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

Matthew 28:20

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...

Delighting in the Still, Small Voice

Delighting in the Still, Small Voice

Last week, I went on a three day silent retreat at a beautiful home on the Long Island Sound. ​ But I almost canceled it (more than once). ​ I almost canceled this retreat, that I scheduled months ago, precisely because I knew that this time of transition was going to...

Confessions of a Chasti-holic

Confessions of a Chasti-holic

Here’s something I’ve never told anyone before: I missed the first and only chastity talk at my small Catholic school in fifth grade.   I didn’t hear one until college. By then, I had forgotten the belief of saving sex for marriage that my upbringing had taught...

We’re Back! And You’re More Than What You Do

We’re Back! And You’re More Than What You Do

Wow, it feels SO good to be back in the newsletter game! I've missed you :') ​ A lot has changed over here – I left my job, I'm officially a New Yorker, and I'm starting school in two weeks! All of this change is fun and exciting but man, my prayer life has been...

Be Seen (The Little Way)

Be Seen (The Little Way)

It’s my personal opinion and painful observation that most of us seek to quench the aching thirst to be seen in the wrong ways and worst places. We bust our butts for beefy lists of accomplishments and social media followers and likes, all while landing on our backs...

A Diagnosis is Not Defeat

A Diagnosis is Not Defeat

   How struggling with failure led to my ADHD diagnosis and changed my experience with work, life, and my faith.   I’ll be the first one to admit that I’ve been a perfectionist my entire life. I’ve gotten the grades without trying, achieved the highest test...

Our God – The Ultimate Foundation

Our God – The Ultimate Foundation

“It’s not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.”   Since I was a little girl, one of my favorite activities included looking at houses. The exterior elevation, the landscaping, the...

Relationship Precedes Mission

Relationship Precedes Mission

The following are reflections from a participant of the 2021 GIVEN Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum that took place from June 9-13, 2021, in Washington, D.C.   “It is thus my hope, dear sisters, that you will reflect carefully on what it means to speak of...

Big News, Life Changes, and a Quick Break!

Big News, Life Changes, and a Quick Break!

Hello, and welcome back to the SundayMonday Tuesday! ​ As you may have gathered from the subject line of this email, there are some big life changes a-brewing over here! In just a few weeks, I will be moving to New York to attend NYU Stern School of Business to pursue...

Episode 32 | I’m Going to Business School

Episode 32 | I’m Going to Business School

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 have exciting news to share! After nine months of taking tests, writing essays, a million coffee chats,...

What Captivates the Heart

What Captivates the Heart

On the Fourth of July, I stood out on the National Mall in DC with tens (maybe hundreds?) of thousands of people, watching fireworks light up the sky above the Washington Monument. It was beautiful. It was awe-inspiring. It was simply... captivating. ​ That same day,...

Episode 30 | Are You My Mentor?

Episode 30 | Are You My Mentor?

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. Are you my mentor? Mentorship is a buzzy concept – especially around young professionals – but what the...

DayQuil Reflections

DayQuil Reflections

Hello friends, and happy Tuesday! This week's newsletter is going to be a little shorter than usual because I've been laid out with a nasty cold/cough/sore throat for the past five days (please pray for me!). So I'm just sharing a few of my congested thoughts from...

Words Like Honey

Words Like Honey

Words are powerful.   Words can build up and tear down. They have the power to wound and to heal. Words can break and words can reconcile. ​ I spent this weekend Austin with wonderful people, exploring the city, splashing in the lakes, and two-stepping until...

Resting in His Heart

Resting in His Heart

June, as you may know, is the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. You may have seen that mysterious image of the Sacred Heart – a heart burning, crowned with thorns, and a sword piercing its side. When I first saw the image some years ago, I was fascinated,...

Love That Surpasses Knowledge

Love That Surpasses Knowledge

During this month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I've found myself meditating on the love of God, which surpasses knowledge. ​ I think, as a society, we're pretty focused on knowledge. And it's rarely lacking. We can google anything we want, find answers in...

