a year of baths : on learning the art of self-care

I took more baths in 2014 than all the years combined since childhood. When I look back on 2014, I picture myself either being asked 20 questions about my large belly or sinking into a (not too hot) bath. From February to May, I would sit in the bathtub ridden with nausea. During the hot […]

McDonalds on New Year’s Day

I ate McDonalds for breakfast on New Year’s Day. Yes, I was hungover. At 1pm the day before, do you know what I had planned for January 1st? I would wake up early, start training for my first marathon, finish a work project, deep clean my house, organize my pantry, make a budget, and write […]


Chinese lady and kids

I lived in China in my early twenties. The best way to describe China is the way my sister did when she came to visit. Instead of arriving in a different country, she said felt like she stepped off the plane onto a different planet. The swarms of people staring at us foreigners took some […]

Your Story Must Be Told


“I can’t share my story.” “No one cares what I have to say.” “I’m under qualified.” “I’m too busy.” “It’s too late for me.” Are these excuses keeping you from telling your story? You have a story to tell. We all do. Whether it’s through sentences on a page, a song, a painting, a speech […]

You are Worth Loving

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Your friends are probably like mine in that they combat rejection with sayings like “You deserve better”; “You’re too good for him!”; “He’s crazy not to like ­you”—​­right? But rejection often makes us feel the ­opposite—​­like we are unworthy of love and will never be good enough for a man. Because if you have never […]

“Do You Have a Boyfriend?” | A Guest Post

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Today’s post will resonate with many of my single readers. How often do people ask about your relational status and make you feel like that is the entirety of who you are? I’m thrilled Krista wrote in with this guest post today. Bio: Krista McKinney is a Nashville native currently living in Texas. Her newest […]

Fistful of Ashes | What are You Holding?


What do you love? Who do you love? For me, I love my husband more than anyone in the world. I love my family. I have some very dear friends that I love deeply. I also love to plan the future. I love writing and hope to grow this blog to 10,000 followers by January […]

You’re Going to be O.K.


My emotions grabbed my heart. I sobbed uncontrollably. Hiding in a dark office, the feelings were all too familiar. The unanswered questions about Michael’s health left me ridden with anxiety and fear. The mile high medical bills seemed to remind me at every turn of my inadequacy. The uncertainty of the future turned my focus […]

What Now? Part II : Where You Lead, I Will Follow

We boarded a bus with chickens and headed into the unknown. Finny, Xin, Bobo and I were off on a great adventure—to a small town in China that might as well have been the edge of the planet. We armed ourselves with nothing more than prayer God would use us to share the Good News […]

What Now? | When Life Doesn’t Turn Out Like You Planned


Single way older than you ever imagined? Failed marriage? Dead-end job? Shattered dreams? In 2008, I joined a missions organization and moved across the globe to the land of population overload: China. I envisioned a year that was challenging, but overall filled with joy and fun times with my team and our Chinese friends. But nothing […]