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“And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age”

Matthew 28:20

Say Yes to Interruptions

Say Yes to Interruptions

When I worked in an open office, my most prized possessions were my airpods. Unless they were firmly in my ears, I could count on at least a few interruptions from passers-by and colleagues every hour. While I understand that the whole point of an open office is to...

Death, resurrection and the hope of our faith

Death, resurrection and the hope of our faith

A couple of weeks ago, I was in conversation with a few friends when they asked me, "How does your faith impact your life?" It was a deep question, but the answer sprung out of my heart quickly: ​ "My faith is based on the death and resurrection of Jesus. Life is full...

Nothing Is Wasted

Nothing Is Wasted

I've been listening to a whole lot of worship music over the past few months and I've noticed an interesting pattern: most, if not all, songs involve experiencing some sort of waiting. I guess it's encouraging to know that waiting is as much a part of the human...

My Word Of The Year 2023!

My Word Of The Year 2023!

Yesterday, while I was skiing with my parents, my dad decided to head down a particularly gnarly powder run. My mom and I opted for a more groomed path, and we parted ways. Once we made it to the massive chairlift line at the bottom of the mountain, my mom started...

God Has Big Dreams For You

God Has Big Dreams For You

“God has big dreams for you.” ​ I heard these words at a talk earlier this month, and I felt them in my bones. I was embarrassed to be so taken by them: haven’t I always known that God wants good things for me - not only good things, but big and beautiful and...

He’s doing a new thing

He’s doing a new thing

See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? In the wilderness I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers. Isaiah 43:19 ​ With God's grace, all things are possible. ​ Our God is creative, He is generous, He is thoughtful, and He is always...

Best books of 2022 and a moment for joy!

Best books of 2022 and a moment for joy!

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that...

God with Us

God with Us

For the past week, I’ve felt like there’s so much more I should be doing to prepare for Jesus’ coming. I should be reading a solid spiritual book, fasting from something good, or otherwise dramatically altering my daily life to prepare for Christmas.​For the past few...

Let God Surprise You

Let God Surprise You

Advent is here! Can you believe it? 2022 has simply flown by. ​ I always love the start of the new liturgical year, especially because we get to kick it off with the beautiful season of Advent. Advent is a time of great hope, joy, peace, and love, and so the next four...

The Litany of Trust

The Litany of Trust

Hello friends! It's Thanksgiving week... how time flies. I hope you've all had a great November! There are some big changes going on over here at The SundayMonday, and I can't wait to share more of them in the coming weeks, but today I felt compelled to share my...

Episode 63| Work and Motherhood with Raquel Davis

Episode 63| Work and Motherhood with Raquel Davis

Have you listened to our podcast yet? Find it on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts! A full directory can be found here.   The lovely Raquel Davis is on the line and we're talking all about work and motherhood! Raquel has...

Worry, Peace, and Finding Joyful Moments

Worry, Peace, and Finding Joyful Moments

Hello friends! Happy Tuesday. Let's talk a little bit about worry. ​ There is no emotion more exhausting, fruitless, or frustrating. I hate worrying – but I find myself worrying all the time. Worry takes me out of the present and into the future. 95% of the things I...

Is It Time to Quit?

Is It Time to Quit?

Hello my friends! I feel like I start every single one of these newsletters with "it's been a minute!" but I'm trying hard to give myself some grace in this season of life. The truth is, it's completely crazy. I'm still in school full time, and I've taken on a...

Set Up For Success: How Our Habits Shape Our Faith

Set Up For Success: How Our Habits Shape Our Faith

For freedom Christ set us free. ​ So why do we keep running back to the things that imprison us? ​ I know that praying first thing in the morning will provide peace and joy and a strong foundation for my day… yet I’ve started scrolling through my phone before opening...

Season 3 of the Podcast is Here! And Text Your Friends

Season 3 of the Podcast is Here! And Text Your Friends

Hello everyone and welcome back! ​ Some fun things on my mind this week - the podcast is back for season 3!! Super duper excited for you to hear from my dear friend Danielle all about her experiences navigating mental health challenges as a Catholic woman. This...

What Training for Marathon Has Taught Me About Faith

What Training for Marathon Has Taught Me About Faith

Back in March, I had the crazy idea to sign up for the New York City Marathon. I was in the crowd last year, and as I watched people of all ages and stages and walks of life run past, I was overwhelmed to the point of tears. What a remarkable show of energy, passion,...

Episode 61| The Dating Episode!!

