november 18 . 2016

stories about community • part 2

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We were about 7 or 8, attending summer daycamp for the first time. Our older siblings had hyped camp up for years and anticipation in the air was thick. As we walked into the huge gathering room with exposed log rafters and huge barn doors, we were prompted to take our seats on the smooth concrete floors where cold chill seeped through jean shorts making us shiver in the early-Oregon-summer morning. Continue reading “november 18 . 2016”

october 28 . 2016

being aware : first-world ethics

Once we know and are aware, we are responsible for our action and our inaction. We can do something about it or ignore it. Either way, we are still responsible.

– Jean Paul Sartre

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I began waking up to the real-world-horror of fast-fashion and slave labor this Summer as I perused my friend Ellie’s website. Knowing that my clothes from Target and Nordstrom are most likely not ethically made didn’t really impact me until I watched True Cost, a documentary (available on Netflix!) which shares real stories from real people who, as slave laborers, make the clothes that we buy.

It started to change the way that I thought about clothing and materialism, and the value(s) we place on them. Continue reading “october 28 . 2016”

october 21 . 2016

being present : seasons

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My commutes on Thursday mornings are eeaaaarrrrllllyyyy. I fondly refer to myself as a “morning person” but a 5am alarm can be jarring at times, even for me.

The drive time from my home on the mountain to the little school where I recruit, enroll, and advise is anywhere from 18 to 45 minutes. This particular Thursday, I took a different route to work and pulled up a podcast I recently discovered (I know, sooo late to the party). Continue reading “october 21 . 2016”

october 14 . 2016

 

being present : the phone

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I have a favorite bookmark.

This bookmark was given to me by a dear friend from my season of living in California. I became the fourth and youngest member of a prayer group/book club, made up of ladies who loved Jesus and wanted to know Him more. Debbie, Grace, Justina and I met for 2 years, every Thursday, reading and discussing incredible books like Intercessory Prayer by Dutch Sheets, The Utter Relief of Holiness by John Eldredge, and The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. One Christmas, Justina made us each a gorgeous ribbon bookmark. I had never seen one before and was completely captivated. I think this is maybe where my obsession with gold began. Continue reading “october 14 . 2016”

october 7 . 2016

October is my favorite month.

Main reason: it’s getting colder. If you know me even a little, you know I prefer cold weather (read: I really really dislike the heat).

This morning, I added a scarf to my outfit for the first time this season because the chill in the air was just so delicious. There is nothing like walking outside, covered with the right layers in the right places so that cozy goes with you everywhere except your cheeks. Your cheeks are tickled with the 55 degree air but you love it because Fall. Continue reading “october 7 . 2016”

september 30 . 2016

stories about community • part 1 

Lately, I can’t talk about [authentic] [healthy] community without mentioning the concepts of “vulnerability” and “acceptance”. As I begin to process this idea in this space, it’s helpful for me (maybe for you, too!) to consider the exact definitions of those words:

authentic: of undisputed origin; genuine. made or done in the traditional or original way, or in a way that faithfully resembles an original. (in existentialist philosophy) relating to or denoting an emotionally appropriate, significant, purposive, and responsible mode of human life. Continue reading “september 30 . 2016”

september 23 . 2016

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Today I am wrestling with some questions.

How do we process uncomfortable things in our lives – like, character flaws, or interpersonal and relational issues, negative or unhelpful behaviors?

How do we not allow ourselves to get depressed by the epiphany of discovery and turn into a recluse and hide because of the dumb and stupid things we said when we were unfiltered? How do we not ignore the epiphany? Continue reading “september 23 . 2016”

september 16 . 2016

a love letter to september

Dear September,

You’re one of my favorites. Not quite as magical as October, but certainly delightful in your own way.

Your morning chill creeps in quietly, trying desperately not to be noticed by all those Summer-lovers out there. As soon as the sun is fully apparent over that distant mountain across my valley, you dash away, not to be felt again until dusk. Continue reading “september 16 . 2016”

september 9 . 2016

domesticity post !!!

We hosted a family birthday dinner this week and I (thanks to Labor Day) had the day off. I was invited to make the appetizer for our gathering. We have an abundance of Italian plums this late summer from the old tree at the bottom of our field and though I could eat them by themselves all day long, I wanted to use them in a creative sweet/savory dish. Continue reading “september 9 . 2016”