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...]

When Things Don’t Go As Planned

The peppermint brownies were baked, their aroma wafting through my kitchen. Lemon hummus and citrus water kept them company on the refreshment table. My house was clean. Decluttered, vacuumed, and swept. A royal blue tablecloth decorated my dining room table, with an array of DIY supplies arranged on top: glass jars, Epsom salt, spray bottles, … [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...]

When Your Online World Causes You to Question Yourself

When Your Online World Causes You to Question Yourself

  Whether we are speaking to people in person or in writing--over coffee, on the phone, by text, via email, or online--we are bound to encounter conflict. Because of the nature of my work and blogging, I spend a lot of time online. While this has a multitude of benefits, the downside is all the conflict. Not only is it like a 24/7 news … [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...]

To Anyone Who’s Ever Been Abused

To Anyone Who’s Ever Been Abused

I’m writing at God-sized Dreams today, but I felt there needed to be a sort of companion piece here, a part one. Here goes: To anyone who has ever experienced sexual abuse: You’ve been on my heart a lot lately. My stomach’s been in knots for you. Amidst the other depressing items in the news has been (surprisingly minimal) coverage of a … [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...]