The Gift of Time

I found myself sitting in a restaurant with a spinach and goat cheese salad and an unexpected hour lying ahead of me. It was noon during a particularly busy few months at work and I’d normally be eating at my desk, one hand mindlessly shoveling the contents of my packed lunch into my mouth while…

The Promise Keeper

Waiting for anything is difficult – the bus, your takeout order, that friend who’s always late. It can truly test your patience. I’ve never been someone who’s especially good at waiting {particularly when I’m hungry} so I get it. But waiting for something you really want, something your heart and soul is longing for, something…

To the Fiercely Independent Woman

Having hip surgery taught me a lot about myself. It’s been almost two years since the doctor gave the diagnosis I was both eagerly and anxiously awaiting. That process was a pretty significant juncture in my life and, in some ways, the self awareness it created is still bubbling to the surface – some of…

Be Still

What’s next? This can’t be it. Can it? I’m not happy fulfilled content. There’s gotta be more. Better. Maybe I need to be more. Better. Maybe I need to do more… Yes, that’s it. I just need to change a few things. Work a bit harder. Serve a bit more. Be a bit thinner. Dress…

The Veil was Torn

“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.” Matthew 27: 50-51 The veil was torn. The curtain in the temple that separated people from…

Escape Artist

I’ve discovered something new about myself. I’m an escape artist. A professional at getting out of things. I get the most done when I’m avoiding what I need to do. I call it productive procrastination. My apartment gets cleaned, my emails get answered, my errands get run, all those mundane tasks are suddenly incredibly appealing….

The Wait

Waiting… Sometimes it feels like the doctor’s office – an endless holding pattern. Passing the time away, flipping through May’s issue of Southern Living. Watching reruns of Ellen. Scrolling through your Instagram feed for the second time. Make that the third. When the nurse reappears from the mysterious beyond that is the exam room, there’s…

I’m Not Okay, And That’s Okay

I like to think of myself as a pretty honest person. The whole not stealing, not lying and staying out of shady business stuff – I’ve got that. And those who know me well would probably say that I like to keep it real. But when it comes to being deeply truthful about how I…

Observing The Year

I love this time of year. I love the way it’s a bit like sitting at a precipice – observing the well-worn peaks and valleys behind, while also gazing toward the unfamiliar horizon ahead.  It’s a season of sitting in the in-between, and sometimes it’s nice to take some extra time to rest in this place.   Always one to…

Moving Forward: Overcoming My Greatest Fear

Fear. For some people it’s spiders, or snakes, or heights – for others it’s a little bit more odd. I once had a friend who was afraid of garbage bags. Yes, you read that right – garbage bags. Regardless of what it is, we all have something. For a long time I didn’t know what…