Finding Freedom from Emotional Eating

For most of my life, I wouldn’t have said I had an eating disorder.  To me, “eating disorders” were things like anorexia and bulemia: big, life-altering struggles that required the intervention of doctors, therapists and pastors.  I never realized that every time I ran to the fridge for a snack when I felt sad, or … Continue reading Finding Freedom from Emotional Eating

That Time Spring Hit the Colorado Rockies (And My Life)

I didn’t plan on spending five or six weeks of my spring 2018 in the mountains of Colorado. Not that I’m complaining, mind you: spring in Colorado is gorgeous. Witnessings the transformation into spring is even more of a marvel. But it wasn’t on my plan. (Hello, that’s why I call myself a “recovering control … Continue reading That Time Spring Hit the Colorado Rockies (And My Life)

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

Get Your Story Straight, and the Rest Will Follow

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! Every year I have great plans for February. And every year, they get … Continue reading Get Your Story Straight, and the Rest Will Follow

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

What the “Touch of Jesus” Really Means for Healing

Recently while reading my Bible, I came across the story of a woman’s healing that really gripped me. I've read it before, many times, but I never saw it the way I did this time around. It gave me a brand-new way to understand emotional healing that freed me to a whole new level ... … Continue reading What the “Touch of Jesus” Really Means for Healing

Where Souls Cry: Walking the Berlin Wall

My entire life, I’ve heard about the Berlin Wall. I was just six years old when it fell. Before 1989, it was something the newscaster spoke about on my mom’s radio programs. After 1989, it was something everyone looked back on. I vaguely remember my parents reading voraciously about the circumstances around this historic event … Continue reading Where Souls Cry: Walking the Berlin Wall

On Emigrating in the 21st Century

At the turn of the 20th century, a young Polish woman got on a boat bound for America. She was a land-owner’s daughter, likely accustomed to some amount of privilege, and even possibly to an ancient title of minor nobility. Yet she left it all behind to join her sister—who was already settled in a … Continue reading On Emigrating in the 21st Century

The Water Is Within: Why Everything You’re Looking for, You Already Have

“If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not a sort of prize which God could, if He chose, just hand out to anyone. They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very centre of … Continue reading The Water Is Within: Why Everything You’re Looking for, You Already Have