Every season an author I enjoy, Emily P. Freeman, shares a What I’ve Learned This Season post, where she pauses and reflects on all that she’s learned in this past season before moving onto the next one. I really love this concept, and I enjoy reading her lists because they’re full of serious, silly, sacred, and sometimes useful things. As … More What I Learned This Winter
Creativity is not a mood. Creativity is not a gift. It’s the very nature of God inside of you. Dan McCollum A few weeks ago, I felt it in my heart that I needed to do something different this Lenten season. I did not grow up in a high church, so the act of fasting … More To Abide: Petitioning for His Presence
I don’t know about you, but my weekends in February were all booked. Literature-ly speaking of course. Okay. I get it. I’ll stop. But truthfully, February has been a busy month for me both in life and in books. I’ve been reading, or trying to read at least, to escape some of the busyness and … More Weekend Reading Vol. 2.24
I made up my mind that this is the year I’m diving back into the calling of my heart to write, and so I challenged myself to finish a short story this month. It’s not just any story though, but an original myth based in Celtic lore that’s a backstory for the novel that I’m writing. See, … More The Tree of Dreams: An Original Myth
“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” -Cheshire Cat, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Every August I set my students up with a reading challenge. They spend the whole class balking at my “assignment” for the year, and coming up with all the ways they won’t be able to meet the criteria. But by … More 40 book challenge: Reading through 2017
Two weeks ago, my husband and I jumped into our third round of the Whole 30, to reset after the holidays. We, okay so mostly I, had gotten in a funk with not cooking enough, being too busy in the month of December to focus on meals, and even when I was cooking, filling our plates … More I Love the Whole30, but I Quit This Round to Feed my Heart.
Before you begin to think I’m a reading machine or that in fact, my reading lists are impossible to keep up with, I only finished The Changelings from last week. I’m a bit stuck with Illuminae (it’s just such a different approach to novels) and I’m taking my time with The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook. However, I do tend … More Weekend Reading Vol. 1.13
One of my passions in life is food. My husband would tell you it’s a newer passion, but I remember being ten years old, making tuna salad on the counter and describing to my audience (the wall) step-by-step how to make it as if I were on my own cooking show. From a young age, among … More Buffalo Chicken Soup
It’s the beginning of a brand new year. 2017. Clean Slate. Clean Calendar. New goals, dreams, planners, and power sheets. If you’re anything like me, you’ve already found yourself reevaluating not just 2016, but your entire life, and deciding that THIS is the year that will be different. Perhaps this is the year you really … More Out with Resolutions. In with Missional Living.
One of the ways I nourish my own heart and soul is with a good book. Be it fiction or nonfiction, I’m a reader. In fact, I was born a reader but my mother cultivated a love of books in me as I was growing up. It’s the reason I studied English in college, and … More Weekend Reading Vol. 1.6