Thoughts on Leaving the Teen Years Behind

Thoughts on Leaving the Teen Years Behind

I turned twenty the other day. Some of my brain still refuses to wrap around that fact, but the rest of it is content to leave the teen years behind. Here are my thoughts on having successfully completed (and by that I mean…well…survived/existed/been breathing and learning) two decades of life in this round world. Continue reading

Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Getting Your Life Together

Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Getting Your Life Together

It was bright, sunny, AND warm this past weekend. Hello shorts and hello summer! Despite it being Saturday, I managed to roll out of bed at 8:30 and it wasn’t actually painful (I know right!? I almost high-fived myself). Now I’m pretty sure (okay 100% sure) that this was because my motivation was meeting up with some friends for coffee, because not much can get me awake at that hour on a Saturday, but that day the early morning alarm Continue reading

The Divine in Carpenter’s Clothes

The Divine in Carpenter’s Clothes

Matthew 13:53-58

How often do we overlook the divine and miraculous simply because we know where it came from?

I remember as a child I thought the deck of cards from Alice in Wonderland came to paint the leaves red in the autumn, but the real answer when I was old enough to understand did not make them any less amazing. In fact, they were almost prettier. Continue reading

And My Song Shall Ever Be

And My Song Shall Ever Be

Happy Thursday. This is the third time I’ve woken up in my new house. My family just moved about twenty minutes away to Clyde from Waynesville where we originally arrived in North Carolina, and so far I’ve discovered there’s little that’s better than sitting with my morning cup of coffee in front of glass doors that look out over the back porch and rolling green hills. Continue reading

Writing in Coffee Shops

Writing in Coffee Shops

I’m going to write a coffee shop tourist post today because I haven’t written one of those in a while. This photo was taken in a new Costa location by Portsmouth and Southsea station. It’s closer to my Tuesday morning lecture than the ones on Commercial Road, and I personally identify with Gilmore Girls at that time in the morning. Going to a coffee shop on a consistent basis for my lunch break in desperate need of coffee being the similarity I’m referring to. Continue reading

When You Don’t Know What To Write

When You Don’t Know What To Write

If I am going to be perfectly honest I’d have to say that I drafted this blog post during one of my lectures this afternoon. Yes, I know I should have been taking notes, but it at least looked like I was. I sit towards the back and text my sister back in America or doodle song lyrics in my notebook. Don’t worry I can still give a general outline of the lecture. But today I chose to spend the two-hour slot drafting a post on What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Write (really long title I know so I shortened it later). Continue reading

What Is Love?

What Is Love?

I have to admit, sometimes the state of the hearts and minds around me in the world discourages me. A few weeks ago we were doing an exercise in our script writing class about themes. It was close to the deadline for our submission and we had to go around and summarize our project in one word, giving the overall theme of the story. The teacher said, “When people walk out of the building after seeing this what are they going to say it was about?” Continue reading