30 People, Day 14: Pastor Jeff

Shout-Out to Pastor Jeff, for all I learned in the season under your leadership. I had a pretty poor attitude about moving from a small home church to a traditional Baptist church when my family made that change, but God knew that’s right where I needed to be. So I thank you… For teaching us…

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30 People, Day 13: Penny

Shout-Out to Penny, the first adult friend who treated me like an adult. I was a young teenager in a very small church, the only girl my own age and uncomfortably stuck between the kids and the grown-ups. Feeling too old and mature to be with the children, and seen by the adults as a…

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30 People, Day 12: The Mean Girls

Shout-Out to the mean girls sprinkled throughout my years. We all encounter them from time to time; we’ve all suffered their cattiness; we can all remember how they made us feel — those who teased us, ridiculed us, left us out. A shout-out to you because you were a necessary part of growing up. Because…

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30 People, Day 8: My Ballet Heroine

Shout-Out to my ballet heroine — the older Ashley, under whom I became known to the whole dance studio as “Little Ashley.” I didn’t mind the nickname, though, because you were the role model I looked up to. Thank you for being so kind, as a high school junior, to a ten-year-old little girl who…

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30 People, Day 7: Miss Elizabeth

Shout-Out to my ballet teacher, “Miss Elizabeth.” Outside of family, you were one of the earliest and longest-term influences in my young life. From once-a-week lessons starting at age 3, to being invited to join the competition team at age 9, to countless hours spent at the studio until age 19 — you were absolutely…

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10 Years Since 21

Today’s my 31st birthday. YIKES. Really, I haven’t thought much about it or had many feelings about it…. until, like, yesterday. { Note to self: Thirty-one is too old to still be using “like” as a sentence-filler. Stop it. } Suddenly, in my mind, 31 sounded OLD. Thirty was kind of a bridge, like I…

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Discovering ‘Self Care’ and What it Means to Me

I’ve disliked the terms self care and self love ever since they became popular buzzwords in the last couple of years. I don’t know where it came from, but suddenly, out of nowhere, the internet was obsessed with this idea of ‘self care.’ A quick Pinterest search gives you: A 30-day self care challenge 50…

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How Are Those Goals?

Hey there friends. Did you realize we’re already 3 months into 2017? Crazy, but it’s true! So my question for you today is… How are those goals coming? At the beginning of the year, I shared with you some of my big goals for the year, told you that you can hold me accountable if…

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The One Year

Tomorrow is February 18th. The due date. Since the due date that has already come and gone once since our miscarriage, this time it’s not just her due date, but her first birthday. One year. Our baby would have been one year old this weekend. It’s kinda surreal. Sometimes I try to imagine what life…

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Peering Back at ’16

Today I made a #bestnine2016 photo collage, showcasing 9 favorite photos that sum up my 9 favorite things from this year. I shared it on Facebook, but I’d like to also share it here… maybe with a bit deeper insight into each photo. Because today is a day for reflection, right? The last day of…

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