If you know me, you know that I have vivid dreams (the night-time kind, although I suppose I also have vivid day-time dreams, too). I have forced my roommates, family members, and students many times over to hear the ridiculous stories of my far-fetched dreams, laughing over the way things get twisted up in my… Continue reading Is It Possible for Dreams to Have Meaning?
“Some people won’t sail the sea ‘cause they’re safer on land, to follow what’s written, but I’d follow you to the great unknown, off to a world we call our own …“ (“Tightrope” from The Greatest Showman) When I was twenty, I was bursting at the seams with ideas, dreams, hopes, and plans. The future… Continue reading Have I Become Afraid to Dream?
Whoever started the myth that intelligence isn’t beautiful was wrong. The stereotype of nerds being full of knowledge but geeky and awkward in appearance does an injustice to the idea that true beauty stems from the mind and heart. Because truly, intelligence isn’t just about knowledge of facts. It’s an assimilation of said facts into… Continue reading Why an Intelligent Mind is a Beautiful Thing
I discovered this quote on Pinterest recently, posted it in our national student leadership group the other night, and was suddenly struck by its profundity. I am a person who frequently feels tired. Exhausted and sleep-deprived to be more specific. Every night when I set my alarm for the next morning, I sigh at the… Continue reading Learning to Rest, Not Quit
As children, we tended to be pretty blunt about making friends. We might have even asked someone, “Will you be my friend?” To which the other person [hopefully] would respond with, “Yes!” And then, with your relationship satisfactorily settled, you happily got about the business of playing together. As adults, we are much more subtle… Continue reading Is Your Friendship an Afterthought or a Main Feature?
Some people think about things too much. I will freely admit that I am one of those people. In fact, you might be a little frightened by the rapidity of how many things I can possibly think about in the span of a few moments. For example … “Adelia. That’s a pretty name for a… Continue reading Grace for the Over-Thinker
My mind, as I have discovered recently, has the most difficult time being still. It is constantly active, constantly looking for something to “work on.” Perhaps I’m running through a list of things that need to get done, flinching at the stack of grading I’m avoiding, trying not to forget all that I need to… Continue reading Discovering the Pause
Inspired by the song “Priceless” by For King & CountryIt’s time to start training our young ladies and young men to view beauty differently. It’s time to start helping them see the beauty in every soul – not just those that immediately catch our eye because of the outward casing. It’s time to stop buying… Continue reading You Are Beautiful Because …
I am what some people might call a productive person. You know – the kind with a to-do list always on their counter top, an orderly schedule and routine, and commitments galore penciled into my calendar. My mind has always thought in neat charts and check-marks and standard Times New Roman font. I was the… Continue reading The Parasite of Perfectionism
There’s a movie coming out in February called “How to Be Single” (conveniently right before Valentine’s Day). How do I know this? Because the Internet knows all about me (including my relationship status) and popped that little trailer into my Facebook newsfeed, thinking I would be all into it. I will admit, the first time… Continue reading How to Be Single – Hollywood’s Playbook or God’s Playbook?