and leave my room with exasperated sighs of, “I … More The End of My Contribution to Fast Fashion
During the recent events in my life I have struggled to discover where on Earth (literally) I should be right now. Locations have ranged from Illinois to Florida to Africa. Having recently graduated from college with an education degree, I have found finding a teaching job to be more difficult than I expected it to … More Move While You Wait
In recent months I have made my way back onto the dating scene. We were in the oddly early stages of dating when his birthday came around. I was in this awkward position of wanting to go big with the gift, but I obviously couldn’t go too big or I was saying too much. Have … More When Life Hands You The Wrong Tickets
Father’s Day. It happened…where was I? As I have busied myself with current distractions, a day of appreciation for the great sperm donor in my life quickly came and went. It seems as if I lost my opportunity to express properly the depth of approval and appreciation for my dad that I carry with me … More The Phil Steward In My Life
What do you like about yourself? This is a question most people answer with a quick “Nothing” or get out of answering with an “I’m not sure”. I found myself presented with this question tonight and found myself unable to answer. For most of my adolescence, though some insecurities surfaced, I found myself to be … More Do You Like Yourself?