Giving Thanks

This is the fourth year I will be spending Thanksgiving abroad. Not that I’m keeping track or anything, but Thanksgiving does happen to be my favorite holiday. Christmas is nice, too, but the gift buying and giving can be stressful. Thanksgiving is nothing but pure eating and enjoying people’s company. And giving thanks, of course. […]

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Introverts Need People Too

As an introvert, I sometimes struggle to make time for people. When I get busy, the first thing I toss out the window is socializing. I need my Saturday’s all to myself so I can recharge, I tell myself. But after one of the most draining weekends of my life (working at a two-day English Festival doing […]

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Vulnerability with Other Humans

Vulnerability is one of those keys to life we never quite graduate from learning. Who can say that they are always comfortable with vulnerability? (Show me that person, and I’ll call them a liar. Though maybe not to their face..) Isn’t it strange how when we need help the most, it’s the hardest to ask […]

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Living Love: Some Tips

I love love, and I hate hate. Love is beautiful, and hate is ugly. It’s so simple, right? But love––real love––actually requires a lot of strength and maturity and fortitude. Loving someone doesn’t always mean doing what your heart naturally wants to do. It means listening, seeking to understand, holding back, and even (gasp) sacrificing. […]

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In the midst of the busyness of life…

I locked myself out of my house the other night. Suffice it to say, I found myself outside with a bag of trash and not much else. No phone. No key. No money. No roommate at home to let me back in.

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Devotion

I had a lovely chat with my grandfather last night. It made me realize I should call my grandparents more often. I have so much to learn from them. First of all, my grandfather is almost 85, and he is more physically fit than most people I know. When I called, he was at Panera Bread […]

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Choosing People

Sometimes I wish I could just swap Myers-Briggs descriptions with people instead of getting to know them organically. (And then maybe avoid the types that intimidate me..) I suppose that could be labeled extreme relational laziness, but there it is, that’s how I sometimes feel. (Incidentally, if you are interested in understanding me better, you can […]

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Loving Past Irreconcilable Differences

There have been moments in my life when someone I am supposed to love has hurt me to the point that I just can’t take it anymore. I don’t even know what the loving way to handle the situation is. Love seems impossible. They have been some of the most gut-wrenching moments in my life. Because to me, love is the ultimate goal. So if I can’t love, I must be a failure.

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