Episode 61| The Dating Episode!!

Have you listened to our podcast yet? Find it on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts! A full directory can be found here. Hey friends! This is our first ever episode devoted to dating - mostly because it's not really a topic we...

“So Blessed:” Celebrating the Life of Mary Teller

“So Blessed:” Celebrating the Life of Mary Teller

About a month ago, a young woman from the DC area passed away after a swift and courageous fight against Lymphoma. I did not know Mary Teller, but many of my friends in the DC area did. She was 26, the mother of a nine-month old son and three-year-old daughter. She...

For We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight

For We Walk by Faith, Not by Sight

If faith was easy, everyone would have it, right?   In high school, I prayed to play college soccer. Instead, I tore two ACL’s but made the best memories and friends playing club soccer while reminding myself a sport does not define me. At college, I prayed for a...

Finding the Sacred on the Metro

Finding the Sacred on the Metro

On a recent Friday, my team was asked to come into work earlier than usual for a special training. Though not much of a morning person, I relished in the fact that the sun was still low, and I hadn’t yet melted on my way to the metro as on most summer days.   My...

Episode 58| Battling a Bad Mood

Episode 58| Battling a Bad Mood

Have you listened to our podcast yet? Find it on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts! A full directory can be found here.    We've all been there - we've all experienced those awful days we feel grumpy, irritable, tired, and...

The Giver of Good Gifts

The Giver of Good Gifts

Apologies for the later newsletter this week, just an intern out here trying to do my best at work and also bring my best to you all 🙂 ​ This past weekend's Gospel is one of my favorites. I especially love the way that the Lord speaks about the heart of the Father: ​...

Call Me (Old-Fashioned) a Feminist

Call Me (Old-Fashioned) a Feminist

A lot of people in society might call me old-fashioned. Why? I love Jesus Christ with my whole heart - or at least I try to; I know I fall short, but God gives me grace every day to at least try I believe in waiting to have sex and moving in together until marriage I...

Pray, Fast, Act

Pray, Fast, Act

Wow... it's been about a month since I last wrote, and so so much has been happening! I'm officially one month into my summer internship (you can read my post about internships here) and over the moon about being back in DC. This past weekend, we had our internship...

Episodes 57| Battling Anxiety

Episodes 57| Battling Anxiety

Have you listened to our podcast yet? Find it on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts! A full directory can be found here. This week, we're continuing our battle plan series and talking all about battling anxiety. I know this is...

27 Lessons for 27 Years of Life

27 Lessons for 27 Years of Life

Hi friends! Can you believe we're almost all the way through June?! Completely wild. ​ I'm on the train right now headed up to my first week of training for my summer internship! I'm excited to meet other interns from the mid-Atlantic offices and learn even more about...

Episode 55| Battling Loneliness

Episode 55| Battling Loneliness

Have you listened to our podcast yet? Find it on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts! A full directory can be found here.   Ahh the battle of loneliness. We’ve all been there – that Friday night without plans, that day you...

Episode 54| Battling the Need for Approval

Episode 54| Battling the Need for Approval

Have you listened to our podcast yet? Find it on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts! A full directory can be found here. Welcome back to the podcast! This week, we're kicking off our summer school series inspired by St. Joan of...

“I Had No Idea You Were Catholic”

“I Had No Idea You Were Catholic”

Hello and welcome back to the newsletter! After three weeks of crazy travel from Dublin to Milan to Venice to Rome back to New York to pack up and move to DC (and then head to Santa Barbara for the weekend), I'm so glad to be back at the keyboard writing this...

Permission to Love

Permission to Love

Hello, and happy Tuesday! ​ As you read this, I'll be landing in Dublin, Ireland to spend a week with one of my best friends who is living there for med school! From there, I'm heading to Milan for a week for a class on the "business of fashion," and then to Venice...

It’s Book Release Day!!

It’s Book Release Day!!

Hello my friends, Today is a HUGE day! The project I've been working on for almost two years is finally here – introducing my book, "Now What?! The Young Catholic Adult's Guide to Being Bold in Faith, Work, and Life in the Real World." This book has been a labor of...

We’re Back! And How to Guarantee a Life of Misery

We’re Back! And How to Guarantee a Life of Misery

Hello my friends, ​ I'm so thrilled to be back! It's been too long 🙂 ​ I hope you're doing well and embracing the joy of the Easter Season! I had a few wild weeks of travel in April, turned 27 (yay!), and celebrated Easter with my family back in California. This...

