Our pastor in Virginia told us a few weeks ago, “There is no ‘tired’ like ‘new parent tired.’” Add a sudden cross-country move and a global pandemic on top of that, and the result is a complicated mix of tired, angsty, lonely, and generally just stretched. I think stretched in particular describes most of what I have felt for the past two months, both in … Continue reading Moving, Motherhood, and Other Hard Things
Terms like “budget” and “financial awareness” have struck dread in my heart for as long as I can remember. I know that the majority of my most pertinent, deeply-embedded sins are made manifest in the way that I’ve approached financial matters for the past decade of my young adult life. Many of the Whys behind my spending habits are linked with some unhealthy, unbiblical philosophy. … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Money
Writing in the 21st century can be hard. On one hand, it seems most people are convinced they have something new and important to say about every conceivable topic. The market is flooded. It isn’t a very novel thing (pardon the pun) to call yourself a writer in any capacity these days, regardless of what type of writing you enjoy. On the other hand, there … Continue reading Do I Keep Blogging?
Most of us have been taught to think of integrity in a very one-dimensional, surface level way. If you were to ask me even a week ago what the term means, I’d have probably answered that “to have integrity is to demonstrate consistency and honesty.” We also tend to think of integrity as something that only belongs to extra virtuous people – someone who refuses … Continue reading Reflecting on Integrity
One thing I’m grateful for during this week of Thanksgiving is the opportunity to visit in-laws and friends in Colorado (which is providing plenty of time for extra blog writing!). There is only so much you can do in Northern Virginia to deviate from its culture of busyness and ambition, especially when there are only tiny pockets of natural beauty left amidst the office buildings … Continue reading Giving Thanks In All Things
I remember catching the minimalism bug after watching the well-known documentary on Netflix a couple years ago. For several months afterward (and even now, honestly) I desired to give away my possessions and move into a tiny house, leaving the American dream behind and pursuing a life filled with new meaning and intentionality. As it does with many people, this obsession with the “less is … Continue reading Materialism, Minimalism, And Moving House
How many of us are really just theoretically Reformed? This is something I’ve been asking myself as I near the completion of my undergraduate degree. I wish I could say my affirmations of God’s sovereignty were easy to actually apply to all the realities in my life, but the truth is that I struggle just as much as anyone else with trusting that the Lord’s … Continue reading Commencement and Surface Calvinism