Posts tagged January 2017
on turning 28

Last week, I turned 28.

I am now solidly in my late-20s, which feels a little bizarre. In the grand scheme of things, I know I'm not really that old, but when kids you babysat are going to college and your knee yells at you almost every time you workout, it's hard to not feel your age.

On Friday night, I went out to dinner with a few girlfriends for a low-key celebration. We talked about work and life and marriage, joked about my status as the rebel child of my family amidst discussions of my newly acquired nose-piercing and upcoming visit to the tattoo parlor. We ate steak and melt-in-your mouth rolls and all took turns sharing a flourless chocolate waffle with "happy birthday" gorgeous scripted in melted chocolate on the plate.

Read More
courage, dear heart

If you asked me to describe myself, "fearful" is not a word that immediately comes to mind. Cautious, perhaps. Careful, definitely. But fearful? Of course not.

Back in September of 2016, I lost my job. It comes as a surprise to a lot of people because, beyond a small circle, I didn't really talk about it. Though I hadn't loved my job, it was still an unexpected thing that took a fair amount of time to process. I wound up spending the next 2 1/2 months unemployed, which had both its advantages and disadvantages.

When anything in your life takes an unexpected turn, it's only natural to step back and take stock of where you've been, where you're headed, and if there are any changes you want to make.

Read More
How I Became a Minimalist

I grew up as a military brat, the daughter of a naval submariner. Until the age of 12, we moved every 2-3 years, which meant we took stock of our lives and our possessions and rid ourselves of the excess as we prepared for our newest destination.

If I'm honest, I hated it. I hated moving. I hated packing up our life and having to let go of people and places and things.

Read More
my "best life" is not about me

I have a board on my Pinterest account titled "inspire // good words."

With quotes from theologians and Scripture sprinkled through, it is primarily filled with those encouraging and, yes, inspiring statements like "You're always one decision away from a totally different life" and "If you know you can do better...then do better."

We love those sentiments, don't we? Especially around this time of year, when everything seems fresh and new and you have 365 days of possibility staring you right in the face. We make goals and resolutions and plans. We say this will be the year we finally do X, Y, or Z — lose the weight, organize the house, find the guy, the list goes on and on.

Read More