Choosing Real

Hello 2017, You’ve been a bit of a disappointment. I ran into your arms at the pace of my 6th grade skinny-self while 2016’s shadow lingered behind. I hoped you’d be a net of safety and comfort; a fresh start. But who was I kidding? You came, but not without my sassy attitude and negative feelings. I … Continue Reading

Dear Diary

I gave myself permission to take a month off blogging. I thought I needed it. Then, after a few days of suppressing the desire to scratch my itch. I sat and wrote. Freeing my soul, worshiping in a way I will never be able to express through words themselves. You’re my therapy. (And Lord knows … Continue Reading

Remind Me I’m loved, Soften My Heart, & Give Me a Good Laugh.

9 Books Reviewed + a Giveaway I’m a binge-reader. Once I have a couple of books in hand that I’m excited about, there’s really nothing else I’d rather do than curl up on the couch and get lost in a book. The older I get, the more I choose staying in over going out, saving … Continue Reading

10 for Your Weekend!

Do you believe in miracles? The Cubs won the world series! Holy guacamole. That was quite a game! Despite my husband’s die-hard love for the Tribe, I’m happy the curse has been broken. Miracles really do happen 😉 It’s a fun time to live in Chicago.  I wrote a guest blog post on the season … Continue Reading

My Rotten Morning in Real Time

I set my alarm for 5:57 AM last night. I had every intention of waking up and going to a 6:25 AM workout class this morning. I woke up at 7:28 AM, sooo that didn’t happen. I rolled over and felt the empty space where E usually lies. I was reminded that this was the … Continue Reading

All Things Fall (Chili Recipe, Flannel Shirt, Candle, & Book)

‘Tis the season for throwing on a scarf, ordering the pumpkin spice latte, and consuming your weight in chili while tailgating at the football game on Saturday. Despite how cliche it is, I don’t hate it one bit. Fall is my absolute favorite season. (And not just because my birthday is in September.) Isn’t it funny … Continue Reading

Just Grateful

You never know what life is going to be like when you undergo major life changes. Moving cities, selling your car to rely solely on public transportation, and taking on an entirely different job are all things that can be rather difficult, let alone all of them at once. However, it’s honestly been one of the smoothest … Continue Reading

8 Reasons You Should Embrace Your Inner Wild Child. [Book Review]

What are the first words that come to mind when you view the photo above? Gross? Weird? Odd? Crazy? Intense? Quirky? Fun? Annoying? Nontraditional? For me the words “wild” and “free” pop into my brain pretty quickly. I imagine this girl to have a messy bedroom, a carefree spirit, and a witty personality. It’s apparent that she … Continue Reading

Jesus Is _________.

How would you finish that sentence? Jesus is… love. weird. life-changing. stupid. a good person. not real.  I don’t know about you, but my answer has changed over the years, so whatever your answer is right now, stay with me… Judah Smith, author of Jesus is ____. took me on a journey of erasing who I’ve thought … Continue Reading

Living In A Selfie-Centered World

Months ago Jefferson Bethke recommended this book to his following on social media, so I hurried off to one of my favorite places ever, Barnes & Noble, (#nerdalert) and purchased it right away. Mostly because I admire the Bethke’s and greatly respect their opinions, but also because the subtitle, “Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World” … Continue Reading