Category: Lessons Learned

How to Guard Your Heart

How to Guard Your Heart

Growing up in the church, I heard the phrase “Guard your heart!” tossed around frequently. I was sure it was good advice, but I wasn’t always exactly sure what it meant. As a teenager, I thought guarding your heart just…

My Love-Hate Relationship with Valentine’s Day

My Love-Hate Relationship with Valentine’s Day

Several years back when Singles Awareness Day – I mean, Valentine’s Day 😜 – was approaching, one of my friends shot me a knowing look. “Are you one of those girls who hates Valentine’s Day?” I was taken aback. How…

Let God Give You a Word for 2019

Let God Give You a Word for 2019

I used to hear people talk about choosing a word for each new year, and I thought it was kinda dumb. It always seemed more like wishful thinking than anything based in reality, and I didn’t feel the need to…

Is Opening Your Heart Worth It?

Is Opening Your Heart Worth It?

Last year I had to say a tough goodbye to my 16 1/2-year-old dog Biscuit. He was our beloved family pet and resident nuisance who joined our home when I was just 12 years old. It had taken years of…

6 Mistakes I’ve Made in Dating

6 Mistakes I’ve Made in Dating

Dating is a pretty big deal to me. I don’t date just to date and I don’t date just anyone. My dating history isn’t incredibly lengthy, but it’s enough of a history for me to have learned a few things….

10 Things I Learned Living in a Dorm

10 Things I Learned Living in a Dorm

It’s orientation season! Whether you’re excited about moving into a dorm or dreading it, there are a few tricks that can make the transition easier for both you and your roommates. Ten years ago, I transferred to a college in…

18 of the Best Quotes from #GLS18

18 of the Best Quotes from #GLS18

I had the privilege of attending the Global Leadership Summit last week for the third year in a row. The GLS is put on each year by Willow Creek in Chicago and has been an invaluable source of encouragement for…

The Day a Deputy Showed Up Looking for Me

The Day a Deputy Showed Up Looking for Me

Yeah, never thought I’d be writing that headline. I am the biggest rule-follower there is. I floss regularly. I wear my seat belt. I remain seated with my seat belt fastened until the captain has turned off the Fasten Seat…

20 Things I’d Tell People in Their 20s

20 Things I’d Tell People in Their 20s

I just turned 30. 😳😱👵🏼 It’s almost surreal to me that my 20s have already come to an end. I remember blowing out 20 candles 10 years ago, feeling so uncertain, yet hesitantly hopeful about what the decade would bring….