A Season of Business

A Season of Business

As March rolls around, I can hear the collective groans from my coworkers and I starting. We’ve entered what is affectionately referred to as “busy season.” Busy season is marked by long hard hours and work weeks that don’t end on Fridays. Every hour possible is spent...

Lenten Retreat Week Six: Living Holy Week with Intention

Lenten Retreat Week Six: Living Holy Week with Intention

Hello friends, and welcome to the final week of our Lenten Retreat! ​ The mission of The SundayMonday is to encourage and equip all of us to be bold in our faith, work, and life. Each Sunday this Lent, we'll be sending out a reflection on the Gospel and how it...

Lenten Retreat Week Five: The Gift of Confession

Lenten Retreat Week Five: The Gift of Confession

Hello friends, and welcome to week five of our Lenten retreat! ​ The mission of The SundayMonday is to encourage and equip all of us to be bold in our faith, work, and life. Each Sunday this Lent, we'll be sending out a reflection on the Gospel and how it pertains to...

Lenten Retreat Week Four: Counting the Cost

Lenten Retreat Week Four: Counting the Cost

Hello friends, and welcome to week four of our Lenten retreat! The mission of The SundayMonday is to encourage and equip all of us to be bold in our faith, work, and life. Each Sunday this Lent, we'll be sending out a reflection on the Gospel and how it pertains to...

Lenten Retreat Week Three: Leading with Mercy

Lenten Retreat Week Three: Leading with Mercy

Hello friends, and welcome to week three of our Lenten retreat! ​ The mission of The SundayMonday is to encourage and equip all of us to be bold in our faith, work, and life. Each Sunday this Lent, we'll be sending out a reflection on the Gospel and how it pertains to...

Blessings at Brunch

Blessings at Brunch

My plan for an aesthetically pleasing brunch had worked. The sunny patio of The Post House Inn had teak tables, white umbrellas, and the perfect amount of dishware emblazoned with its name. To my right was Jessie, whom I had only known for eight months, but I already...

Lenten Retreat Week Two: It is Good That We Are Here

Lenten Retreat Week Two: It is Good That We Are Here

Hello friends, and welcome to week two of our Lenten retreat! The mission of The SundayMonday is to encourage and equip all of us to be bold in our faith, work, and life. Each Sunday this Lent, we'll be sending out a reflection on the Gospel and how it pertains to...

Episode 51| Friendship with Erica Carnohan

Episode 51| Friendship with Erica Carnohan

Have you listened to our podcast yet? Find it on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts! A full directory can be found here.   Making friends and maintaining friendships as an adult can be a challenge. Today, my bff Erica is on...

Episode 50| Spiritual Attack 101

Episode 50| Spiritual Attack 101

Have you listened to our podcast yet? Find it on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts! A full directory can be found here. I find it so fitting that our fiftieth episode of the podcast is one of my favorite topics: spiritual...

Episode 49| Living Lent at Work and In Life

Episode 49| Living Lent at Work and In Life

Have you listened to our podcast yet? Find it on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts! A full directory can be found here.    Lent is coming up, and I wanted to explore some ways we can live Lent well in a work environment!...

Living Lent at Work

Living Lent at Work

Can you believe that Lent starts NEXT WEEK?! It's crazy. So... what are you giving up? ​ This period before Lent is always an interesting one because there are often lots of ideas swirling around. Should I give up Instagram? My airpods? Videos? YouTube? Once I start...

Episode 48| Put Down the Phone :)

Episode 48| Put Down the Phone 🙂

Have you listened to our podcast yet? Find it on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts! A full directory can be found here.   This is our most controversial episode yet…and also our shortest. Tune in for a quick reflection on...

Our Most Controversial Episode Yet

Our Most Controversial Episode Yet

Hey friends! Buckle up because this week's newsletter is going to get real. ​ This weekend's first reading convicted my heart so deeply – how often do I turn to human counsel, the internet, podcasts, and Instagram before I turn to the Lord? Am I spending the same...

This is Your Sign: Have the Hard Conversation

This is Your Sign: Have the Hard Conversation

Hello friends, happy Tues! ​ Today I want to talk about something that usually (read:always) makes me a little sweaty: having hard conversations. I don't like to let people down, I hate disappointing others, and I do not love rocking the boat. But having hard...

Leaning into a Life of Love

Leaning into a Life of Love

I think I am officially dubbing myself “The SundayMonday Valentine’s Day writer”. Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday and yes, I answered that in a work questionnaire. Last year, I wrote about the various love types: eros (romantic love between partners), storge...