It’s Time to Design Your Summer

It’s Time to Design Your Summer

Hello friends, and happy Tuesday! ​ Today I want to explore something that one of my favorite podcast hosts, Gretchen Rubin, encourages her audience to do, which is to intentionally design their summer. The idea is simple, and so good: it's an encouragement to make...

Nothing I Hold Onto

Nothing I Hold Onto

I Lean Not On My Own Understanding. My life is in the hands of the maker of Heaven.   There was, and is, so much about our faith that I struggle to understand. Concepts like our Trinitarian God, saving sex and sexual acts for marriage, and Christ’s redemptive...

Episode 26 | The SundayMonday is ONE!

Episode 26 | The SundayMonday is ONE!

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 SundayMonday is ONE!!! I cannot believe it’s been a year since these doors were opened and this...

Make It Like Our Birthday Everyday

Make It Like Our Birthday Everyday

The SundayMonday is ONE! ​ On June 1, 2020, the doors to The SundayMonday opened, and this crazy journey began. To say that this past year has been one of the most wild, fun, and unexpected years of my life is an understatement. Because of you all and this site, I've...

The Most Important Question to Ask Today

The Most Important Question to Ask Today

Happy Tuesday, friends! ​ Instead of a longer letter this week, I want to offer a simple question for reflection, posed this past week by a very good and very holy friend. ​ Here it is: "Lord, what is Your will for me today?" ​ That's it. Simple, clear, and leads us...

Ep. 25 | Should you take the job?

Ep. 25 | Should you take the job?

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 episode is inspired by a question sent in by a friend - "Should I take this offer, or wait for a more...

Who Are You Working For?

Who Are You Working For?

This week, I pondered the question: "If someone offered me a full-time salary to run The SundayMonday for a year, what would I do? How would I spend my time? What would I invest in?" ​ I thought for a long while, and settled on doing a 30-day spiritual exercises...

This is Your Sign

This is Your Sign

 This weekend I was wrestling in prayer. I was asking questions of God, begging Him for peace in a particularly painful struggle. For an hour, I dove into scripture, sat silently in expectation, and pleaded for greater peace and trust. Exhausted and honestly...

Saying No

Saying No

Saying No How did you respond the last time someone asked you to do something you really didn’t want to do? Did you take time to think about it? Did you politely decline? Did you swallow your objections and say yes to avoid making waves?   As Catholic Christian...

Dear Graduating Jane…

Dear Graduating Jane…

It's Grad Week here at The SundayMonday! Every day, we'll be sharing content that celebrates, encourages, and empowers our newest worker gals as they take the next step into the world. Be sure you're following along over on Instagram, where our lovely resident...

No Ordinary Days

No Ordinary Days

I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning. ​ Irritable and restless, I wanted something new. I was unamused with the idea of another Monday, just like the many Mondays before this. Where's the adventure? Where's the fun? After a week of vacation and my...

Episode 21 | Wise Words with Nomi

Episode 21 | Wise Words with Nomi

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. Today my incredible grandmother, Mary Ellen Judson aka Nomi, is on the podcast! We talk about everything:...

Boundaries and the Beach

Boundaries and the Beach

By the time you read this, I will be on a beach somewhere, with my stack of library books, ready and SO #blessed to be on an actual vacation!! ​ But at the time of writing this, I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Going on vacation is hard work....

Ep. 18 | Finding our identity in seasons of transition

Ep. 18 | Finding our identity in seasons of transition

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. In a world obsessed with identity, achievement, and prestige, moving on from something that we've held as...

For You

For You

Happy Easter, beloved friends! I hope your Easter was filled with joy, celebration, sunshine, and yummy food. I attended the Easter Vigil (my favorite mass of the year) and wow, every time I'm outside before mass with the fire pit going and the candles all around me,...

Embrace, not Endure

Embrace, not Endure

We think, “No, this time I will endure.  Things will be better in the future”.  Indeed, they will.  We think, “No, it can not be so!”  We’ve defeated this demon, dealt with the night and already faced this winter. And yet—  The ice pushes from the earth the stones...

