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The Truth About Writing A Book

This isn't going to be a crazy in depth post. It is mostly to give you an update on my life. I'm sad I haven't been able to give as much attention to the blog. Posting twice a week was something I was proud of and I was keeping up with it, but with the work load from my book and what I am doing in my apprenticeship, LORD. It's a lot. On average, I am writing the upwards of about 10,000 words a week. Now really, some people sneeze at that, because if writing is your full time gig, you could probably churn that out without much of a problem. But I'm also working a 9-5 AND teaching 10 hours a week…

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The Reality of the Christian Extremist 

At my last job, I had some incredible friends, very diverse, and most of us had differing views on stuff (except that happy hour on Fridays was a must). I was not shy about my views, especially my faith, and I tried to paint a more normal picture of what a Christian looked like. One particular day, one of co-workers came in in a tizzy, coffee in one hand and a bag of something in the other. "You will not believe what happened." My ears are perked, eyes wide and mouth shut, because when a story begins like that, you know it is about to be awesome. However, what she told me made me both sad and angry, and it reminded…

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The Easiest Way to Lower Your Stress Level

I am a chronic people pleaser. I hate disappointing people, so when people ask me to do something, usually my response is surrrrre. Not a problem. I was in the middle of rehearsal when I got a call from one of my co-worker. "The boss wants you." For what? I couldn't imagine why I would be needed. "Well, he asked for you by name." My eyes rolled. Here I am, about to roll deep into band rehearsal for this evening's worship set and all of a sudden I have to drop everything. I was getting incredibly stressed out, having no idea how I was going to take care of this task for this guy while also fulfilling my own duties. As I…

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7 Things You Can Learn from Cinderella

I will admit, I'm not the biggest Disney fan. The princess thing never really stuck with me (I know, huge shocker, right?). However, I think there is something to be said about the nostalgic and definitely the moral value of some of them. A friend of mine was talking the other day about how excited she was about the new Cinderella film, and explained what Cinderella can teach you about your worth as a person. And honestly, I am just as surprised as you are about this lovely revelation. Let's begin. 1) We all start at the bottom. Cinderella's situation sucked. She was in a job/family she hated. She was friends with mice, for pete's sake. That blows. She thought that…

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How to End Sexual Assault on College Campuses

This past week I had the pleasure of speaking at Edinboro University in PA on a topic that I am passionate about: how to end sexual assault on college campuses. It sounds like an insurmountable task because our culture is soaked with injustice and passive ideas. However, I think that there is a shift happening in our culture. We are becoming bolder. We are embracing authenticity, telling our stories- the good, the bad and the ugly. And I think it is because of the boldness, this bravery that we are discovering that we can finally take steps to tackle these issues. At my presentation at Edinboro (which hopefully I'll have some highlights from that next week) I took four main points and blew them…

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Confessions of a Type-A Christian

I’ve called myself a recovering type-A personality for a long time. Type-A’s love to plan. We love details and having some measure of control.But, the thing about life is it rarely plays out that way. God works in mysterious ways. Most people take comfort in trusting that God knows what He’s doing, and that He has our best interest. I will admit it: I have trust issues with the Creator of the Universe. There are days where absolutely hate His mysterious ways. I feel like for the past few days I’ve been looking up at the sky and begging God for an agenda, a clear message, a road sign to direct myself toward. All I have are questions. I recently…