I recently returned to CrossFit after a five-month hiatus. When I decided to take a break, following a reproductive specialist’s recommendation, I’d been a regular CrossFitter for several years. It’s an amazing way to work out and relieve stress. Plus, fitness is more fun with friends. So is showing up and having someone else tell me what to do. Anyone else struggle with self-discipline at … [Read more...] about Faith, fertility, and fitness: What am I giving my strength to?
Since I started this blog in May, so much has shifted in my life, including this surprise: I’m changing careers! I feel confident God has called me in a different (and unexpected) direction: ministry. My heart is beating with excitement and, to be honest, a bit of fear. It’s a leap of faith and far outside my comfort zone. But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him … [Read more...] about From marketing to ministry: A new chapter
I earned my bachelor’s degree during the Great Recession. Not exactly the best time to launch into the “real world.” But I wasn’t worried because I had a plan. My plan included moving 800 miles away from home to attend graduate school in the dusty desert of West Texas. Destination: Lubbock. I had only visited once before during an official recruiting trip, reminiscent -- I’m sure -- of … [Read more...] about What’s in your rear-view mirror? A story about my wild ride in West Texas
Have you ever taken a break from Facebook … Instagram … social media in general? Maybe you couldn’t bear one more baby announcement. You were sick of seeing selfies of sunbathers at the beach. You lost it when you saw that last shot of someone’s six-pack abs. Maybe you have wanted to straight up quit but you can’t. stop. scrolling. Because it’s an addictive and easy escape from your own reality, … [Read more...] about Tempted to quit social media? Try this instead.
As a fourth grader (and like all true ‘90s children), I wore overalls often. Hot rollers were my go-to for curling my chin-length locks each morning. My breath smelled like Fruity Pebbles -- at least that’s what a classmate told me one day. (I’m over it, really.) And like all adolescents, I wanted to be accepted, to fit in with the cool crowd. Among this coveted crowd, there was a girl. She was … [Read more...] about A Call to Live Creatively
I recently attended my nephew’s preschool graduation. I didn’t know these were a thing. As it turns out, I’m a big fan. Donning a blue button-down punctuated by a bow tie, my nephew sauntered in, all smiles, to the classroom with his classmates -- everyone decked in oversized graduation caps. I tried not to tear up as the pint-sized preschoolers performed a few songs for their adoring parents. … [Read more...] about Going Places