You Are Needed Here

You Are Needed Here

**Trigger warning: suicide** ​ I have written and re-written this newsletter at least five times. I didn’t send it out yesterday because I still didn’t feel confident in what I had to say. But I don’t want to let perfect be the enemy of the good, so here we go. ​ The...

The Magnanimity* of Christ (*definition of magnanimity inside)

The Magnanimity* of Christ (*definition of magnanimity inside)

One of the coolest virtues is magnanimity – literally translated, it means "bigness of soul." ​ Whereas pride is using our gifts to glorify ourselves, Magnanimity is using our gifts to glorify God. It's taking our strengths and passions and interests and offering them...

12 Books for 2022

12 Books for 2022

We are more than halfway into the first month of 2022 and I am only just now turning to resolutions. Though I love the idea of starting fresh on the first of a new year, life had other plans, as so often happens. Onward. As I reviewed the year that now lays in the...

The Podcast is Back! And a Morning Prayer for You

The Podcast is Back! And a Morning Prayer for You

Happy Tuesday my friends! Don't have a long reflection for you this morning, just a few things on my mind and in my prayer: ​ God has us exactly where He needs us to be – right here, right now. When we rest and rejoice in that, we can find a depth of peace that only...

Made Perfect In Weakness

Made Perfect In Weakness

Coming in hot on a Wednesday (whoops!) but didn't want to miss the week so I'm here and asking for your forgiveness... which is right in line with this week's theme! ​ The beginning of the year comes with so many opportunities and challenges, and it's so common to...

A New Home for Christmas

A New Home for Christmas

Many of us have been there. Finding an apartment, signing a lease, packing boxes, renting a U-Haul, moving furniture, and unpacking the same boxes in a new place. Then, 11 months later we get ready to do it all over again!   In the five years leading up to our...

New Year, Same God

New Year, Same God

Happy New Year friends! We are back to our regularly scheduled programming over here, and I'm delighted to have you. ​ It's a brand new year, which is such an exciting time. New goals, new dreams, continuing to write "2021" at the top of my journal pages... there's...

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, my dear friends!! What a true gift it has been to spend this Advent season together, preparing for the birth of our Lord. As a final reflection, I'd like to share a beautiful prayer by Father Peter John Cameron, O.P.. In the busyness and joy of...

Advent Retreat Week Four: God Among Us

Advent Retreat Week Four: God Among Us

Who is God in our lives, and who do we believe that He is? ​ As we enter into this fourth and final week of Advent, there's an urgency to remind ourselves of God's closeness to us. As He enters physically into our world as a baby on Christmas, we're reminded that He...

Advent Retreat Week Three: Where is the joy?

Advent Retreat Week Three: Where is the joy?

Can you believe it's already week THREE of Advent? On Saturday I was looking at my calendar and was floored to realize that we were exactly two weeks away from Christmas. In the midst of finals and job applications and a fun little cold, I completely forgot that we're...

Advent Retreat Week Two: Examining the Fruits

Advent Retreat Week Two: Examining the Fruits

Hello friends! I hope your Advent has been off to a great start. My social media fast has been much, much harder than anticipated, which I guess only emphasizes the importance of doing it! I pray that you've been able to find silence and peace in this first week...

Advent Retreat Week One: Seeking Silence

Advent Retreat Week One: Seeking Silence

Welcome to the SundayMonday’s Advent Retreat! I’m so glad that you are here. ​ Leading up to this Advent, I wasn’t sure if a retreat was in the cards. It’s been a crazy year, filled with so much change, many new experiences, and full schedules. Approaching this...

Advent is Coming!! & I’m Grateful for You :)

Advent is Coming!! & I’m Grateful for You 🙂

Can you believe we're just TWO days away from Thanksgiving?! This year is just flying by – I'm blown away. ​ Not only are we approaching Thanksgiving, but Advent begins THIS Sunday! This year on The SundayMonday, we're doing something a little different. We're going...

Bold In Work(wear)- Celebrate the Feast

Bold In Work(wear)- Celebrate the Feast

During my middle school and high school years, I was fortunate enough to attend an all-girls Religious of the Sacred Heart school. The society, founded by Ste. Madeline Sophie Barat to educate young women and girls, is deeply steeped in tradition. One of these...

To Women Who Work

To Women Who Work

This piece is based on a talk given by the author during a young adult women’s retreat for the Diocese of Arlington on October 16, 2021.   In his 1995 Letter to Women Pope Saint John Paul II says, “Thank you women who work! You are present and active in every...

