LifeStory

What Fireflies Taught Me About Life

Summer is here. I know this because as I sat in the living room with my roommate last night, drinking our kosher beer (and yes, there is such a thing!), he casually asked, "Is that a lightning bug on the screen." I'm in a new house with big doors that open up to an expansive back porch, overlooking the lake. It's a fantastic view. "Yes, yes it is," I said. "Summer is finally here." There is something about lightning bugs for me that signals the true beginning of summer. These bioluminescent friends are ready to come out, to speak to the rest of the world. They feel brave enough, in the face of darkness, to shine light. I sat out…

Personal Update

Spring is Here, and here is my update

Well hello you fine fine humans. This is one of those informal, here-is-an-update-on-my-life-without-many-deep-thoughts kinda blogs. And I will keep it short and sweet. What the heck have I been up to these past few months... My first semester at the Center for Global Action, the apprenticeship program I am a part of through Adventures in Missions, went incredibly well. I started out doing worship, switched to the Story Track, which is writing intensive track, and just under 14 weeks I finished the first draft of my book.  Yup. You heard it. The first draft is freaking DONE! And it feels amazing. Currently I'm reading though it and there is a lot I hate about it, but over all I'd say that…

Relationships

Can We Swipe Left to Shallow Dating?

Things that are starting to bother me: when people are shocked when their tinder dates are less than true love. For the love of love, people, can we stop with this? I am not saying I’ve never been on Tinder. And yes, it can be fun to go on a date and flirt with a random stranger on the internet, but the majority of people on Tinder are there for one reason. And newsflash! It ain’t love. Dating apps and sites are not the devil, you just need to be wise about your expectations with them. A lot of people on them are just looking for a fun time (aka, to make the sexy time). The rest of us who…

#1stWorldPossibilitiesFaithjourney

How Beautiful

I have been thinking about Nepal all week, and it is so hard for me to just sit by and not know how to help. Praying, obviously, is something we can do, and I know that God and his holy angels move on my behalf to send relief, but I want to be the answer to prayer. So I'm giving. So can you. Even if it is just a little bit, I encourage you to give financially to a relief group, such as The Red Cross. Facebook is also accepting donations AND they will match your donation. There is really no excuse. You can go a day without something, they can't. Give today. ... Below is a blog from November…

#1stWorldPossibilitiesBedlamCulture

When Tragedy Strikes

It is so easy to disconnect, for things to not faze us anymore. We hear about a flood, a famine, a tsunami, children dying from completely preventable diseases. We hear about riots in Baltimore and feel compelled to form and share our own opinions on race, poverty, police brutality. We see the death toll in Nepal just climbing and climbing and we don’t shed a tear. Those things aren’t real to us. It’s simply something happening elsewhere. We can’t comprehend it. It’s almost as if we don’t have a schema to fit all the tragedy and bad in the world into our head. Sure, we feel sad, maybe we’ll donate some money, post a tweet, say a prayer, but our hearts…

#1stWorldPossibilitiesPersonal Update

Nepal is in need. You can help.

When I was on the World Race, I had the joy of serving in Nepal, one of the most gorgeous and diverse countries ever. It's a conglomerate of people's and ideas, especially with all the tourism because of the Himilayas.  Today, the Capitol city of Kathmandu was hit by a large earthquake, leaving hundreds dead, and even more in danger because of the lack of resources in the city.    This is Reuben. This man is selfless, and is constantly working to help the orphans in rural areas of Nepal. But his family and base is out of Kathmandu. We haven't heard from him, but I'll keep you posted when I do. Please join me in praying for this nation. …

CultureStory

I’m Totally Fine With Offending You

Words. Words. I am careful with my words, I am careful with my words, I am careful. That is something my best friend/ mentor said one time in a spoken word he performed. It doesn't have the same effect when you read it here, but it such a profound thing to me. To be careful with my words, especially in writing. That may surprise you because if you have been reading anything of mine for any length of time because when most people say that they are "careful" with their words, it means they are being conservative with what they are saying, and I am neither of those things. I am not quite as careful and definitely not as conservative.…