Grace, grace, terrible grace

My initial thoughts after reading the first chapter of Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson. I am in TERRIBLE need of grace every. Single. Day. Grace is a terrible thing. Grace drives me to silence before God's throne when I just want to lead … Continue reading Grace, grace, terrible grace

how it really goes

But of course, this is what REALLY happens. I forgot to plug in my phone before climbing into bed last night so it died, not waking me up at 5:15 this morning. My baby managed to not wake me up either, because BOTH of us managed to somehow sleep in until 11:00. 

The Art of Rebuilding

When I was in Taiwan, there were times I felt I had reached the peak of my existence. I didn't need more friends. I didn't need more adventures or stamps in my passport. I felt so alive and full. I had purpose. I had a community. Life was SO GOOD. But if I am to let the past be a school that teaches me how to move forward, I would have to say that's it when you reach the peak of anything, it's only a matter of time until you have to descend. And this all for the purpose of scaling the next peak. 

Running Solo: a gift & a lifestyle

No time to read? Then listen! Click here to listen to the audio version of this post.  I've been thinking that the time we have to be single is really the time we have to get good at being alone. But how good at being alone do we really want to be? Isn't there a … Continue reading Running Solo: a gift & a lifestyle

re-cap

I like closure just as much as I like boundaries. I also enjoy order and organization and experience minor bouts of frustration and anxiety when my expectations aren't met.  I hate not finishing anything, but it's been a few weeks - months now? - since I've picked up Yell Less, Love More or How to Deal with Your … Continue reading re-cap

Personal Rewards System

I have this huge jar of "Chocolates of the World." It was one of my Christmas presents. The serving size is 3 pieces, at 210 calories per serving. That's right, I count calories. These last two weeks, I was on "cleanse" diet, complete with fiber pills, probiotics, vitamins and and dietary restrictions which prevented me … Continue reading Personal Rewards System

home sweet home

It's the age-old interrogative sentence that haunts all of at some point, no matter how physically far away we are from "home." And where is home exactly? Today in social studies, I warned my students that after the lesson they were going to want to leave America and travel the world for the rest of their … Continue reading home sweet home

When the weekend really does end

I've been meaning to publish this post all week; now it's late Sunday night - so late it's already Monday - and, needless to say, my weekend is coming to an end. Last weekend was different because it was the bookend of Christmas break, the vacation I get here in America as a teacher.  Vacation.  A … Continue reading When the weekend really does end

The Year of Integrity

  My "bridge book" between 2015 and 2016 was Oola. That's right, pronounced just the way it's spelled: OOLA. The subtitle read, "Find balance in an unbalanced world."  The subtext read "The 7 areas you need to balance and grow to live the life of your dreams." I have no intention of doing a book review or summary here, but I will … Continue reading The Year of Integrity

Why I Run, Part II: the seed of motivation

When I graduated from college in 2009, the economy was not so hot. Many people I know stayed in school and immediately started working on their respective master's degrees since that option was much more appealing than going back to the minimum wage work day. I, on the other hand, left the country and moved … Continue reading Why I Run, Part II: the seed of motivation