"...as women, in a world where we are told what we need to do to matter is to get thinner and thinner and thinner and smaller and smaller, we lose touch with the fact that the most beautiful thing we can do is grow fuller and richer and to feel the full weight of ourselves." … Continue reading When Your BFF is Insecurity
I’m a big fan of feelings. I prefer the good ones, of course, but I can appreciate the value of a vast array. I want to feel them and talk about them and write about them and read about them and dance wildly because of them. I want to feel them so intensely that they … Continue reading An Open Response to Every Vaguely Encouraging Blog Post I’ve Recently Read
A week ago, I was one of the last of 25,000 Lutherans left in New Orleans. I was supposed to be gone the day before but Southwest imploded and the apocalypse was impending and, well, I'll get to that later. 25,000 Lutherans were in New Orleans because of the LCMS Youth Gathering: a conference that … Continue reading The World is Nuts. And Joy.
I wonder if when they invented the Internet, (Aliens? Al Gore? Who invented the internet?!) they ever expected it to get so very opinionated. There are so many opinions. Everyone seems to know what's best for me: how I should think, act, feel, respond. Oy. I won't do that to you. I do not have advice … Continue reading Do Not Read This if You Want Advice
I have always said that my two greatest fears are the very reason I will never get a tattoo. For the record, I think tattoos are awesome. I think girls who can rock a sleeve are, to quote Marty from Grease, the living end. (Have you seen Grease? Because you have to say it the … Continue reading Why, Though I Try, I’ll Never Be Quite as Cool As the Girl in This Picture
I am sitting in a coffee shop in tears, again. This happens. I sobbed like a maniac in an Applebee's in Michigan while processing our cross-country move as a fourteen year old. I sobbed like a maniac in a far-too-fancy Mexican restaurant downtown Austin a few years later when I found out we were leaving our … Continue reading Why You Should Never Let Anyone Make You Feel Bad for Sobbing in Public Places
I'm sitting here in Nashville, Tennessee waiting for two of my very favorite humans to get off the dang plane and join me for the weekend. It's like Christmas. Their flight doesn't come in for another hour but I got to the city three hours ago just to feel like it's started. I worked late … Continue reading Fake April Christmas
It took me over a year to read Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist. Non-fiction books are like that for me. Most of my most favorite, mind and heart-altering books I have only read through about three quarters. If there's not a beautiful romance to tie together with a kiss on the last page then … Continue reading The Last Supper & Tacos
Darling. Are you overwhelmed? I thought so. How on earth did I know? Well, here’s how: We are all overwhelmed. We are all a little frantic, a little frenzied. We are all a little worried about what the future will bring, a tad frightened that maybe we our fifteen year old selves were right all … Continue reading When You Don’t Know How That Chocolate Got On Your Foot
It is (apparently) one of my greatest goals in life to never, ever, under any circumstances practice what I preach. It’s as if I find something to be passionate and preachy about and then make very sure that I am very not good at that thing. Some of my favorite things to preach are encouragement … Continue reading Dear Self, Sorry.