God’s Will or My Own?

  Never give up. We hear this phrase all the time. Quitting is associated with failure. Weakness. Settling.    But what if the dream you’re trying to achieve isn’t God’s will?    -----   As I raced through the hallways of St. Mary’s College of...

An Imminent Conversion

It was around 11:00 am and I was in the bathroom at work crying. It’s never a place you want your emotions to spill over, but these were happy tears. I had been scrolling through a photo library to find a picture of a friend to wish him happy birthday and saw a video...

Creative Ideas for Lent 2021

Are you stumped for what to do for Lent this year? Sick of giving up sweets or Instagram for the third year in a row?  Last year I decided to do away with giving something up and instead opted to add something new. I read Blessed is She’s Lenten devotional, began the...

The Blender in the Snowstorm

“Each time of life has its own kind of love.” - Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness and Other Stories ​ This weekend we celebrate the day of love, a day marked by pink hearts and chocolates and flowers. For many, it's a beautiful reminder of the love in their lives. For...

Celebrating the Four Loves this Valentine’s Day

I love Valentine’s Day. Anyone else or is it just me? During this time of year, red and pink are everywhere - pink is my favorite color! I love rom-coms and chick flicks - Valentine’s Day gives me a good excuse to start watching a bunch in early February, and I try to...

Patris Corde: Eight Reflections on the Year of St. Joseph

On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception late last year, Pope Francis proclaimed December 8, 2020-December 8, 2021 the “Year of St. Joseph.” He released an Apostolic Letter named “Patris Corde,” or “The Heart of the Father,” explaining how now is the time of St....

The Weight of the World

I still remember the smell of stale chalk on my hands. I recall the feel of dried sweat on my forehead and the ache in my stomach as I began my gymnastics routine. My heart raced as the eyes of my friends and family rested upon me. Before saluting the judges, I always...

Hope in the midst of Suffering

The modern world doesn’t know how to suffer.  I say that being someone who is learning how to suffer better in a time where it’s really tough to do anything but. We lose people, things, jobs, relationships, and so on and so forth and it’s almost like our brain is...

January Liturgical Living

        Welcome to our monthly installment of Liturgical Living! It can be so easy to only focus on Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter. As we move into Ordinary Time, let’s not forget all the beautiful celebrations and reminders of our faith...

The “Work” of the Year

Sophocles once said: “Without labor, nothing prospers” and this year (more than most) has proven that sentiment to be true. While most years there is some form of “labor”, I didn’t realize that my “labor” would come in every possible form it could: internal,...
God’s Will or My Own?

God’s Will or My Own?

  Never give up. We hear this phrase all the time. Quitting is associated with failure. Weakness. Settling.    But what if the dream you’re trying to achieve isn’t God’s will?    -----   As I raced through the hallways of St. Mary’s College of...

An Imminent Conversion

An Imminent Conversion

It was around 11:00 am and I was in the bathroom at work crying. It’s never a place you want your emotions to spill over, but these were happy tears. I had been scrolling through a photo library to find a picture of a friend to wish him happy birthday and saw a video...

Creative Ideas for Lent 2021

Creative Ideas for Lent 2021

Are you stumped for what to do for Lent this year? Sick of giving up sweets or Instagram for the third year in a row?  Last year I decided to do away with giving something up and instead opted to add something new. I read Blessed is She’s Lenten devotional, began the...

The Blender in the Snowstorm

The Blender in the Snowstorm

“Each time of life has its own kind of love.” - Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness and Other Stories ​ This weekend we celebrate the day of love, a day marked by pink hearts and chocolates and flowers. For many, it's a beautiful reminder of the love in their lives. For...

Celebrating the Four Loves this Valentine’s Day

Celebrating the Four Loves this Valentine’s Day

I love Valentine’s Day. Anyone else or is it just me? During this time of year, red and pink are everywhere - pink is my favorite color! I love rom-coms and chick flicks - Valentine’s Day gives me a good excuse to start watching a bunch in early February, and I try to...

The Weight of the World

The Weight of the World

I still remember the smell of stale chalk on my hands. I recall the feel of dried sweat on my forehead and the ache in my stomach as I began my gymnastics routine. My heart raced as the eyes of my friends and family rested upon me. Before saluting the judges, I always...

Hope in the midst of Suffering

Hope in the midst of Suffering

The modern world doesn’t know how to suffer.  I say that being someone who is learning how to suffer better in a time where it’s really tough to do anything but. We lose people, things, jobs, relationships, and so on and so forth and it’s almost like our brain is...

January Liturgical Living

January Liturgical Living

        Welcome to our monthly installment of Liturgical Living! It can be so easy to only focus on Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter. As we move into Ordinary Time, let’s not forget all the beautiful celebrations and reminders of our faith...

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    God’s Will or My Own?

    God’s Will or My Own?

      Never give up. We hear this phrase all the time. Quitting is associated with failure. Weakness. Settling.    But what if the dream you’re trying to achieve isn’t God’s will?    -----   As I raced through the hallways of St. Mary’s College of...

    The Weight of the World

    The Weight of the World

    I still remember the smell of stale chalk on my hands. I recall the feel of dried sweat on my forehead and the ache in my stomach as I began my gymnastics routine. My heart raced as the eyes of my friends and family rested upon me. Before saluting the judges, I always...

    The “Work” of the Year

    The “Work” of the Year

    Sophocles once said: “Without labor, nothing prospers” and this year (more than most) has proven that sentiment to be true. While most years there is some form of “labor”, I didn’t realize that my “labor” would come in every possible form it could: internal,...

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    God’s Will or My Own?

    God’s Will or My Own?

      Never give up. We hear this phrase all the time. Quitting is associated with failure. Weakness. Settling.    But what if the dream you’re trying to achieve isn’t God’s will?    -----   As I raced through the hallways of St. Mary’s College of...

    An Imminent Conversion

    An Imminent Conversion

    It was around 11:00 am and I was in the bathroom at work crying. It’s never a place you want your emotions to spill over, but these were happy tears. I had been scrolling through a photo library to find a picture of a friend to wish him happy birthday and saw a video...

    Work Well Wednesday

    When can I stop discerning and start doing?

    When can I stop discerning and start doing?

    "When can I stop discerning and start doing?" Do you ever get stuck in the cycle of discernment, looking for a sign or some roses or a billboard that will tell you which way to go (ps if you want to hear an epic story about that rose⬆️, send me message!)? ⁣⁣⁣⁣If...

    Setting Boundaries at Work

    Setting Boundaries at Work

    Spoiler alert: the only person who has the ability to set and enforce your boundaries is you.   I remember starting a job where I felt like I needed to be ON 24/7. At first, it was exciting. I was always on call, always needed, always in on the action. But after...

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    Choosing Greatness

    Choosing Greatness

    The heart of the Christian life is intimacy with Christ on the cross. ​ This past weekend I went on silent retreat, and throughout it all, the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI came back again and again: ​ “The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for...

    The Joy List

    The Joy List

    Today I was walking around my neighborhood and came across a house that was fully decked out for Halloween. It was the whole shebang: cobwebs on the fence, skeleton ghost in the tree, and a black cat on the front door. I couldn't help but think - isn't it a little too...

    Don’t Be Shark Bait

    Don’t Be Shark Bait

    In 2017, my youngest brother, Cooper, and I went through a SCUBA diving certification course together. We sat through classes and took quizzes. Four days in, we were beyond ready to drop the pencils and get in the water. But even though we passed those tests with...

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