Keys to a Happy, Healthy Relationship

  Valentine’s Day is upon us. In a day and age where relationships don’t seem to last, love seems lost, people are more worried about chasing tail than chasing the one, cheating is all around us, and marriage has lost its magical appeal, I compiled a list of advice to building, enjoying, and maintaining a happy, love filledContinue reading “Keys to a Happy, Healthy Relationship”

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”

some of God’s greatest gifts

One of my favorite songs of all time, and at the moment, is Garth Brook’s “Unanswered Prayers.” How true is it that sometimes are greatest blessings in life are those phone calls that God lets go to voicemail; it is not because he is ignoring us, but because he knows something that we just simplyContinue reading “some of God’s greatest gifts”

Loving deeply and learning slowly

I’m independent. A woman in pursuit of God and all He has for my life. I am happy lifting weights, and praising the Lord, and playing with my dogs, and adventuring solo. I enjoy filling up my backpack and boarding a plane or a train all by myself. I don’t mind being alone. But IContinue reading “Loving deeply and learning slowly”

shades of green

I am frankly living the most stereotypical writer scenario at the moment. It is early in the morning and I am in sitting in a quiet corner of a coffee shop on a cobbled street in Dublin and rain is gently pattering against the glass panes before me. There is coffeehouse rock humming in theContinue reading “shades of green”

No one Remembers Fluffy

A few years back I was sitting on the couch with my then-boyfriend watching Modern Family and he began to tickle me. I shrieked and burst into a fit of laughter, before grabbing his arms and defiantly shouting, “Nooo! Don’t tickle my tummy – I’m too fluffy right now!” He fell back onto the couch,Continue reading “No one Remembers Fluffy”

live a life of love

At 22 years old, I’d be a fool to say I know a whole lot about this crazy adventure we call life. I have had my fair share of life lessons, growing pains, and learning experiences — I have been blessed by some extraordinary opportunities and gotten to do some amazing things in my short timeContinue reading “live a life of love”