If I am being honest, there are quite a few things I feel guilty about on a daily basis. And I'm beginning to realize that this guilt is at the root of some of my anxiety and stress that holds me back from my goals. I feel guilty about...
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.
I never thought I would be here, in this place of financial panic and insecurity as a wife and mom. As a single female, it was terrible enough to be huddled in my apartment broke, trying to figure out how I was gonna get to work the next day so I could have money again. But it's even worse now that I'm responsible for other people.
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
No time to read? Then listen! Click here to listen to the audio version of this post. Yes, that title is a.... what is that word they use these days.... doozy? Wow, I just looked that word up in the dictionary, and I actually spelled it right! I believe this is the first time I've … Continue reading the trap of self-pity, the pressure of catching up, & the danger of making excuses
I want to do more than I'm doing right now. I've always felt this way about life. When I was younger, I was always doing the extra stuff, joining speech contests, taking piano lessons, starting clubs, planning recitals, volunteering at church. By the time my senior year of high school hit, I had already applied … Continue reading To Live Each Day Powerfully
Prayer. Keeping up a consistent prayer life has always been a struggle. I've always found myself attempting different things - prayer journals, iPhone note prayers, prayer meetings, prayer requests written in a notebook. The Apostle Paul, in I Thessalonians 5:17, calls us to "pray without ceasing," as if it's supposed to be natural, like breathing. … Continue reading Prayer & Parenting
I've been on vacation. Ok, that's not entirely true, considering I've been back for a week now; but let's be honest: family vacation recovery is real. And I'm not talking decompressing from all the insanity that may or may not have relapsed. I'm simply talking about the process of unpacking and resting - which, mind … Continue reading faith like a child
I was almost having a surreal experience this morning as all my reading from two different parenting books and the Gospel of Mark began honing in on one profound theme: self control. It was so clear, so cut and dry, yet so humbling and difficult to swallow. In her book, Yell Less Love More, where … Continue reading menu of emotion: frustration for breakfast, anger for lunch, & guilt for dinner
I have been working with kids since I was 12 years old. Different experiences throughout my life triggered my "inner teacher," though I never did pursue a teaching degree. I chose a more exciting and unconventional and international path for myself, but it never stopped from teaching. Having the heart of a teacher, however, doesn't … Continue reading volume control