Note to Self: Wringing Out the Words When Writing is Hardest

Note to Self: Wringing Out the Words When Writing is Hardest

It’s one of those days. The words aren’t coming easy. You’re trying to find them, but they are falling into flat, pasty sentences that taste like cardboard and translate poorly. You can’t see them mattering.

You’re wondering, “Why bother?”

You have read so many stories from so many talented writers. You’ve soaked up their words with all the awe and wonder that comes with, “Aha! See?! I’m not alone. Someone knows what that felt like.” Continue reading

Returning to Your College Town (There and Back Again: Part 1)

Returning to Your College Town (There and Back Again: Part 1)

It’s strange to walk the streets of a place/city you’ve once lived in, grown in, cried in, and thrived in. It’s strange because you remember exactly what it felt like, what the routine of sounds and sights consisted of, and how familiar it all became during your time there. You remember the exact shade of yellow all the license plates were, and you remember the old smell of the library and the chiming tone of the elevator in your best friend’s halls when the doors opened. You remember how wobbly the buses were and exactly what the raindrops felt like while you waited for that bus to arrive. Continue reading

Looking For Bittersweet Fireworks

Looking For Bittersweet Fireworks

I debated this entire blog post. Honestly, because I thought it would be just a little too honest and a little too close to home. But I realized that the 4th of July is upon us and in the same second I realized I haven’t written a blog post in a long time, and then I thought: “Why not put the two together?” Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

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

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. Continue reading

One Step Forward After Finishing My Degree

One Step Forward After Finishing My Degree

So here I am. One day after turning in my dissertation, my final project for university, and it’s been relaxing. I’ve done all the things I’ve wished I could do back when I had to be studying and writing, and it’s been just one day and I’m already sick of it. Continue reading