The Confidence Conundrum

When I was in the sixth grade, I played the part of School Janitor #2 in the annual children’s-church Christmas play. You’re probably thinking right about now, “wait… did she just say a janitor? What does that have to do with Christmas?”. Yeah, I don’t know. I don’t remember how the part of school janitor fit into the Christmas story. I don’t remember any of my lines. I don’t remember any of the songs that we sang (because of course it had to be a musical).

All I remember about that play is this one thing: I was terrified. Continue reading “The Confidence Conundrum”


I Came, I Saw, I Conquered… And Then I Quit.

For those of you who have not yet heard, I guess now would be the time to publicly release my earth-shaking, reality-altering news:

I am quitting college. 

I can hear your loud gasps of shock, confusion, and slight disappointment from here. No, this is not a joke – this is not a drill – it’s true. Continue reading “I Came, I Saw, I Conquered… And Then I Quit.”

Mission Objective: A New Perspective


It was 6:30AM and my alarm was blaring.

One look out my window confirmed exactly what I already knew… I did not want to do life today. Continue reading “Mission Objective: A New Perspective”

Destroying Discontentment: The Heart of Thankfulness


In my home, we have this big jar that sits on the fireplace mantle. This jar serves one purpose, and one purpose only: to hold in it all of the things my family is thankful for.

Now obviously we don’t physically stuff all of the things that we are thankful for into this jar, but it holds in it a symbol of our thankfulness for those things. Here’s how it works: every time someone in my family recognizes their feelings of thankfulness for someone or something, we write that thing down on a little piece of note-paper and add it to the jar.

My family began this project several years ago and, at the time,  I was in a season of loneliness and disappointment. Though I have always appreciated what this jar stood for, I don’t think I ever really understood the significance of it until now. Let me explain… Continue reading “Destroying Discontentment: The Heart of Thankfulness”