Sometimes we try to sanitize the parts of our story we worry others won’t like. Today, I’m digging up a little spring dirt with freedom and joy. This time, regarding my experience with “eastern philosophies” that were a big part of my Christian healing journey.
My deepest dreams—like traveling to Rome (pictured above)—didn’t become possible until I cleared out internal blockages. As women, our dreams matter to us deeply. We carry them with us everywhere the same way we carry a cherished handbag, or wear a piece of jewelry that symbolizes love. Our dreams define who we are. Except that … Continue reading 4 Reasons Your Dreams Are (Perpetually) On Hold
“This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” -- Romans 8:15 MSG 2020 is the first year in my entire adult life that I have not set goals. Not a single one. In any category. My life has … Continue reading I’m Making 2020 A Goal-Free Year. Here’s Why.
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
Everyone loves a free spirit, and as modern women, many of us (at least secretly) want to be one! But here's the big secret: being free doesn't mean we've actually been freed.Our Instagram feeds are stuffed daily with beautiful photos advocating a glamorously non-conformist "bohemian" lifestyle. While the sum total of what it means to … Continue reading 10 Hallmarks of a Truly Free(d) Spirit
For most of my life, I wouldn’t have said I had an eating disorder. To me, “eating disorders” were things like anorexia and bulemia: big, life-altering struggles that required the intervention of doctors, therapists and pastors. I never realized that every time I ran to the fridge for a snack when I felt sad, or … Continue reading Finding Freedom from Emotional Eating
Hello, Beautiful Woman. You’re likely here because you found me on Google, heard me speak, or read one of my articles about receiving your deepest desires. And your heart resonated with what I said. I’m so glad that we have met. I believe that every time this happens, it’s the trigger for a divine appointment—a … Continue reading 4 Big Dreams God Wants to Fulfill for You as a Woman
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)
NOTE: The following is a featured post from 2016 which first appeared on my former creative blog, Scrappy Storyteller. I'm sharing this as a way of embracing my past creative self and sharing ideas she had that, well, still matter today. Enjoy! Anyone who knows me well knows how much I hate the process of … Continue reading Little Paper Pieces: On the Tearing Up and Rewriting of Your Life
There were a lot of things no one told me about visiting Reykjavik in December, which I did in 2017. Although in fairness to the everyone implied in “no one,” I never really asked them. I just went Take the city’s muted tones, for example. The whole urbanscape deserves to be picked up and dropped inside … Continue reading A Short Tour of Reykjavik Street Art