I Want To Speak Up, But I’m Surrounded By Brilliant Voices Already—And They’re Intimidating! What Now?

You’ve had that little nudge in your soul for a long time now: There’s a message that’s been given to you, and only to you, and it’s time you speak up. You know deep-down that your voice matters. But the problem is... You work in a business, or an industry, or a ministry, that is … Continue reading I Want To Speak Up, But I’m Surrounded By Brilliant Voices Already—And They’re Intimidating! What Now?

When I Spoke Up, the People Closest to Me Were Silent. How Do I Get Their Support?

Do you recognize this scenario? You finally find your voice and speak up about your calling, desires and gifts. Maybe you even get up the courage to start encouraging others in person or online. You expect your family and friends to cheer you on. But suddenly—without warning—the people closest to you fall absolutely silent. It’s … Continue reading When I Spoke Up, the People Closest to Me Were Silent. How Do I Get Their Support?

I’m Feeling So Lost. How Can I Find Myself?

My apartment didn’t look like this on the morning I describe below ... but it did later!! I’ll never forget the first morning I woke up in my own apartment. A vintage Jazz-age studio with freshly-painted purple walls, the place was barely big enough for the boxed-up remnants of life I had crammed inside. But … Continue reading I’m Feeling So Lost. How Can I Find Myself?

Finding Joy When the Holidays Aren’t So Merry

Holidays can be really strange when you’re an expat. On the one hand, my Facebook and Instagram feeds are jammed with photos from traditional celebrations back home. On the other hand, I’m faced with the reality of celebrating abroad.The contrast in my brain is just ... weird. Before I go further, let me say—I’m blessed … Continue reading Finding Joy When the Holidays Aren’t So Merry

Embrace the Terror, Turn the Key: Conquering Fear to Find Your Voice

“We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.” - Hildegard of Bingen Lately I've … Continue reading Embrace the Terror, Turn the Key: Conquering Fear to Find Your Voice

What to Do When God Says “Be Still” (Besides Freaking Out & Getting Stressed)

I love sitting in silence inside old churches in Europe. Though my home church's meeting place in Dubai looks nothing these cavernous galleries of marble and gold, I find so much value in this ancient style of church design. Old European churches may not do much to inspire you toward an intimate personal experience with … Continue reading What to Do When God Says “Be Still” (Besides Freaking Out & Getting Stressed)

My Overpriced Coffee Date with a Dead Renaissance Scholar (AKA: Just Another Day in Basel, Switzerland)

I was one of those weird children who was obsessed things no one else bothers to know ever even existed.  By the time I was in high school, I knew more about dead medieval scholars than most adults twice my age. And I had a bit of a literary crush who was, shall we say, … Continue reading My Overpriced Coffee Date with a Dead Renaissance Scholar (AKA: Just Another Day in Basel, Switzerland)

That Time Spring Hit the Colorado Rockies (And My Life)

I didn’t plan on spending five or six weeks of my spring 2018 in the mountains of Colorado. Not that I’m complaining, mind you: spring in Colorado is gorgeous. Witnessings the transformation into spring is even more of a marvel. But it wasn’t on my plan. (Hello, that’s why I call myself a “recovering control … Continue reading That Time Spring Hit the Colorado Rockies (And My Life)