In high school, I had this habit of consuming ice cream after cheer practice. My mom would take me to this magical place called Sheridan’s. I'd order a vanilla ice cream—actually, to get technical, a frozen custard—and add rainbow sprinkles and coconut flakes. Delish. The employees there told me I was the only customer they knew of who ordered this crazy, crunchy combo. I’ve never … [Read more...] about A Satisfying Life: 2 Truths to Fight the Lies
I'm all for the fall, but until recently, I was sort of mourning the end of summer. This summer was good for my soul. I had a chance to slow down and refocus. To work on a couple projects, like this one, for my people (psst: that's you). To be more in the moment. We recently turned on our heater at home. I'm wearing my Ugg robe (Thanks, Mom!) and fuzzy slippers as I type this sentence. I … [Read more...] about Do you want to be healed?
One year ago today I did a crazy thing. I said goodbye to a great job. I closed a chapter of my career and started a new story. Here's my last day photo from Aug. 3, 2018. New can seem so shiny and exciting, at least at first. But then there’s that element of the unknown, which can be scary. I don’t know how this new story will unfold, or even what the next paragraph holds. I’m … [Read more...] about How to Live in the Present
This spring, I got wrecked by a wave. At Melbourne Beach with my mom and nephew, I was wading near the shore, worried about cold, salty splashes (standard for the Atlantic in April). Meanwhile, my 6-year-old nephew convinced my mom and me to hold his hands and hoist him over the waves. With each wave scaled, he erupted in shrieks and giggles -- sheer delight. During one of his … [Read more...] about For When the Waves Come
Several months ago someone asked me to describe how I was feeling in only one word. I mulled it over for a moment, and then it occurred to me: overstimulated. I was moving rapidly in what felt like many different directions ... transitioning to a new team, trudging through continuous graduate classes, leading a Bible study (a first for me), planning a major event, plus tending to other … [Read more...] about Summer rhythms + reading list
A small (cyber) celebration is in order because … It’s my blog-iversary! If we were together, I’d throw some confetti and pop some bubbly. Cheers to one year! I managed to write 12 posts in 12 months. Admittedly, I started off strong and then lost some steam as my life began to lose its order last fall. (I’m still adjusting to the abnormal non-rhythms of working in church ministry and … [Read more...] about One Year Wonder