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Yesterday I turned 23. I received texts and cards and Facebook notifications. People said so many kind words, words that reminded me of who I am to others and encouraged me. I spent time on the pond with my family and ate more watermelon in eight hours than the past 22 years combined. It was…

Lean In

This summer I read Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In. It’s all about women in the workplace, especially in executive positions. Overall it was an interesting, and sometimes depressing, read. But there was a concept she wrote about for about a page that has stuck with me for months. She shared a story of going to…

No More Noise

It has become somewhat of a personal charge for me. No more noise. The transition out of college has been tough. It’s included family, spiritual, and personal struggles, essentially all the things life includes plus this strange thing of walking through life without the people who walked so closely with you in college. My brain…

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…