One Year Anniversary

A year ago this month I packed up my life in Arkansas and moved to Chicago. There are few experiences that I can look back on and say have profoundly impacted who I am. I understand the power of that statement, so I’m careful to only use it when my life takes a major turn. This past…

Meeting You Again

A couple of weeks ago I was having coffee with a new friend. As we were getting to know each other and sharing stories about what brought us to this point in life, she stopped me when I mentioned my sister. “Is she as outgoing as you? Because you seem pretty extroverted,” she asked. I almost…

Enjoy the Precious Moments

I was having brunch with a close friend the other day, talking about dreams and plans like we always do, when he raised a good question. He’d read The Full {and Fearless} Life and he asked me how that translated into everyday. Did I find it hard to live in the moment while thinking so far ahead? It was…

The Full {and Fearless} Life

I’m not living my life to the fullest. What a sobering thought. I’m 25 years old and I’m not living my life to the fullest. What am I doing? A few months ago I was walking down the street  – probably going to the bus stop or something routine – when that thought hit me….

Look Up

Have you realized how much you can see if you just look up? The other night I was on my way home from a late yoga class. It was a snowy night so the streets were quiet, save for the occasional car. I was walking down a street I frequent weekly, as it’s along my…

To My Arkansas Family

It’s possible to be completely and utterly delighted, satisfied and content with where you are, but to also be hopelessly homesick and yearning for another place. I’ve experienced both, sometimes simultaneously, since I moved to Chicago. This should make all my Arkansas friends and family feel better. You may see my fun Instagram pics and read…

Honing My Craft

I love to write. Like, the kind of love that puts you at ease and reminds you who you are. Give me some melancholy alternative music, a coffee, a warm sweater, and my computer and I’m in my happy place. Throw in a rainy day and a seat by the window and I might just cry tears…

41 Days

I learned a lot during the 41 days I was job searching in Chicago. I learned how to cold call and email like a pro. I learned about Starbucks’ Rewards Card (I’m already halfway to the Gold Level). I discovered that networking isn’t that scary, it’s just coffee with a potential new friend. I know…

One Month

Today marks our one-month. It’s been a tumultuous relationship. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs in a short amount of time. But I guess that’s how you know a relationship is solid – when you’ve experienced both laughter and tears, yet you’re still in it.

A Woman of Courage

  courage |ˈkərij; ˈkə-rij| noun the ability to do something that frightens one: she called on all her courage to face the ordeal