An attitude of gratitude changes everything

You know that feeling as if the world is conspiring against you? When it seems like it is one blow after another. Every time you take one step forward, you take three steps back. A few days ago I felt that way. Completely and utterly defeated. I was exhausted – physically, mentally, emotionally. Work –Continue reading “An attitude of gratitude changes everything”

All good things take time

Good is a good word to use to describe a myriad of things. Good can be the taste of a pizza or a burger we thoroughly enjoy, good can be the outcome of a successful first date, good can be a measurement of the satisfaction of a customer on a survey, good can be aContinue reading “All good things take time”

Don’t look back, you’re not going that way

The older you get, the harder discernment becomes. I feel like as children we have this innate tendency to trust and to sense what is good and pure in this world. We have our parents, our teachers, our older siblings, our cousins, our coaches, and so many influences that shape our understanding of the worldContinue reading “Don’t look back, you’re not going that way”

the glacier

Last week, in an ash filled valley that ran between two volcanic mountains, I stood at the edge of a glistening lake, watching birds land atop the majestic icebergs that had drifted into the water, broken off from the massive glacier we were preparing to ascend. I had never worn crampons before, nor had to carry an iceContinue reading “the glacier”

It’s a marathon, not a sprint

Two years ago I ran my first half marathon. And I won. And I hated every minute of it. After the race my mom asked me how I felt to which I responded, “I will never run a half marathon again.” This morning alongside crystal clear waters and under the warm California sun, miles andContinue reading “It’s a marathon, not a sprint”

To the one I once loved, thank you (Part II)

To the one I once loved: It has been awhile, and I hope you are doing well. It has been a little over year since I wrote you last and just over two since we closed the book that was the story of our life together. Oh how time has flown. We are both doneContinue reading “To the one I once loved, thank you (Part II)”

in the eye of the storm, you remain in control

“You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn. Your love surrounds me, in the eye of the storm…”  Imagine that. Being lost at sea. In the middle of a downpour, lightning striking, waves thrashing all around. Your sails are torn, you have no idea where you are, and you are afraid. You are cold.Continue reading “in the eye of the storm, you remain in control”

Clothing yourself in strength & dignity

“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praisesContinue reading “Clothing yourself in strength & dignity”

wild women and freeing friendship

I’d be lying if I said I did not cry last night. A lot. Last night was the women’s conference “Girls Night Out” at Bayside, featuring one of my all time favorite authors, speakers, and human beings, Lisa Harper. I bought my ticket to attend this event a few weeks back and had contemplated forContinue reading “wild women and freeing friendship”

hallelujah… and stingers up!

  The Lord is GOOD. Can I get an amen? When I say the Lord is good, I mean that He is all consuming, awe-inspiring, and beautiful beyond compare – that kind of GOOD. It is incomprehensible to describe the depths of His glory and the width of His love. Isn’t it crazy that evenContinue reading “hallelujah… and stingers up!”