Nestle… or Wrestle? (The Surprising Gift of Deliberate Helplessness)

There are times on my journey that I learn uncomfortable lessons. These are the lessons I'm grateful for after I go through them but really would love to trade in for a refund while I'm in the midst of the experience. This is one such time in my life right now. Thankfully, God does not … Continue reading Nestle… or Wrestle? (The Surprising Gift of Deliberate Helplessness)

What to Do When God Says “Be Still” (Besides Freaking Out & Getting Stressed)

I love sitting in silence inside old churches in Europe. Though my home church's meeting place in Dubai looks nothing these cavernous galleries of marble and gold, I find so much value in this ancient style of church design. Old European churches may not do much to inspire you toward an intimate personal experience with … Continue reading What to Do When God Says “Be Still” (Besides Freaking Out & Getting Stressed)

Toward a Cruelty-Free Christian Kitchen

Christian and Vegan aren't two identifiers that tend to go hand-in-hand.Most Christians I know are happy meat-eaters who will point to the passage in Acts 10 where God showed Peter all the unclean animals Jews used to avoid eating, and told him to "eat." The point of this passage was to demonstrate Christian liberation from … Continue reading Toward a Cruelty-Free Christian Kitchen

My Overpriced Coffee Date with a Dead Renaissance Scholar (AKA: Just Another Day in Basel, Switzerland)

I was one of those weird children who was obsessed things no one else bothers to know ever even existed.  By the time I was in high school, I knew more about dead medieval scholars than most adults twice my age. And I had a bit of a literary crush who was, shall we say, … Continue reading My Overpriced Coffee Date with a Dead Renaissance Scholar (AKA: Just Another Day in Basel, Switzerland)

What to Do When Your Creative Muse Goes AWOL

I wish my muse was better behaved. I really do. But like me, she’s a free spirit—and sometimes she takes the day off without letting me know.  In the past, if I’m honest, she’s taken more than a day or two. Once, she even took off a whole decade. (That’s another story for another day...) … Continue reading What to Do When Your Creative Muse Goes AWOL

Weightless Warrior: On Fencing Well at 30,000 Feet

NOTE: The following is a featured post from 2016 which first appeared on my former creative blog, Scrappy Storyteller. I'm sharing this as a way of embracing my past creative self and sharing ideas she had that, well, still matter today. Enjoy! “Be fully present. Feel your heart. And engage the next moment without an … Continue reading Weightless Warrior: On Fencing Well at 30,000 Feet

Embracing Traditional Femininity in an Alpha Female World

I'm surprised how frequently people refer to me as an "alpha female," or try to lump me in that category.Usually, I think it's meant as a compliment--a recognition that I have leadership qualities and am not afraid to step into roles of authority. I try to receive the compliment for its intention. But really, as … Continue reading Embracing Traditional Femininity in an Alpha Female World

As The Moon Goes: Biorhythms in Creativity

Writer's Note: This post is one of many I'm sharing from a blog I wrote several years ago called The Scrappy Storyteller. Though the blog is no longer live, I'm sharing select posts here, as a part of my quest to reconnect with and celebrate past iterations of my creative self. This post is also … Continue reading As The Moon Goes: Biorhythms in Creativity