I read over 100 books this year. I didn't start out the year with that goal in mind, but it happened naturally. Books are my main hobby. Much of my free time is spent reading books, discussing books, or researching my next read. I have been a voracious reader since childhood, but never imagined that… Continue reading 2019: The Year of 100 Books
To celebrate my birthday this year, I wanted to do something different to mark what feels like a big milestone (to me anyways). Turning 25 means that I'm halfway through my 20s! When I turned 20, I was about to start my senior year at IWU. I hadn't even met Jacob yet. I had just… Continue reading 25 Things to Celebrate 25 Years
Where would you take me if I came to visit your city? I love asking my friends that question. Visiting friends that are spread all over the country often means traveling to a new city. When I travel somewhere, I want recommendations from the people who actually live there not just the tourist-y lists on… Continue reading A Weekend in Grand Rapids
Dear Grand Rapids, In August of 2016, I arrived here with big dreams and hopes that you would be my home and a place of new beginnings and adventures. Instead, we’ve had a complicated relationship from the very beginning, with my feelings wavering between hatred, love, and mere toleration. I have now lived here for… Continue reading A (kind of) Love Letter to Grand Rapids
Sometimes God uses doors slammed shut in our faces to lead us to better beginnings. But that doesn't mean that the bruises aren't still painful. Rejection has been a continual darkness and despair hanging over our heads in the past few years. Yes, we're provided for and extremely grateful for the gifts and opportunities that… Continue reading When Mud Turns to Dust
Monogamy just doesn't suit me. At least not when we're talking about careers. Our culture begins to condition children with ideas about work and vocation at a very early age. As soon as we start asking kids 'What do you want to be when you grow up?', we are pushing them towards a certain goal. The… Continue reading Growing Up and Job Monogamy.
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. But what is endometriosis[en-doh-mee-tree-oh-sis]? This surprisingly common disease is unfortunately shrouded in a whole lot of mystery. When I was first diagnosed with endometriosis, I would have loved a 10-point blog post summary of my illness. It would've been great to point friends and family members to a resource with… Continue reading 10 Things to know about Endometriosis
Most of us can easily point to the things that are sucking the life out of us or draining our energy, but we rarely take time to acknowledge the simple things that are giving us life and bringing us joy. In her book, Leaving Church, Barbara Brown Taylor talks about a time when she was… Continue reading Perfume, Liturgy, and FRIENDS:: What’s Saving My Life Right Now
In the past year, I've published six blog posts. I have seventeen more sitting in my draft box. Writing is something that brings me joy and also helps me process my own emotions and experiences in a healthy way. I want to share my writing, but perfectionism (among other things) keeps me from hitting publish… Continue reading Fighting Perfectionism with Pottery
If you’re married and you haven’t sat next to your spouse with no pants on, watching Brooklyn 99, then you’re missing out. But really. https://www.instagram.com/p/BZobxFhA4Th/?taken-by=catanacomics A few weeks ago Jacob and I were sitting on our couch watching Wall-E and eating snacks. Our window was open and we heard some friends in the parking lot.… Continue reading Marriage is about Getting Naked.