Jet-Set Joy

As I board my 17th flight of 2017, I cannot help but note it because the number alignment is just too significant to ignore. This unplanned “gap semester” has been the best. Airports are crazy places. They house a flurry of on-the-go business travelers; sweet, familiar reuniters; excited, anticipatory vacation goers, and seriously everyone in […]

Lessons from Latin American Culture

It is incredible how much the idea of the elusive ‘perfection’ can take over a moment. It astonishes me how much the allure of seemingly good things can deceptively steal my presence and contentment in the moment right in front of me––for what it actually is. I think true rest and presence of mind includes […]

New Adventures: The Her Initiative

Hello! Update update update. As of recently, I am the new Marketing and Development intern at Healing Waters International headquartered in sweet, sweet Denver. God is so faithful and has a plan that I never could have asked for myself. What a reason to rejoice! Disclaimer: I’m going to describe what Healing Waters does using […]

Living Undivided

It is so crazy to be writing to you all again now because within the course of just a few short weeks, my life-course has come to a complete halt and turn around. In the past month and a half, I have boarded 6 airplanes, withdrawn from the university that I was attending, said some really hard […]

Hard Pressed: Being Refined When it Hurts

Jesus, restore me. Come be here. Those are the only words I could utter in prayer. There were points throughout my first semester of college that I was completely overwhelmed by anxiety, uncertainty, weakness, sleepless nights coughing up my lungs, longing, hurt, and even bitterness all at the same time. There were mornings that I […]

To the college student with dreams to change the world

Bob Goff, New York Times best-selling author of Love Does and founder of a nonprofit human rights organization, writes about the experience of informing his three young children of the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001. The three children, between the ages of 7 and 12 at the time, reacted with curiosity and wonder. When asked what they thought […]

The Power of Water

Water is a curious substance––its versatility unmatched. Depending on the occasion, it can be boiled to a steaming comfort, frozen to a bitter sting, or splashed in a playful spray. It falls from the sky, but also emerges from the ground. It can shoot bolts of shocking chills down the spine, or soothe every goose […]

You Belong Here: Loneliness and Belonging

During my college move-in weekend it was posted on every bulletin board. All the res-life staff made it a point of emphasis at every event throughout the first few weeks. It’s the phrase my parents encouraged me with over and over when I called home crying feeling hopeless and like I had made a huge […]

For the Sake of the World

Injustice. You don’t need me to tell you that it’s everywhere. On the news, in the papers, in our cities, our hallways, our neighborhoods, on our streets. There’s no denying that it is there. But if we’re being honest, sometimes we haven’t put ourselves in a position to see it for ourselves. It’s so easy […]

Peaks + Valleys

If you’ve never seen the world from 14,000+ feet, well, you don’t know what you’re missing. It is breathtaking… and in more than one way 😉 To show you what I’m talking about, here’s a little preview from the top of Mt Evans at 14,265 ft elevation (I didn’t hike this one, but drove to […]