People always give the disciples a hard time. Picture with me the stereotypical bearded, skinny-jean clad pastor's attempts at being relatable, “Can you believe it, church? Those boneheads didn’t get it again! Hahaha!” I get these jokes are supposed to make us feel good about ourselves and make the disciples more relatable… but have you … Continue reading For the Unsure and the Shamed.
I know plenty of women who are cool, purposeful, fashion-forward wives. Still, when I hear “wife,” my mind fills with the image of a large apron-clad Irish woman with her hair in a smart bun and her hands covered in flour . Apparently, somewhere in my psyche, “wife” became crossed with “baker” and I don’t … Continue reading Why I’m Afraid to Be a Wife (and also why I’m not.)
When one enters a new relationship of the romantic leaning (especially after taking an extended break from such things) people tend to have opinions. However, whatever their opinion, in my experience, they all have one thing to say: CONGRATULATIONS! I have only noticed this in the dating realm. Many a time, I have told someone, … Continue reading 5 Things Better than “Congratulations!” to Say to Your Friend Who Recently Started Dating Someone Awesome
I vividly remember being in the shower about a year and a half ago. That's not weird, okay? Just calm down and keep reading. We all know the best time for thinking is in the shower. And I was thinking about math. Again, not weird. It was life math: I was 24 at the time. … Continue reading Step One: Create a Plan
A couple years ago, I wrote a blog post called "Jesus Still Likes You If You're Single" and it was my very most favoritest post I've ever written in the history of writing blog posts ever. Ever. Unfortunately, it incorporated no gifs. Not one! How did anyone even get through the thing? Having a blog … Continue reading Jesus Still Likes You If You’re Single: Part 2
There was an Asian man, a black woman, a white male, and an… Italian woman? But the kind of Italian who’s clearly spent a few generations in Jersey, with fake eyelashes essentially brushing the train’s ceiling and nails long and immaculate. I slid my own bitten, unpolished nails in my coat pockets. No need to … Continue reading Train Rides and Train Wrecks.
I love spontaneity. However, it's become harder and harder to actually live in that reality. I say I love spontaneity, but then people say, "Come over! I'm lighting a bonfire and there are marshmallows involved!" And I respond with, "Oh! Nice! Definitely next time!" because I am either three blankets deep on the couch watching … Continue reading HGTV and Spontaneity
As the self-proclaimed Fall Hipster, (I loved fall before it was cool, JUST TRUST ME) it is imperative I take part in a handful of distinctively autumn experiences every year. When these experiences have been completed, I reach optimal happiness and can then and only then move along to the joys of Christmas. What are … Continue reading I Will Pull Out Your Guts.
I wake up every morning with my friends Savannah and Matt. They do not know they are my friends. This is because they live in New York, far away from Knoxville, and they are very busy hosting the Today Show. It's their loss, really. But their bright clothes and friendly banter remind me of being … Continue reading Broken Hearts & Church Bells
Over the last couple of weeks, a few of my friends’ lives have gone nuts. Like, y'all don't even know. Nuts. As my life has been going oddly smoothly, (does life going smoothly give anyone else anxiety? Like WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO TOPPLE, YOU SWEET TOWER OF GOODNESS? Treading carefully in this happiness…) I’ve … Continue reading The Potential Impact of Pints