June 28, 2018

I was taught growing up men did not wear pink.

It wasn’t so much a spoken commandment as it was an implied one. It was lumped together with other ‘forbidden’ things such as bracelets, necklaces, and earrings which ‘threatened one’s masculinity’. 

I remember a teacher onc...

April 18, 2018

I glanced up at the security monitors at the self-checkout lane in Walmart and saw a tired person staring back at me. Maybe it was just the life draining fluorescent lighting, but those bags under my eyes looked as if they were starring in a leading role on the stage t...

November 19, 2017

When I was little, I’d often find myself staring at the darkened ceiling unable to fall asleep because I was afraid.

Imaginary scenarios would swirl around in my mind on repeat with each one getting scarier and scarier than the last. There was the time I thought my hous...

July 13, 2017

Few times in my life have I been surrounded by such a diverse crowd than the times I spent on the New York subway. 

Technically that is probably not true, but when you’re stuck in a moving box feeling helplessly suspended in time, you can’t help but notice the people wh...

December 15, 2016

(photo by Karl Fredrickson)

I left the staff Christmas dinner feeling thankful. Thankful that I work with an amazing group of people, thankful for that Christmas bonus, and thankful that I get to do a job I love. I am blessed.


Those three words, sometimes four if...

June 8, 2016

I'm many things.

I'm 26. I'm a Community Impact Director at WAY-FM. I'm a creator. I'm an extroverted introvert. I'm short.

These things, although true, fail to accurately define me, becauseI'm not those things. Those things only describe me and what I like to do.


May 27, 2016


I spent last week in the mountains of West Virginia with friends I hadn't seen in a long time. 


Our days were filled with Disney movies, board games, theological discussions, and almost drowning in a river. It was as if we were back at college again, procrastinat...

May 8, 2016


Sometimes, I feel so hopelessly unsatisfied.


I get myself wrapped up in this crazy notion that perhaps somewhere in the past I was once happier. 


It's a dismal way of thinking, and I don't think I'm the only one who falls for this trap of discontentment. We remember t...

April 4, 2016

I have a secret I've been keeping for a very long time. One I know some of my friends and family will not understand. However, I can no longer keep this to myself. It's too big of a burden to bear.

I am a Disney World Sceptic!!! 

There. I said it, and that felt good. 


December 17, 2015

One of my favorite Christmastime traditions is staying up after my family goes to bed, and sitting reflectively alone. The house is quiet and dark, the tree is lit, and I sip my tea as I listen to the most somber Christmas music I can find. Preferably "Have Yourself A...

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