Turn Hurt Within To Loving Out

I was raised sheltered. The more I learn about the world and commonalities in other people's stories that are missing from my own, the more evident that becomes. 'Porn' was a whispered hush-hush word growing up. I always was the last to learn about anything in regards to human sexuality. And here I am, 23 … Continue reading Turn Hurt Within To Loving Out

Why I Prayed Last Night To Stay Single

A tad countercultural, yes? I get asked quite often (now that I'm nearing spinster, crazy cat lady age at 23...feel free to catch the dripping sarcasm with a bucket) if I'm single, in a relationship, talking to anyone, etc. I've challenged myself this month with Thanksgiving and a new year right around the corner to … Continue reading Why I Prayed Last Night To Stay Single

Mistaking Happiness for Home

Forgive me this intro that sounds more like a bad start to an infomercial, but I have to ask, have you ever felt unsettled? Discontent? Like some purpose you should be filling isn't being lived out? I'm curious because it's how I've felt lately. Despite the adventures and blessings that surround me, there's still an … Continue reading Mistaking Happiness for Home

telling all: body image

Body image: The subjective picture or mental image of one's own body. With complete transparency, this has been one of the greatest strongholds in my life. It started when I was 8-years old and mistaken for a boy by a server at Perkins, despite wearing a pink and purple floral dress. (Side note, never let your daughter … Continue reading telling all: body image

2016: The Year of Sacrifice

Our new family tradition is to choose just one word to focus on in the New Year, as opposed to a list of lofty goals usually given up on by February. I started thinking about my word for the New Year around Thanksgiving, and contemplated it while serving at the Missionaries of Charity Mother Teresa … Continue reading 2016: The Year of Sacrifice

When the Empire Falls

As I hurried down the metro stairs to catch the train out of Paris, I saw the mother with her empty stroller just in time to slow down as I rounded the corner. Her little boy had almost achieved a great victory as his stubby toddler legs escalated the final step. I couldn’t help but … Continue reading When the Empire Falls

26 Things To Know About Israel

The nation of Israel is so unlike anywhere else I've been. I mentioned in my last post that I've experienced the most culture shock here, and I believe that has translated to learning the most lessons as well. I've promised myself to never stop learning. Having that degree on the wall (or stuffed away in the … Continue reading 26 Things To Know About Israel

Faith to Move

The waves lapped against the side of the boat, lovingly named Sea Note. 53 American students stood transfixed by the scene all around them. A cool, sea breeze was embraced with widespread arms and content hearts after a record-setting day of heat. God himself seemed to breathe out grace and love on this eclectic group brought … Continue reading Faith to Move