Heart Surgery: Who do You Want Holding the Scalpel?

I don’t know how to process what I am feeling right now. Emotionally tired? Confused? Overwhelmed? There’s one thing I do know for sure: I do not feel like writing. I keep sitting here and staring at my screen with a tremendous urge to slap shut my laptop and go do something else—anything else that … Continue reading Heart Surgery: Who do You Want Holding the Scalpel?

Striving for Success, Searching for Significance

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” – D.L. Moody I came across a documentary this morning called “In Light of Eternity.” The film chronicles the travels of Francis and Lisa Chan to East Africa, where they partnered with an organization that is … Continue reading Striving for Success, Searching for Significance

Assessing, Addressing, and Ascending

The truth is that I have been noticing an apparent downturn in my mood and an increase in my anxiety over the past week or two. There are several simple factors that, when I look at the situation objectively, I can see having a negative effect on my mental wellbeing. I want to talk about … Continue reading Assessing, Addressing, and Ascending

Life Lessons: Jigsaw Puzzle Edition

Ryan and I have really gotten into jigsaw puzzles this year. We’ve always enjoyed them—in fact, we spent a few hours working on a puzzle together during one of our first dates ever. But since then, the only times we have done any puzzling has been each year at Christmastime with Ryan’s Grandma or my … Continue reading Life Lessons: Jigsaw Puzzle Edition

A Masterpiece Worth Loving

Today is Valentine’s Day. For some, Valentine’s Day is a special day. It is a day to celebrate love, receive gifts, or be pampered. For others, it is a day that represents pain and solitude as it flamboyantly highlights their loneliness. And then there are others still, for whom it doesn’t make any difference whatsoever—it’s … Continue reading A Masterpiece Worth Loving

Last Night I Lost It, But Today I am Thankful

Last night anxiety hit hard. My heart started pounding, my thoughts started racing, and within minutes I felt like I was about to throw up. A stressful, fearful thought had been triggered, and all of a sudden I felt out of control. I lost focus on my previous activity and started obsessing over the trigger. … Continue reading Last Night I Lost It, But Today I am Thankful

How a Toddler Taught Me to Take My Time

A little while ago I was looking after a toddler that had some separation anxiety. Everything seemed to be going well until about half an hour in when he started to slowly and despondently creep towards the door. He was looking for his mommy and I could tell that he was on the brink of … Continue reading How a Toddler Taught Me to Take My Time

Foundations: Finding the Courage to be Imperfect

“Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.” – Brené Brown I came across this quote on twitter this morning (tweeted by @theparentcue), and it deeply resonated with me. Just last night I was talking to a close friend about how insecurity connects all of our fears … Continue reading Foundations: Finding the Courage to be Imperfect

Do Whatever it Takes – A Better Future Awaits

Writing is a funny thing. I love writing. In fact, writing is a passion of mine. I have always enjoyed creatively weaving together webs of words that would leave a reader feeling like what they just read was significant—that it really meant something. Not only that, but writing is extraordinarily cathartic for me. It shapes … Continue reading Do Whatever it Takes – A Better Future Awaits