birthday roses
May 27, 2015


Life has been busy. Working on various projects, traveling, finalizing my first book (more to come on this! :), and striving to make time for friends and family has taken a toll. I find myself making lists to keep up…and taking less time to wind down. But I remain so thankful. Today is my birthday - Read More -

count your blessings
January 24, 2015


As I near the final stages of recovery from the flu, I have become a little reflective. It is pretty clear that I had not been getting enough sleep in the midst of traveling and committing to too many things. I set myself up perfectly for being sick. And the flu had an astounding way - Read More -

morning sun over niagra falls
December 29, 2014


I’m irritable when I’m tired. I’m impatient when I’m hungry. Loud noises, bad smells, and big crowds can wear me down. But I made it through loud holiday celebrations, crowded airports, and a kind lady sitting next to me on a plane that continued to pass gas throughout the flight. Haha! (True story.)  Though I’m - Read More -

in knots
November 19, 2014


Many weeks ago, a woman [that I didn't know] approached me in a parking garage and said, “I’m trying to get to your level.” I laughed her comment off with a smile and kept walking. But she continued, following me, and said, “I know it wasn’t easy.” We were walking together now towards the steps - Read More -

beside forever
September 28, 2014


While mentoring a high school student recently, I told her that life is about showing up and letting go. I explained to her that you have to continue to show up for new opportunities in life…but that you can only have room for new opportunities if you let go of past disappointments. She was a math - Read More -

July 17, 2014


This week, I had the great fortune of being able to visit with my uncle in Portland! I had not seen him for many years, though it didn’t feel it had been that long ago. I guess it is no coincidence that familiar is derived from family. Being around my uncle felt so familiar. He reminded me of my - Read More -

Cologne kids
June 22, 2014


While I was in Germany, I had the incredible opportunity to speak with a group of middle and high school aged students at my friend’s school. We spoke of many different things and they asked me many important questions like, “Do you have a boyfriend?” and “What kind of car do you drive?” and “Are - Read More -

flower path
June 14, 2014


Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people who can say, “I never get sick.” When I miss sleep and over-schedule myself, it’s a pretty good bet that I will pay for it later. Traveling to four countries in two weeks was a bold plan…and I definitely needed some time to recover and get back to - Read More -

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