“Overcoming” Burnout

2019 was a peak of life altering events and achievements from starting my career, to buying a car, getting my first apartment, and finally, vowing till death do us part. It was totally awesome to say the least, which is why I felt completely thrown off when I found myself lethargic and drained. I started…

From the Brokenness of a Family

From the brokenness of a family  We all began From the unity of a father and mother  Or the lack thereof  From legacies past  And stories yet to unfold  From our wounds  To our hopes  From time  To eternity  From these things we grow and become 

Sometimes You Lose Your Spark

So, sometimes you lose your spark. It happens. Life fades into dull shades of duties and energy-draining routines. You feel the emptiness creeping in and restlessness settles in the pit of your stomach. You want to live your life with passion and zest, but sleeping in and procrastinating sound pretty darn good too. Sometimes the…

What’s Keeping Our Generation From Happiness

If I had 5 seconds of pure happiness for every time someone told me I am always happy,  I would have enough sunshine and rainbows to cheer the whole word. The reality is: nobody is happy all the time.  More often than I’d like to admit, I find myself on a downward spiral analyzing my…

How a Fortune Cookie Changed My Life

“God can heal a broken heart, but He has to have all the pieces.” That’s from a fortune cookie I ate shortly before deciding to go to Costa Rica or not. Times were different then. I was recklessly impulsive and in a constant state of internal conflict. I didn’t trust myself, and I didn’t know…

6 Ways to Immerse Yourself in a Foreign Culture

Finding your place in a new country can be lonely and discouraging at times. You no longer have your favorite coffee shop awaiting you on a hard day. Your best friend isn’t there to eat a gallon of ice cream with you, and you might not yet be able to fully express your roller coaster of…

When You Can’t Live up to Expectations

Once a week I give a drawing class to six of the missionary kids on our ministry training campus. This week’s class ended with four-year-old Mariah crouched under the table crying and shaking, overwhelmed with defeat. The boat she drew didn’t look quite like she wanted it to. It didn’t look like her seven-year-old sisters,…

3 Types of People You Can’t Live Without

We’re all following somebody’s example. We all look to somebody to figure out how the heck we are supposed to survive in this big, crazy world, and we are all influenced in one way or another by those closest to us.. Whether it’s your friends, your dad, your older siblings, a teacher, your pastor, or…

Happy Starts Now

“I’ll be happy once I lose the weight. I’ll be happy once I have a boyfriend. I’d be happier if I had more friends or a better job.” We all have at least one belief, if not more, about something we don’t have now that’s going to make us feel happier in the future when we…

Pros and Cons of Cross-cultural Dating

My mother gave me one rule when I left for Costa Rica, don’t fall in love!  I really did try not to. I knew that cross-cultural dating meant more than just the cliche of American girl goes abroad and falls in love with the exotic guy wooing me with all the adventure of the unknown…