I’m certain it’s OK to be uncertain

I’m certain it’s OK to be uncertain

Since the start of this year, I’ve taken time to explore my spirituality, to ask questions (many, many questions!), to welcome the fog of uncertainty and rest in the freedom that is hidden there. I made a few goals for myself, to use this time to step back from the set beliefs and traditions I’ve grown up with, and to explore my relationship with God and be open to where it may lead me. I’m using…

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I Am From…A Poem in Honor of Heritage Day

I Am From…A Poem in Honor of Heritage Day

I am from skinny, black cats, From late nights of board games and adventures in Animal Crossing. I am from the pale raised rancher, Tangled up in a wild garden of sweet honeysuckle and poison ivy. I am from the bleeding hearts, the hostas and crumbling stepping stones. I’m from stuffing pillowcases with homemade sugar cookies And family gatherings for crabs with Old Bay From Sharon and David, a sister and two brothers. I’m from…

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Peace for Syria: Fighting Fire with Water

Peace for Syria: Fighting Fire with Water

Peace is the quite morning breeze, whispering, “Fall is here.” Peace is going a day without arguing with (or nagging) my husband. Peace is found in those many many moments of choosing forgiveness. Peace is what I felt that night I soaked my pillow in tears, then received an answer. Peace is choosing to love and accept, not hate and judge.  Peace, I fear, is not everyone’s goal these days. Peace, I believe, is a…

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Fallingwater and Secluded Sacredness

Fallingwater and Secluded Sacredness

The rolling roads twisted, wove and dunked over and around the hills leading up to Mill Run, Pennsylvania. It was the 4th of July, a day ripe for adventure. Upon arrival at Fallingwater, I noticed there was something enchanting about this place. An artistic retreat created by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufmann family, Fallingwater is neatly nested atop a waterfall, a monument merged between sandstone and the streams of Bear Run. The one-hour guided…

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A Summer Challenge To Stay Motivated

A Summer Challenge To Stay Motivated

I’ve let the last month slip by. June was a crazy month. I worked my first conference for the company I now work for. Celebrated two years of marriage, Father’s Day, my husband’s 25th birthday. We started painting the inside of our house (Blazen Orange was our first project and I’m super happy with it!). Lastly, we were invited to a new neighbors housewarming party, which was a great opportunity for us to meet our…

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Faith in Small Things: Our Warrior Walk at Relay for Life

Faith in Small Things: Our Warrior Walk at Relay for Life

I don’t know about you, but I often feel like there is way too much noise in my life. It is in these moments that I decide it’s time to de-clutter or I ask myself questions like “Do you feel fulfilled?” or “What’s your mission” and “Are you taking action to pursue it?” It’s definitely a cycle I go through quite often, but I think it can be healthy if I use it to make…

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Good Friday: Sacrifice is Not Selective

Good Friday: Sacrifice is Not Selective

It’s been a rough week. Stress, lack of sleep, worry and uncertainty have all played their part this week…but then I read this: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.”-Psalm 28:7 Though I may not have the strength to wake up every morning, He does. Though I may lose confidence in myself and…

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This Is Where A Seed Was Planted

This Is Where A Seed Was Planted

I’m hungry. Not for a sandwich or chocolate creme puff. This is a hunger I’ve never felt before, a hunger for life, for change, risk, wisdom, courage, excitement, FREEDOM. I’ve always been one to try my hand at something new. Last year it was jewelry making and the ukulele (still working on this one). The year before that, zip lining over treetops in Costamaya and planning my wedding! And the year before that, interviewing the homeless in Baltimore…

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This flame won’t burn out, this love will conquer

This flame won’t burn out, this love will conquer

I feel unsettled by the world around me. I seem to have more questions than I do answers most days. No more waiting. It’s time to act. To be bold and fearless. To try and fail. And try again. To put myself in those uncomfortable situations so I may learn to adapt better, and learn to breathe through it. To ask tougher questions of myself, my beliefs, God. Above all, to practice love. This is my challenge. To empower…

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