We dated for nearly a year. We picked out rings. He bought a house. We had chemistry. He was kind and generous. He played loud music and watched documentaries and talked a lot about fishing. We had fun. And we were both in a place in our lives where we were ready and able to say "yes."
And then, early in December 2016, I ended it. Read More
I've been struggling with how to followup my last blog post. Over the last two weeks, whenever I've tried to sit down and write about church and dating, I've found myself twisted up and frustrated. Read More
In my two months on Tinder, I have met exactly 3 types of men. I'd like to list them for you here: Read More
In my own life, and maybe for most women, that mountain looks a lot like a particular type of waiting... waiting to fill the lonely ache for relationship with a mate, for the wholeness of a healthy couple. For some, it's infertility and waiting for the completeness of family to finally arrive. Read More
"What would my life, my spiritual practice, my relationships, look like if I really did those things?" It's an interesting question and one I've given a lot of thought to. Read More
At it's core, mindfulness exercises are meant to help you center yourself in the present moment. It's used in stress reduction therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral therapy. Maybe I should mention that I see meditation and mindfulness as a type of prayer. Read More
This past Friday night (2/24/17) was the first (of hopefully many) Neighborhood Knitting nights at Hyde Perk Coffee Shop in the heart of the North End in Boise, Idaho. My mom and I had the great pleasure of teaching 15 woman how to knit! Read More
So, over the weekend, I asked my friend Michelle (who also happens to be the head pastry chef at State & Lemp here in Boise) if she'd mind giving me a gluten free baking lesson.
She came up with this recipe for the restaurant and we set to work making little plates of cookies for the neighborhood kids. Read More
In class, I've been talking with my students about S.M.A.R.T. goals and how to begin to implement real change in our lives. But it has got me thinking about the ways I set goals for myself. I write everything down. I know I'm not the only one on the planet who does this, but still... I live by lists and this is not always convenient... Read More
When our families are stronger, when our children are able to grow and thrive in loving, committed families, our society and our future become stronger as well. Who can say no to that!? Read More
These blinds, full of the dust of past conversations and slights and long held hurt feelings, I've decided they must go. The broken wand has rendered the plastic shade permanently closed. With both bare hands I grip those blinds and pull. Down they come like slinky's.
Next window please. Read More
I came across this essay I originally wrote for my thesis in grad school. It's since been tinkered with, but I think it gets to the heart of why I am keeping this blog and what I aim to do with my life. Read More
I had the opportunity to take a macrame class with Artist and art teacher Monica Galvan Mason. Her work is gorgeous. Read More
But, why is this a relief? Because there are lots of things that I love. Only choosing one sounds boring and hard. And boring. Read More
As I look back on 2016, flipping through my Instagram feed, because heaven knows I really didn't take notes, I can see a few themes that have shaped the direction I've taken. Read More
I'll be honest. My tendency is to avoid the morning and evening news. Because, well, the news is 99% terrifying and I am 200% devastated by what I see there... Read More
And suddenly, it's June and I'm heading to the Oregon Coast with my boyfriend to celebrate my 40th birthday. Read More
Adopting is something I've always secretly wanted to do. While I'm not in a position to adopt just yet, I wanted to find a way to be more involved in the whole process... to set my intentions on it now and work (slowly) toward it. Read More
And then, I asked them to think about a moment when they were asked to step out and take a risk, try something new, or a time when they were felt they needed to "fake it 'til they made it." Read More
n my conversations these past few weeks, whether it was good news or bad, the same question returns: Suddenly everything has changed, what could possibly happen next? Read More