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

Dear Bob & Patti,

I don't tell you enough how much I appreciate you goofballs. Dad, you Facebook message me cat videos and insane political stories every day, and I LOVE it. You keep me current. Mom, I live off of the pins you send me via Pinterest, and your random Snapchats because you haven't quite figured out how … Continue reading Dear Bob & Patti,

Has My Dream…Come True?

I'm still in shock that my blog posts on the StudentUniverse travel blog were the most viewed for the month of January! A small monetary gift for that is trivial compared to the excitement and pride at reaching a personal dream of being an official 'travel writer'! Thank you to everyone for clicking on the links and reading through my posts...can't wait to see where the Lord takes this-trusting Him through anything!

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