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,...

The Feminine Genius (Or why I watched Little Women 17 times in 2020)

I really, really like the movie Little Women (referring in this instance to Greta Gerwig’s 2019 masterpiece). I saw it for the first time last Christmas. At the insistence of countless friends, my mom and I finally caved in and headed to the theater. For the next two...

From Sleepless to Snoozin’

When I first moved to DC, I struggled with insomnia like never before.   I would lay in bed for hours, tossing and turning and getting even more stressed out when I thought about how many hours of sleep I was losing. I felt like I tried everything – I cut out...

Gift Guide 2020

I love it when I’m visiting a new city, I stop into a cute little boutique and I see a perfect gift that reminds me of a friend or a family member. When I find that perfect gift, I snatch it right up! Seriously, I will hold on to a good gift for MONTHS if I find...

Coffee, Cardio, Community, & Christ

I am a public health professional, and let me tell you, the phrase “self-care” is one of my absolute favorites - especially during this crazy COVID season! When you look up self-care on Google, the first definition that pops up is, “....any necessary human regulatory...

On the Twelfth Day of COVID

It’s been one week since I received my positive Covid test results. Just when I thought I had squeaked through 2020 unscathed…    But ‘tis the season (or rather, the year) for suffering and if you’re following along with Jane’s Advent retreat, you’re already...

An Extrovert’s Guide to Finding Community

In the aftermath of a cannonball shattering his leg in battle, St. Ignatius of Loyola was lying in bed and wondering if he would ever walk again. Was his lifelong dream to lead an army into battle gone forever?    While lying in bed, St. Ignatius was brought two...

Finding Peace with Food this Holiday Season

  Yesterday was Thanksgiving. I enjoyed the day with my family – whipping up apple crumble, sautéing green beans and enjoying a meal with all six of us around the table. This morning, I woke up and tried to figure out why it was such a good day. Then, it hit me....

The Pandemic Wedding

Marek and I got engaged in August of 2019. After dating long distance for the last three-and-a-half years, we were ready to start the next chapter of our life. The story behind our engagement is actually pretty funny too (it involved a hurricane.) The military life...

To Feel _____ is a Blessing

On an unexpectedly cold fall day, a gust of wind blew across my face, jostling my scarf in its tumultuous path.  And for that, I was thankful. Thankful to be able to feel.  Thankful for my scarf.  Thankful that I was less than 100 feet away from a warm apartment. ...
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,...

From Sleepless to Snoozin’

From Sleepless to Snoozin’

When I first moved to DC, I struggled with insomnia like never before.   I would lay in bed for hours, tossing and turning and getting even more stressed out when I thought about how many hours of sleep I was losing. I felt like I tried everything – I cut out...

Gift Guide 2020

Gift Guide 2020

I love it when I’m visiting a new city, I stop into a cute little boutique and I see a perfect gift that reminds me of a friend or a family member. When I find that perfect gift, I snatch it right up! Seriously, I will hold on to a good gift for MONTHS if I find...

Coffee, Cardio, Community, & Christ

Coffee, Cardio, Community, & Christ

I am a public health professional, and let me tell you, the phrase “self-care” is one of my absolute favorites - especially during this crazy COVID season! When you look up self-care on Google, the first definition that pops up is, “....any necessary human regulatory...

On the Twelfth Day of COVID

On the Twelfth Day of COVID

It’s been one week since I received my positive Covid test results. Just when I thought I had squeaked through 2020 unscathed…    But ‘tis the season (or rather, the year) for suffering and if you’re following along with Jane’s Advent retreat, you’re already...

An Extrovert’s Guide to Finding Community

An Extrovert’s Guide to Finding Community

In the aftermath of a cannonball shattering his leg in battle, St. Ignatius of Loyola was lying in bed and wondering if he would ever walk again. Was his lifelong dream to lead an army into battle gone forever?    While lying in bed, St. Ignatius was brought two...

Finding Peace with Food this Holiday Season

Finding Peace with Food this Holiday Season

  Yesterday was Thanksgiving. I enjoyed the day with my family – whipping up apple crumble, sautéing green beans and enjoying a meal with all six of us around the table. This morning, I woke up and tried to figure out why it was such a good day. Then, it hit me....

The Pandemic Wedding

The Pandemic Wedding

Marek and I got engaged in August of 2019. After dating long distance for the last three-and-a-half years, we were ready to start the next chapter of our life. The story behind our engagement is actually pretty funny too (it involved a hurricane.) The military life...

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    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,...

    Coffee, Cardio, Community, & Christ

    Coffee, Cardio, Community, & Christ

    I am a public health professional, and let me tell you, the phrase “self-care” is one of my absolute favorites - especially during this crazy COVID season! When you look up self-care on Google, the first definition that pops up is, “....any necessary human regulatory...

    Transitions

    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,...

    From Sleepless to Snoozin’

    From Sleepless to Snoozin’

    When I first moved to DC, I struggled with insomnia like never before.   I would lay in bed for hours, tossing and turning and getting even more stressed out when I thought about how many hours of sleep I was losing. I felt like I tried everything – I cut out...

    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...

    The SundayMonday Tuesday Archives

    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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