• Lifestyle,  Wellness

    I Swapped My Morning Routine to Be Just Self-Care Practices — Here’s What Happened

    So much of my morning routine had become just that — routine — and with the added ugh of darkness, something needed to change. Rather than making my morning more productive or doing all those things CEOs swear by (if that’s your jam, awesome!), I decided to put all of my favorite make-me-smile self-care practices into my morning. It’s now just an hour and a half of me-time that’s literally only about making me feel good. Nothing that serves me professionally (emails are banned until I get to the office), nothing that will make me look better to anyone (looking at you, Instagram stories), but just the good stuff I…

  • Lifestyle,  Personal

    How I’m Doing New Year’s Resolutions Differently This Year

    2019 is upon us, and I truly cannot believe that 2018 is over. So much happened – I graduated, moved to a new city, started my first full-time job, lost relationships, gained friendships, etc., etc. Goals and structure help me thrive and New Year’s is the perfect excuse to take a peek at my habits and commit to making new ones. This year, I’m (mostly) keeping my resolutions just to the month of January. 31 days. Let’s see what sticks and evaluate again later. Here’s what I’d like to be up to: Say “I’m sorry” less often This is on my list every year. We hear that women apologize way…

  • Career,  Personal,  Wellness

    Trying to Find Contentment When All I Want to Do is Compare (Repost)

    Originally published on The Everygirl During the summers between my semesters of college, I found myself back at my parents home in Massachusetts, working a job I didn’t love and being far from my friends. I was making money, building relationships with my family that I love, and getting to spend lots of uninterrupted time with myself — but every morning, I would pull out my phone and scroll through the Instagram stories and posts of my friends traveling abroad, and the jealousy got too real. Why does she get to go to Spain for six weeks and drink espresso in the plaza? Why do they get to backpack through…

  • Career

    9 Books for the Introverted Career Woman (Repost)

    Originally posted on The Everygirl   My ideal Friday night is spent alone, ideally with a book, more ideally with some mozzarella sticks from Uber Eats. As much as I enjoy my job and take pleasure in working hard to strengthen my career, after hours of talking with coworkers, making decisions, and spending time in a bustling city center, I am wiped. The thought of mingling at a networking event, constantly “leaning in” to seek out recognition or promotions, or forcing my over-thinking brain into overdrive after every interaction with a new contact or superior is enough to make me want to just forget I ever had dreams of a flourishing career, let…

  • Personal

    Why Am I Eating Alone?

    Great question. It’s not too profound a story — I wanted pancakes, we didn’t have ingredients to make pancakes, so I went to the diner down the street from my house with a book and $10 and got a nice breakfast. When I came back and told my mom where I was for the morning she went, “You just went by yourself? Are you okay?” I was definitely okay. Turns out, I really enjoyed it. I love food, and I often am too impatient to seek out someone who wants to go try a new restaurant with me, or after a few days of work and travel, I honestly just…

  • Faith

    What God’s Teaching Me About Change

    I’m always returning to the Lord. Always. It seems like every time I open my Bible and my journal, I’m starting out with my tail between my legs, like that text you send to that acquaintance who is faithful to reach out every few weeks and remind you of the dinner you’ve promised them over and over you’ll have — “Hey, yeah, I’m so sorry…” My journal pages, whether they’re a day or a month apart, start the same way: Please forgive me for walking away. Again. I recently wrote in frustration, “Am I destined to always be the Prodigal? Will I ever just stay?” Why aren’t I so captivated…

  • Wellness

    5 Reasons It’s Totally Okay To Say “No” To A Relationship (Repost)

    This article was originally published on The Everygirl   Dating and relationships can be ~the best~, but moving from one stage to the next can be big-time nerve-wracking. Sometimes it can feel like, as a woman, you’ll always be interested in having a relationship — but what if you’re not? Here are some reasons that it’s perfectly okay to say “thanks, but no thanks” to a relationship proposition from anyone. 1. You’re just not that into it Maybe you went on a few dates and they were good but not, like, good. Just because you were feeling it at one point doesn’t mean that you’ve got to be feeling it all the…

  • Career,  Lifestyle

    I Did One Thing Every Day For Two Weeks To Further My Career (Repost)

    Originally published on The Everygirl   We’re living in the age of the hustle, where moving forward in our passions and careers is of the utmost priority. Sometimes, though, moving a career forward or starting a brand new one can seem overwhelming — who do I talk to? How do I build up my portfolio? What do I even want to do?! As someone who’s just starting out in her writing career, I decided to take the recommendation to “do one thing every day that furthers my career” seriously: Every day for the last two weeks, I took one step — big or little — towards my idea of vocational fulfillment. Here’s…

  • Personal,  Travel

    Travel Update: Israel Return

    I returned home from Israel on August 4 and I’ve barely had time to stop and process what just happened. I’m still processing, so I’ll ask for some grace. People want to hear about my time in Israel and what I learned, and I think that they want to hear stories about washing my feet in the Jordan River where my Lord was baptized, or walking up the Southern Steps while reading the Psalms of Ascent, or sitting on the coast of the Sea of Galilee where Peter was redeemed by Jesus and charged with the shepherding of the church. And I have those stories, I have lots of those stories,…

  • Faith,  Uncategorized

    Reflections on 2 Corinthians 3:4-6

    2 Corinthians 3:4-6 “Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” This passage from Paul to the Corinthians has been an encouragement to me throughout my time at Wheaton. I can easily become production-oriented, measuring my time and value based on how busy I am and what I can show for it. I think I can do it…