A (kind of) Love Letter to 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

10 Things to know about Endometriosis

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

A Year of Healing

2018 was a year of healing. Not in the way I expected, but in so many ways I never would've imagined. Last January, I was in the midst of some of the worst physical pain in my entire life. The kind of pain that permeated my entire body and left me questioning whether or not… Continue reading A Year of Healing

Objects in Mirror

Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.  Two weeks into my very first teaching job, I decided to tackle my lesson planning for the following week at Madcap Coffee. It was the last day of Whole 30. I was feeling accomplished for actually sticking to the strict diet plan, and a bit overwhelmed by… Continue reading Objects in Mirror

Two Years Later…

Two years later, my hair is still falling out and I am still going to counseling for anxiety*. May 2016. I started month 9 of the World Race in Guatemala. A series of different events all converged to leave me feeling broken, confused, and utterly helpless as I flew from Los Angeles to Guatemala City.… Continue reading Two Years Later…

Why the In-Between is Important

Life is not the mountaintops; it’s the walking in between. Thanks, Ben Rector. Ever since returning from the World Race, I have been craving a place to write and share what I am learning with others.   I want the in-between adventures to be that place. I love writing. It is my way of inviting… Continue reading Why the In-Between is Important