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Saying Yes

*Let me preface by saying that this post has absolutely nothing to do with a marriage proposal--my sincerest apologies if the title had you feeling confused. I'm probably not your girl for that kind of thing. Life is stressful. Let's just lay it out there. I have mornings when I wake up and it feels like the the universe is telling me to give up and try again tomorrow. My hair looks terrible, I'm stuck in traffic, and the radio DJ won't stop playing that annoying Meghan Trainor song that's been stuck in my head for 87 years. Not to…

Hamilton, Democracy, and Ice Cream (Happy Fourth)

"If you stand for nothing, Burr, what'll you fall for?" -Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton Happy Independence Day! How lucky are we to live in this country where we have the freedom to say what we want and take full ownership of our beliefs and actions? I love the Fourth of July for a multitude of reasons, not least of which is the fact that I can wear head to toe American flag gear and eat an entire tub of strawberry ice cream with no shame. We live in a beautiful country, and I love watching people go all out in celebration of America’s rich history.…

On Fear & Authenticity

"Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me." --Cheryl Strayed, Wild Let's face it. For many of us, fear is a real and far too constant reality in our daily lives, and it can motivate us to do (or not to do) a whole host of things. How many times have you decided not to try something new because of that tiny voice in your head…

Displacement & Changing Seasons

Displacement (n) -- the act of moving something from its usual place or position Wow. Sometimes we fail to realize how comfortable we've become in a certain set of circumstances until they are pulled like a rug out from under our feet. I've been struggling these past few months with the feeling of displacement and what it means to immerse yourself in a season of transition, when everything feels transient, impermanent and uncertain. A month and a half ago, I packed up my college apartment and left the city I've called home for four years to move to Clarksville until I start my…

Run

6:35 AM. My alarm goes off. I ignore it for about two minutes and then roll groggily out of bed, pull on my leggings, socks, and five layers of sweatshirt material, and lace up my cotton-candy colored running shoes. They look FAR too pink and full of enthusiasm on this rainy morning, like they are ready to carry me twenty miles if only I'm willing to make it that far. Ugh. I grab my earbuds off the desk, floor, living room couch--wherever I threw them last--and head out the door. It's February and it's freezing cold. Help. This is my usual routine,…

Tasting Flight

"For once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with you eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will long to return." -Leonardo Da Vinci On July 11, 2015, I learned to fly. Granted, I flew for only about seven minutes before coming down for a not-so-elegant landing, and I spent most of those minutes confused about what to do with my hands. (Note: This is a very legitimate problem that seems like a no-brainer until you're in the air. EVERYTHING SEEMS AWKWARD so naturally I ended up flailing around like a crazy person the whole…

Hiking to Mordor

Summer rainstorms are vastly underrated. I've never been more sure of this fact than on Monday, when Danielle and I decided to go on an outdoor adventure despite weather forecasts that looked less than promising. It was Memorial Day, we had the afternoon off, and we were not about to let the opportunity pass, especially after suffering through our first practice GRE test and watching Janie Townsend valiantly battle a giant cockroach on the living room floor. (Seriously, it was an inspiring thing to watch.) Our destination of choice was Greeter Falls in Grundy County, which, if you're familiar with rural Tennessee, is located…

Beginnings & Endings (and a note about uncertainty)

Hello friends! You guessed it- this is my official introduction into the blogging world, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed I'll get the hang of it before long. With summertime upon us, the extra hours of sleep and sunshine tend to bring out my reflective side, so I'm starting this blog as an opportunity to share thoughts on life, faith, funny stories, and everything in between. Plus, I've always been more of an academic writer than a casual storyteller, so this gives me an outlet to step outside my comfort zone and explore a whole different type of creative expression. Here's…

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