On Knowing Yourself and Why It Matters

  When the bright red bubble of happiness popped up on my Facebook notifications, I eagerly clicked. Join my event, it urged! Such and such for sale, come over for appetizers and shopping. I immediately clicked “Can’t Go.” It wasn’t because it was sales. Being in business myself, I appreciate these kinds events. I've put on these kinds … [Read more...]

No Dream Is Realized Alone

No Dream Is Realized Alone

Not once in my life did I hear that pursuing the arts was a frivolous endeavor or money wasted. In fact, my mom and I regularly attended art and craft shows for inspiration. For several years, treks to Ann Arbor’s summer art fair on the University of Michigan’s campus were our summer standard—mile after mile of ceramic, photographic, textile, … [Read more...]

On How to Realize a Dream

On How to Realize a Dream

Those who know me will tell you: I'm an abstract thinker, an idea girl, intuitive, and emotional. A dreamer. Although I get some drive and organization from my dad, detailed plans don't come naturally to me. Without a plan, dreams remain dreams. So, I continually work to grow in the practical areas of pursuing dreams. My current … [Read more...]

Rules or Relationship?

Rules or Relationship?

Rules can be clearly spelled out--you know when you’ve broken them. On the other hand, being in relationship requires engaging in the messiness of your life and those of others. It demands self-reflection and investing in other people. Functioning in the abstract of real life relationships is risky. It involves making mistakes and learning from … [Read more...]

How Gratitude Can Fuel Your Dreams

How Gratitude Can Fuel Your Dreams

“Have you looked through the Family Christian catalog?” my mom asked. “There’s a book that has a woman holding a bird’s nest on the cover. It looks good.” I hadn’t. I looked at my baby number four, my boy, crawling around the gated-in living room, weeks away from his first birthday. Keeping his monkey-self alive amidst the blur of being a … [Read more...]

Who Is In Your Circle?

I’ve spent too much energy on my third circle—the most draining, discouraging, and soul-sucking of circles. It’s here that the naysayers dwell. The pessimists. The fearful. The broken who break others. Too often, I wrongly believe that if I try hard enough or say just the right thing, I can win the love and approval of those people. I fret, … [Read more...]

Drawing Near During Holy Week

Drawing Near During Holy Week

It's only been in recent years that my faith moved from head knowledge to personally encountering Jesus. One big breakthrough in this process came during Holy Week a few years back. Although Jesus's death convicts me deeply of my own sin, this particular year He had a different focus: meeting me in my brokenness and guiding me to healing. I'm … [Read more...]

What is Community?

Are you in a lonely season, searching for your own tribe? Maybe you don't know what this kind of community looks like because you've never experienced it before? I've been there. If that's the case, lean in now and listen closely... You're invited. There is a place for you-- a place of encouragement and conversation. Profound community … [Read more...]

God Hears Our Desires

God Hears Our Desires

Today, I'm delighted to host a guest writer in this space for the first time. I had the pleasure of meeting Kristin Taylor through the God-sized Dreams Team. She has been, and continues to be, such an encouragement to me. I am proud to call her friend and share this space as she tells the story of how God built her faith and family. Please join me … [Read more...]

Um, You Want Me to Do What?

The answer to prayer didn't come in the form I expected. Since my high school days, I've continually prayed for health in mind, body and spirit. For me, that meant: Restoring a body worn by childhood respiratory challenges, diminished in capacity from poor endocrine health, and crying out for restorative diet and exercise. Restoring a mind … [Read more...]