January Jitters: Is the Best Behind Me?

January has begun and is already almost over.

I feel like I start a lot of blog posts commenting on the natural process of time passing, but it’s because I haven’t gotten my head around the concept quite yet. Maybe it will click sometime in later years, but for now it hasn’t, and I still marvel. (more…)

How I Figured Out What I Wanted To Do

A few months ago, I was sitting in the hammock on my porch, trying to read, and being rather unsuccessful. I was also trying to write about where my brain was currently at, in an attempt to organize it I guess, but was also being rather unsuccessful.


Why I Don’t Want It, Unless He Wants It For Me

Be careful asking God for more, because He will always deliver.

I think God has worked on me in stages, as He normally does, but in much larger stages than usual at the start of my college years because I finally asked for more, discontent with the level I was experiencing His presence in my life. (more…)

50 Things That Make Me Smile (Even On Sad Days)

In case y’all didn’t know, I love making lists. I keep a bullet journal in my purse almost at all times in case I ever have the need to jot something down like a story idea, a good character name I came across at the grocery store, or a list I made in the middle of a coffee shop over a latte and a chocolate croissant. (more…)

When Location Isn’t Everything

Over the past week I’ve woken up at home. Finally at home, and for an indefinite period of time. I’ve looked forward to this very much since I haven’t gotten to stay in one place indefinitely for a very long time. (more…)

What Happens When My Jesus Dates Are Lookin’ Kinda Lazy?

Today started kinda ordinary. It’s my day off so I slept in a little later than I should have. It took me a tiny bit longer to get downstairs and make a cup of coffee. Instead of working on my upcoming deadline I flipped open my bible. In my mind, Jesus time was more important than starting my writing project right then…right? (more…)

Thoughts From A Sleepy Student Before Sunrise

I’m gonna start this off by not actually admitting what the time was when my alarm went off. Cause I’m well aware that it wasn’t exactly the earliest time ever, but it was before sunrise so that’s all that reallyyyy matters. (more…)



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A Little Bit About Me

A Little Bit About Me


Hi. *waves* My name is Madeleine.

I have a slight addiction to new notebooks and chocolate, and I have this weird habit of reading upside down. Mornings are really not okay with me unless lots of coffee is involved, and I am rarely without a paperback and/or fluffy socks. I have three younger sisters who love to laugh and give hugs, and we share a mutual love for dragons and our golden retriever.

As much as I consider myself a local coffee shop tourist, I like collecting stamps in my passport as well, and I babble about characters I love as if they were real people. I also really really love strawberries and bubbles and singing about Jesus.

I’m currently living in North Carolina after graduating with a degree in Creative and Media Writing from the University of Portsmouth in England. I originally started a blog hoping to write down some stories and adventures from my travels, and now it has continued to include any other miscellaneous writings and wonderings that happen to cross my mind.

The Salt Compass

The Salt Compass


“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?” (Matthew 5:13)

From beaches, to caramel chocolate bars, pretzels, fries, and lattes, I find that all of the above is just better with a little bit of salt. To be the salt of the earth is to go through life bringing out the colors, flavors, and smells that my Father created me to find. I never want to lose sight of what truly makes this life salty, and as I follow in His footsteps, I want to leave footprints as salty as He did.

So this blog is a little of everything I suppose. Travel, thoughts, writing, wondering & wandering, walking barefoot by the sea. Coffee shops, favorite places and spaces, books & music. Reflections, ideas, experiments & observations. This and that.

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