Let’s Be Still

In the midst of emails, data analysis, research, interviews, and meetings, two songs have been on replay. They play through my headphones and echo long after I leave HOPE for the day. And with the summer winding down, they seem fitting. You can get lost in the music for hours, honey. You can get lost…

Teach Me To Depend

It’s been a week of parking tickets, thumbtacks dropped in coffee, nearly lost Word documents. Of meetings, greetings, and collapsing into bed at the end of the day. Of tasty meals, laughter during awkward moments, and community. Of training at part-time jobs, of hearing people’s stories, of escaping to the rolling hills of the country….

Looking Back, Looking Forward

This week feels a bit messy. I moved from one place to another, and boxes followed me. They needed to be packed, unpacked, and then packed again. In 3 days I will unpack for the last time until August. And then this weird cycle will begin again, at least that’s the plan. But if there’s…

Let’s Meet at Taylor

These goodbyes feel like taking off the slowest, most painful band-aid. Each day I’m reminded that these days are coming to a close, and while I know that the best is yet to come, I’m still sad. I’m sad because these are where my people are. We didn’t know each other three years ago. We…

The Misunderstood Will of God

If one more person asks me what I’m doing after graduation, I might bust. The question is breaking me bit by bit because guess what? I have no idea. Have I prayed about it? You better believe it. Have I sought “God’s will?” Sure. Whatever that really means. Where do I feel God calling me?…

A Step Farther

Today I ran on a stretch of road I haven’t run on since training for the marathon. During that race, I injured my knee pretty bad, and I’m just now running more than four miles. In running, athletes talk about muscle memory. It’s that thing where even if you’ve quit running for a couple of…

Let’s Celebrate

Last Thursday I helped throw a party. A group of us went to a house off campus, gathered around a table, ate food together, told stories. And we laughed a lot. We laughed almost as much as we breathed because we were together, and we were celebrating. This is a group of five people, including…

Present Over Perfect

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve made my way over to my blog. Between work and the start of the semester, my head feels like it’s been spinning nonstop. What day is it anyway? As I sat down to write this, I found myself convinced that it was already next week. It’s been…

Marbles in a Jar

In two weeks, my final semester of college will begin. The finish line is no longer hypothetical. I can no longer say, “when I graduate in a couple of years.” Graduation has a date, and it’s May 23, 2015. That’s only 128 days away. I’m trying to wake up each morning with this at the…

The Scary Thing About Friendship

This past weekend I said goodbye to my brother, Tim, as he headed out on the 35 hour road trip to Los Angeles. He has the incredible opportunity to study film at a university out there and do an internship at a studio. After he graduates in May, his hope is to stay out there…

5 Races You Should Run in 2015

The number one New Year’s resolution is losing weight. This general and vague goal is a tough one to follow through on. How much is enough weight? How soon do you want to lose this weight? Instead of setting such a broad goal, scratch it and set something more specific. Maybe instead of this resolution,…

Celebration-The Reminder That I’m Still Alive

It’s New Year’s Eve. In the Berkey household this means fondue, tall glasses of sparkling juice, life-long friends, laughter and chatter, and watching the ball drop with some of the people we love most. It’s a party that takes days to get ready for and what feels like months to clean up after. Food spreads…