Another Year Has Come and Gone

Last year when I was writing my “Countdown to 30” blog post, I had NO idea what my 30th year would have in store for me. Two trips to Chicago Two trips to Rhode Island One dreamy weekend in NYC Three Broadway show dreams come true (Hamilton!!! Dear Evan Hansen with the original cast –…

Doing New Things

Why are new things so scary? New year, new state, new house, new job. Same me, though. Sure, I have goals and dreams for self improvement, but I’m still me. I’m still overly cautious, eager to please and slightly terrified of trying new things. I can put on a brave face, and sometimes I actually…

Heading West

In a few days, we will be pulling out of the driveway of the first home we ever owned in the only state I’ve ever lived in to drive 18 hours west for our new home in Utah. It feels very surreal, even though I’ve had a few months to process it. I can’t believe…

Best Friends and Road Trips

Today is National Best Friend Day. I don’t like to limit myself to one best friend. I realize it’s a contradiction, because inherently “best” implies “one.” The best, the ultimate. And as children, it’s always a fight for the title. But as an adult, you realize the value of having multiple best friends. You need…

Countdown to 30…Just You Wait

I’m turning 30 this week. And I’m pretty damn excited about it. “Never regret growing older – it’s a privilege denied to many.”  I don’t know the origin of this quote, but I’ve loved it since I first heard it. Sure, it’s not as hashtag worthy as #YOLO, but it’s far less obnoxious. I’ve never…

Confessions of a Cluster Headache Sufferer

11:55 p.m. Imagine the searing end of a metal fire poker after it’s been thoroughly immersed in hot embers for hours – glowing an angry red. . .furiously hot – and now imagine what it would feel like to be awoken at 11:55 p.m. to that being shoved into your left temple. Every. Night. For…

It is Christ In You, the Hope of Glory

The world sure has seemed exponentially scarier lately, hasn’t it? Maybe because it is, maybe because the media makes us believe it is, or maybe because we have multiple platforms to perpetuate it all. Regardless of the reason, I’ve seen a lot of rhetoric lately from non-Christians about God not answering prayers, or how this…

Dear Dad

Dear Dad, As this Father’s Day approaches, I want to thank you for a few things. Thanks for always carrying me to bed when I was small and pretended to fall asleep in the chair just so you would, in fact, carry me to bed. Thanks for teaching me all your favorite gospel songs as a…

Never Say Never

 I’m not sure how to start this post. I have so many thoughts surrounding this topic, I can’t even decide where to begin. So I’ll go with this. In five days, I will officially become a Catholic. And it has everything to do with God. Come to think of it, I guess this is my…

A “Day” I Can Get Behind

Okay, let’s get real. There’s officially a “day” for everything now (thanks, social media). Whether it’s “National Ice Cream Day,” “National Pet Day,” “National Pancake Day,” (okay, I fully support all of these), or “Wear Your Underwear Over Your Pants Day,” it seems no leaf has gone unturned for a day to celebrate. It doesn’t…

Some Perspective on Thankfulness

Yesterday, my biggest disappointment was that it was Monday and my favorite restaurant is closed on Mondays, so I had to eat at another equally delicious restaurant for dinner, in a warm friendly environment, surrounded by family and so much food we had to take home two boxes of leftovers. Today, I had the very…