when you have to tell anyone who will listen.

It’s hard to beat the high of being in love. When I got engaged, I wanted everyone to know. We called our closest friends to tell them the hours following the proposal. I called an “emergency” meeting for my student leaders as soon as I got back to campus so I could tell them (which…

what it costs to be Real.

Looking in from the other side, sometimes all I can see is what it will cost me. When we were planning to move across the country, it was hard to cling to the hope Jesus whispered to my heart for what would come. All I could see were the boxes, the good-byes, the loss, the…

coloring and self-care.

A year ago, this week, I was getting ready to talk about self-care with students at “Table Talk.” I’ve taught workshops and classes on self-care. I trained student leaders how to find rest and how to have something to give to others when they are in a role that involves giving of themselves. We’ve eaten…

true for my friend, and me too.

A dear friend and I were catching up after a few weeks apart over hot coffee, cinnamon apple baked oatmeal, eggs with fresh basil and feta and finishing with a clothing swap. In the midst of many good things, she shared what this season feels like for her. She’s in a full and busy season…

three to read.

  Reframe: It isn’t often that I’m drawn into a book by the prologue regardless of how familiar I am with the author, but in his first pages, Brian Hardin struck me as a humble, kind man who wanted to share the life he’d found being a friend of God. When he said he prayed…

making beds and hummus.

I build things up in my head to be more awful than they actually are. I’ll look at my unmade bed and think about how long it takes to make the bed. I’m convinced it will at least take an hour. Look at how rumpled those sheets are! And who knows where the comforter made…