A Lesson in Gratitude, or, How the Little Things Became the Big Things

I’m sitting here in my tiny little kitchen that I don’t own…gazing out at my cozy little loft with the turquoise carpet that someone else picked out long before I ever arrived here…watching my sweet kitty, Prince Hairy, stalking a bug across the room, carefully following the bug’s path so he can “protect his domain.” (He never actually harms the bug, he just likes to monitor the bug’s every move.) Steam rises from my coffee » Read More

I Told You I Was Strong & Independent. I Lied.

It hit me yesterday that I talk regularly about how strong and independent I am as a single (and fabulous) woman…

…and yet, it’s all a big, gigantic LIE.

The message in church yesterday was about singleness and how our contentment can only be found in God, not in the safety of marriage or the independence of single life (Thank you, Pastor Trevor Atwood, for BRINGING IT). And as I sat there and listened and let the » Read More

It Should Kill You, But It Doesn’t.

It should kill you, being told you’re not loved.

It should kill you but it doesn’t.

It feels like it’s going to.

In the silence, after words like that drop their weight onto your heart…all you can do is struggle to draw a breath and pray that life will somehow magically rewind to the moment before the person you loved and trusted most in the world said them to you.

But it doesn’t.

In the long, impenetrable stillness, after words » Read More

Day 17: What Are Your Spiritual Beliefs and How Do They Impact Your Relationships/Relationship Status?

My spiritual beliefs are pretty simple. Jesus is Lord. And it impacts every single thing that I do, big or small…simple or complicated. You know how at the end of The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy turns to the Scarecrow and says: “I think I’ll miss you most of all”? Well, I think my walk with Jesus impacts my love life most of all.

God has saved me from toxic, damaging relationships. He has protected me from » Read More

Day 16: If You Planted a Time Capsule Right Now To Be Opened in 20 Years, What Would Be In It?

If I planted a time capsule right now that represented my life…what would be in it? Hmmm. I think I could probably fill it to the brim with books and call it a day. But that wouldn’t be very diverse, now would it?

There are the obvious things. My two books…words that will hopefully stand the test of time long after I’m gone. Writing is immortality, I suppose. It’s kind of nice knowing that 20 years » Read More

Day 15: Narrate a Conversation Between You and Someone Who You Never Had Closure With

It’s been almost exactly a year since I posted my last #30DayBloggingChallenge blog.  I actually wrote this a year ago and wasn’t brave enough to post it. Since I wrote this blog, I have actually had this final conversation of closure with this person, who many of you will recognize from my latest book I’ve Never Been to Vegas but My Luggage Has. I’ll save that final conversation for another day…but for now, here’s what » Read More

Quiet.

If every season of life has a word, I think the word for this season of my life is QUIET.

I’ve spent 35 years talking and analyzing and verbalizing and theorizing and chattering my days away. I’ve talked at other people and at God for far too long now. At what point does it stop being a conversation if you never just shut up and let the other person speak? I’m honestly tired of talking. Not » Read More

Sometimes They Come Back (Excerpt From Never Been to Vegas)

Because we’ve all gotten over someone JUST to have them return to our lives…

Because we’ve all had that ex that we just can’t quite get over…

Because true love has a habit of coming back…

Here’s an excerpt from my latest book I’ve Never Been to Vegas but My Luggage Has: Mishaps & Miracles on the Road to Happily Ever After:

In April of 2011, I finally at long last closed the door on my long-suffering relationship with “Mr. » Read More

Where I’ve Been. Where I Am. Where I’m Going.

I’ve been on a bit of a “hiatus” for the past three months and I thought maybe it was time to explain myself.

Some of you may have noticed I haven’t been tweeting or blogging or posting on social media in general as much (or at all. My blog sadly hasn’t been updated since March until today and my Facebook page went largely neglected as well). Some of you might not have missed me at all. » Read More

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