This month I'm participating in a Gratitude Challenge. Just being in nature and looking at nature - living things that are green and orange and yellow and pink and swaying in the breeze - fills me up with a sort of power. The past couple of years I have been more aware than ever of … Continue reading Nature
One of the reasons I moved to Jarabacoa from San Pedro de Macoris three years ago was to "build my life from the ground up." When I moved to San Pedro (three months after graduating from college), I felt very much like I was plopped down into a life. People I had never met before … Continue reading From the Ground Up
This past weekend I went on a Young Life Training Retreat. Nearly 20 of us Young Life staff and volunteers traveled the windy road between Jarabacoa and Constanza until we reached this big ol' cabin in the woods where there was no WiFi and hardly any running water. There was, however, a giant table big … Continue reading Not Sad, but Perhaps Overwhelmed
At the beginning of the month I had what I’m referring to as a breakdown. My version of a “breakdown” is characterized by an overwhelming and all consuming feeling of failure. Seemingly triggered by nothing in particular (although I’m suspecting pre-menstrual hormones might have something to do with the timing) I will start getting insecure … Continue reading I am not a failure
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuYOnYL6G0Y Some bloggers choose a word for the year. A word to focus and inspire them. I have done this in the past and while I didn't intentionally choose a word for 2018, a word that continues to come to mind is intention. I have always valued intentionality and try to be intentional in my speech … Continue reading Intention // So Will I
Don’t you just love social media? I love it. I love videos of dogs and cats doing funny things and I love getting able to read funny Tumblr highlights on Facebook (there’s a Facebook group… or two) without actually having to go into the black hole, time suck that is Tumblr. Most of all, I … Continue reading Remember
I am grateful for the mystery of peace, for the way my fears and anxieties and worries and complaints melt away in the presence of magnificent mountains. On the back of a motorcycle, on the way to town, mundane day to day moments are made wonderful by the towering presence of the mountains. They're right … Continue reading i am grateful (for m).
Back sometime in the fall I chose a word for 2015. A word to set the tone of the year, a mood to strive for, and a word to focus on. I chose soften and this year really has been about softening. I live by myself now, back in the corner apartment of a quiet building. … Continue reading Here’s the thing about being simply grateful
i am grateful for soup and friends and temperatures below 80 degrees. i am grateful for grace in the face of my complaints. i am grateful for the opportunity to be grateful. i am grateful for YouTube and the internet and communicating with friends who live far away. i am grateful for the boldness of … Continue reading i am grateful (for today).
This week, despite some really fun times, I've been on the verge of a grumpy explosion. Today I finally figured out why - my routine has been totally off. (I am my father's daughter!) It feels good to look back on a week full of canceled tutoring, special McDonalds dinners, and flooded living rooms from … Continue reading Check this out!