Annoying Positivity: 4 Reasons This Will Be the Best School Year

The summer has been good to me: I got married, tried a Jamocha shake from Arby's, starting using coupons, moved into our new house, saw Wonder Woman, got to travel around Michigan, learned to make healthy french toast, FaceTimed with my nephew while he held the phone, and also had the best cinnamon roll of … Continue reading Annoying Positivity: 4 Reasons This Will Be the Best School Year

If God is Good Now

24 days ago I got married. As we left the reception, Max and I buzzed through Starbucks and I got a free iced coffee because I was in my wedding dress. I'm not above pulling this stunt again. 17 days ago I moved into the house that Max and I bought together. It's small and … Continue reading If God is Good Now

May is for Superheroes: The Teacher Homestretch

I'm exhausted. Last week I had a student ask me if he could play me a song on his nose. Befuddled, I nodded. They didn't teach me how to answer that question in college. He proceeded to place a finger on the side of his nostril and create a rattly humming sound as he "played" me … Continue reading May is for Superheroes: The Teacher Homestretch

The Old Has Gone

  On rare occasion I get into the type of mood that can only be described as the "Perfect Storm." I am overly caffeinated and faced with a large chunk of time to myself (which is why this is so rare) , when suddenly it's like all the clutter around me becomes unbearable. All at once, … Continue reading The Old Has Gone

What God Does in the Discomfort

Patience and perseverance are not two of my strongest qualities. Unlike some of the Olympian greats, I prefer not to work hard, push through tough circumstances or wait extended periods of time to arrive at what I want. I prefer instant results with the least amount of work and discomfort possible. (Someone write this on an inspirational poster.) Max … Continue reading What God Does in the Discomfort

Dear Fellow Women: 10 Times I’m Not Judging You

"Don't judge me." I say it. My friends say  it. Strangers jokingly say it to each other in passing  (at least I did this week to an elderly gentlemen as he caught me opening a bag of chips in the grocery store parking lot). Although I am sure this isn't just a "women's issue," I do find it … Continue reading Dear Fellow Women: 10 Times I’m Not Judging You

How Replacing One Word Changed So Much

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend said to me, "I feel like you're just anxious about being anxious right now..." And I replied, "Welcome to my brain. Please stay awhile." When I told him that I would love to try out his logical, structured, factual engineer brain for a day, he responded, "Does that mean I … Continue reading How Replacing One Word Changed So Much

If We Knew the Plane was Going Down

For Christmas last year, my sister got me a great new chair for my desk at work. The instructions to put it together were moderately easy, but like with most things that come with a packet of directions, I gave up before I even tried. #inspirationquotes My dad put most of it together, but couldn’t … Continue reading If We Knew the Plane was Going Down