Yet, Still

There are certain basic truths I always come back to. These truths form the foundation of my life, the rock on which I stand and the rock to which I cling. One of those truths is this: God loves me It’s one of the the Sunday school truths that soon grows stale and cliche if […]

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Teaching Moments: Finding My Way Back

Teaching Teaching has always had its challenging moments. Amidst wanting the best for my students, there have been moments during the past five years when I’ve gotten frustrated, lost my temper, yelled, even belittled. Kids can be tough. And every teacher has their bad days. I’m sure every teacher and parent can empathize. Recently, however, […]

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The Difficulty of Loving (and facing my desire for affection)

The Importance of Love I’ve been thinking a lot about love lately. Not romance, but the kind of love we are all supposed to have for one another. Sacrificial love. Brotherly love. Compassionate love. Strangely, at the very same time I’ve been pondering the importance of love, I have simultaneously been dismissing my own need […]

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Why I Loved the Live Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Movie

I don’t know if it’s because of all the craziness going on in the world but I got teary-eyed within the first five minutes of the new Beauty and the Beast movie. I totally was not expecting that. I had pretty low expectations going into the theater, but I was immediately drawn in. The opening […]

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Overly Cautious: How I’m Convincing Myself to Take More Risks

I am a fairly cautious person. For good reason––the world is a dangerous place! You never know what could happen! (Someone could not return your hello..! Or the new menu item you order could turn out to be terrible!) But despite those realities.. I don’t want to stay in my comfort zone. The comfort zone is a […]

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Teaching Moments: The Girl Who Doesn’t Talk

I’m sure every teacher runs into their fair share of shy students over the years. Students who are hesitant to raise their hand. Kids who speak softly no matter how enthusiastically you encourage them to be emotive. I was one of those students way back when. But I currently have one student who never talks. Ever. And […]

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Compelled By Love (Nearly Thirty and Caught Up in the Possibilities)

I’ve been thinking about myself a lot lately. Even more than usual. Mostly because I’m about to turn 30, and that seems like a fitting time to take stock. Who am I and where am I headed? I just came back from a missions trip to Indonesia on Monday, and that trip helped me gain […]

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Falling (why I’m thankful for mistakes)

I used to be deathly afraid of making mistakes. Not only as a straight-A student, not only as a classical pianist, but also as a person. I pictured this ideal of who I was supposed to be and found the idea of slipping outside of those imagined lines unbearable. It has taken a lot to learn to accept the messiness […]

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