Skinny Won't Solve Your Problems.

Cameron Russell is a stunningly tall woman with shiny brunette hair cascading down her back. As a 16-year-old, she began traveling across the globe as an esteemed model. She lives a lifestyle of fashion and fame, and she frequently participates in luxury fashion shows and editorial shoots for Vogue. Cameron is lucky; if we were all as pretty as her, we would be so much happier. To be gorgeous means […]

 

So, You're Not a Virgin...

As I dove deep into the world of Christian writers and speakers over the past few years, it became painfully obvious that there exists a divide between sons and daughters of Christ over issues like sexuality, modesty, and the holy v-word — Virginity. At 27 years old, I still turn red and tear up when I hear someone on a stage denounce the loss of virginity and praise purity.  Don’t […]

 

Confessions of a Self-Doubter

Three weeks until the annual youth conference at my church. Three weeks to prepare lessons, deep discussions, service projects and notable scriptures. I’ve been teaching this young group of girls for the past five years, you would think I would have a better handle on it. I have a confession to make…I don’t. My head is pounding and my anxiety level is rising. I scour the internet, study my books […]

 

Vulnerability Remorse

I climbed into my car, sliding across the front seat and slamming the door simultaneously. It was a foggy evening and the marine layer that hung in the air over Pacific coastal towns had left its mark all over my car windshield. I sighed, turning the key in the ignition. I had fun… I think I had fun? No…I had fun. But then why did I feel so unsettled? Why […]

 

One Word

Let me be the first to welcome you to the end of January. How are those New Years resolutions going? If you are anything like me, they have already seen their demise. Cajoleries such as weekend dates with Netflix and those ever-addicting bags of honey mustard pretzel bits have the tendency to lure me into a state of vegetation as strongly as a sale on muscle milk would lure a […]

 

Changing

Flashback to August 9th, 2012. I packed up all I could fit into my Honda, said bye to all I had known, and hit the road. I decided to move 10 hours away to sunny Florida to fix my damaged heart and to set out on a journey to find myself. I left my comfort zone, my family, my friends, my job, and where everything was handed to me. I […]

 

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

A nosebleed helped me learn to love myself. How, you might ask? Well, first I have to give you some background. I was in 7th grade when two boys from my class messaged me to meet them because they “thought I was cute.” When I said no, because I didn’t really know them, I was bombarded with hate. Words like “ugly” and “fat” kept appearing in their little AIM bubbles. […]

 

Idealizing a Pinteresting Life

When Pinterest became a “thing” a couple years ago, I was one of the first to sign up. I don’t say that in an “I’m-a-hipster-I-liked-it-before-it-was-cool” kind of way either. I admit that sheepishly, as someone who spends way too much time online, on her phone, and well, shopping. As the laziest shopper alive, Pinterest seemed perfect because I could eat copious amounts of junk food on my couch watching Law […]

 

Comfort in Discomfort

The month of October is my favorite. Maybe it’s the way the rust-colored leaves smell of spice and earth or the feeling of change in the air…but it always makes me feel more alive. Like we’re on the edge of something more than just winter. There’s something about being in the heart of autumn that makes me feel like anything is possible… And this October anything was possible. For example, […]

 

His Peace He Gives

I woke up this morning so thankful to finally have had a good night’s rest. For the past four days I haven’t been able to sleep well. I was tossing and turning, waking up feeling troubled. Things had been really rough at home. My husband and I seemed distant, and it seemed as though my patience lasted but a minute with my twins. I had began to feel lost in the realities of […]