Episode 44| Are You Proactive or Reactive?

Episode 44| Are You Proactive or Reactive?

Have you listened to our podcast yet? Find it on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts! A full directory can be found here. With all of the distractions of our lives and work, it's so easy to get constantly sidetracked and...

Are You Reactive or Proactive?

Are You Reactive or Proactive?

This week's newsletter and podcast episode are nice and related, so I'll keep it short and sweet up here so you can enjoy the 12 minute episode in its entirety! ​ Recently, I've been feeling so reactive. Instead of planning out my weeks and days, I'm responding to...

Releasing Our Idols

Releasing Our Idols

 A few months ago, my friend Bridget shared something so profound on an episode of the podcast. She said “sin is a distortion of a longing for a good thing.” I’ve been thinking about that a lot, especially lately. ​ A good longing to be seen can so easily be distorted...

Encouragement for the Failed Perfectionist

Encouragement for the Failed Perfectionist

There are some days we feel the weight of our flaws more than others. And I believe transitions and new ventures do bring out the temptation to see where we are lacking, even if we very well know that we have plenty of strengths.   Personally, I cannot say that...

Episode 43| You Have Permission to Take a Break

Episode 43| You Have Permission to Take a Break

Have you listened to our podcast yet? Find it on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts! A full directory can be found here. I think the title says it all, but this is a quick little episode here to remind you that you have...

The Surrender Novena

The Surrender Novena

Day 1 Why do you confuse yourselves by worrying?Leave the care of your affairs to meand everything will be peaceful.I say to you in truth that every act of true,blind, complete surrender to meproduces the effect that you desireand resolves all difficult situations....

Combatting the Most Dangerous Lie

Combatting the Most Dangerous Lie

One of the most dangerous lies of the enemy is that we’re alone; that we’re the only one feeling a certain way or struggling with a certain hurt.⁣ ⁣   ​ It’s this lie that causes us to withdraw from our sources of joy, from communities that love us, and from...

Fully and Freely

Fully and Freely

 I’m in a constant state of learning how to love myself.   I say this because I’ve kept up with an on-and-off tradition of writing letters to myself since my twenty-fourth birthday (two years ago). Instead of journaling, I collect cute notes and postcards when I...

Sparkle With Self-Forgetfulness

Sparkle With Self-Forgetfulness

I still so vividly remember Jennifer Fulwiler’s talk at SEEK 2014 in Nashville, and especially the words above. She talked about how easy it is to get wrapped up in what other people think of us, so much so that we can find ourselves distracted from reality because...

Encounter Jesus in The Chosen

Encounter Jesus in The Chosen

“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.” ― St. Augustine of Hippo Have you seen it yet? Seasons 1 and 2 of The Chosen, co-written and directed by Evangelical Christian...

Choosing Joy

Choosing Joy

"Joy is the net of love by which we catch souls." - Mother Teresa ​ Whenever I share The SundayMonday with a new friend, the first question is "Wow, how do you share your faith in the workplace?" Many people tell me that they feel uncomfortable or unsafe about...

Martyrdom Mentality

Martyrdom Mentality

“Take the case of courage. No quality has ever so much addled the brains and tangled the definitions of merely rational sages. Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. 'He that will lose his...

Labor Day and the Dignity of Work

Labor Day and the Dignity of Work

Yesterday was Labor Day in the US, a day taken to rest and reflect on the dignity of work and the human worker in our culture. ​ I love thinking about the dignity of work – the goodness of this invitation to partake in God's creative action as members of the...

Babies and Dreams

Babies and Dreams

I have been wanting to write this post for a while - I just wasn’t sure when or how, because I wanted to say exactly the right thing. Luckily, the Olympics has given me some motivation, and I do think now is the time to flex my writing muscles and write about...babies...

One Step Closer to That Promotion

One Step Closer to That Promotion

So you’ve been in your role for months -- maybe even years -- and you’re tired and frustrated. It could be that you’re bored and don’t see a clear path to the next opportunity. Or perhaps it’s the opposite -- you’re working overtime, picking up other responsibilities,...

How Do You Define Your “Life’s Work”?

How Do You Define Your “Life’s Work”?

Whether you love or hate your job — Jesus is offering you a chance to glorify Him through it. What a doozy of a question. But let’s make it easy and put the answer right here in the first paragraph – if you’re constantly searching for your true “life’s work”, you’re...

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