Imperfection, living well, Perfectionism, thoughts on cracked pots / 14.02.2018

It was one of the first plays I’d ever auditioned for. At sixteen, I was a college freshman, and my introverted self was struggling to connect socially. Drama wasn’t my thing, but I thought it would be a fun way to get involved and make some new friends. The audition went surprisingly well. I reached down deep and drew out my inner diva (believe me, it took some digging). A few days later, I made call backs for the musical part of the audition! This should have been easy for me. I’d spent my high school years touring with our church choir...

God-sized Dreams, living well / 14.02.2018

The road to my home goes up the side of a mountain. It curves back and forth, as it winds its way up the steep incline. As I was driving it the other day, I thought how it repeatedly takes us in the opposite direction of our house. The road to our house sometimes takes us away from our house. The road to our dreams is a lot like the road up the mountain to my home. When I began to pursue my dream of writing, I could see my goal clearly. And my vision of attaining it was a road that was straight up. But life. It apparently...

Uncategorized / 20.12.2017

See that brave little girl up there? She's who I want to be when I grow up! Can't you just feel her courage and strength? Or is it naiveté? Maybe. But maybe not. Maybe she's still in touch with who she was created to be. Unscathed by the harsh realities life has yet to throw her way, she's acutely aware of her power. She isn't perfect. You don't need to be when you're Supergirl. She's been loved well, and it's made her invincible. Like I said, she's my hero, and today she's my inspiration for some brave steps of my own! My first book, An Imperfect Woman: Letting...

Uncategorized / 14.09.2017

The realization of a dream isn’t half as dreamy as dreaming it. It’s the put on your big girl pants, pull up your bootstraps, and get to work part of seeing our dreams come to reality. Dreaming isn’t for the faint of heart. At least not the “dreams come true” part. But often the inevitable roadblocks to our dreams cause us to doubt or even convince us we must be on the wrong path. And the voice of doubt has all kinds of subtle dream-killer phrases to choose from: “God must not really want me to pursue this dream.” “I must have heard Him wrong.” “Maybe I don’t really have what it takes.” “Tomorrow, next week, next month, next...

adult kids, community, family, God-sized Dreams / 20.02.2017

When I was a kid, no one talked about community. It just was, and it was everywhere—in the fire lane where we’d meet to play football and at the pool where long summer days were spent keeping cool. We found community at school, church, Girl Scouts, youth group, softball practice, etc. Wherever I spent my day, I'd typically end it at home with my sister, mom, and dad. They were the days before the Internet when we had only four TV channels (five if the weather was right and someone sat in just the right spot in the living room). We...