Hiding Self View This Holy Week

Hiding Self View This Holy Week

It is not an exaggeration to say that my life changed on May 15 of 2020. After two months of overwhelming Zoom burnout, I was introduced to a little button by a friend. The feature? "Hide Self View." ​ Now, instead of spending meetings constantly stealing glances at...

Ep. 17 | Young Adult Groups 101

Ep. 17 | Young Adult Groups 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.   What's the point of Young Adult Groups? Will I be welcomed? Isn't YAG just a place to husband hunt?...

All is Gift

All is Gift

How do you receive God's gifts? ​ The gift of a new day. The gift of a warm cup of coffee. The gift of the mass. The gift of a full fridge. The gift of a job. The gift of family, friends, community. The gift of a kind word from a colleague. Wherever we look, whatever...

Ep. 16 | Living an Ordered Life

Ep. 16 | Living an Ordered 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.   What does it look like to live a life of order? What habits, routines, and disciplines can we...

Stepping Out into the Waves

Stepping Out into the Waves

Let nothing disturb you;Let nothing frighten you,All things pass away.God never changes. Since September, I’ve been in a season of transformation and transition.  I decided to apply to a nursing school program I’d had my eyes on for a while, took online courses for...

What’s your canary?

What’s your canary?

I'm always looking for new tools or ideas to get to know myself better. One of my favorite reflections that I've stumbled across in the past few years is the concept of recognizing one's "canary in a coal mine." ​ The phrase "canary in a coal mine" comes from the...

Ep. 14 | Know, Love and Serve: Encountering the Homeless

Ep. 14 | Know, Love and Serve: Encountering the Homeless

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.   Today I’m welcoming Emily St. Paul to the podcast! Emily works for Christ in the City, and has spent...

Ep. 13 | Motherhood and Mission in the Workforce

Ep. 13 | Motherhood and Mission in the Workforce

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 brilliant and beautiful Schyler Smith is here today to talk all about embracing motherhood and...

Meeting God in Discomfort

Meeting God in Discomfort

This past week I was with some friends when one made a very astute observation: ​ "We've lost the ability to sit in discomfort." ​ Think about it. You're hungry? You can order dinner to your door in 20 minutes without even needing to get off the couch, clicking more...

Ep. 12 | Keeping the Faith in Hollywood

Ep. 12 | Keeping the Faith in Hollywood

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.     Today, my girl Hayley is on the show to talk about keeping the faith in Hollywood! Her first...

Ep. 12 | Painless Networking

Ep. 12 | Painless Networking

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.     Does the idea of networking make you squirm? Do you envision awkward cocktail tables and...

Making Space

Making Space

It's a feeling. You know it, and I know it. A quickening pulse, frantic glances at the time, and hurried decisions about what stays and what goes. Being over-scheduled, overworked, and overwhelmed has become commonplace in our culture. We rush from one thing...

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...

Ep. 9 | A Lent Well Spent

Ep. 9 | A Lent Well Spent

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.   Today I'm sitting down with Julie Balla to talk all things faith and work! Julie (@district__jules)...

A Lent Well Spent

A Lent Well Spent

I read these words written by Thomas Merton earlier this week, and I can't get them out of my head. And since I'd rather share something beautiful than try and wrestle words of my own to be even half as profound, I'm going to share them here. ​ From No Man is a...

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...

Ep. 7 | Interfaith Conversations

Ep. 7 | Interfaith Conversations

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 an episode I'm so stoked to share. My delightful roommate (and friend of 19 years) Kayla is...

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...

Ep. 5 | Dealing with Disappointment at Work

Ep. 5 | Dealing with Disappointment at Work

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.   Tough days happen to all of us. The question is - how do you handle them? In our first minisode, I...

Ep. 4 | Joy in Seasons of Waiting

Ep. 4 | Joy in Seasons of Waiting

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.   My dear friend Sarah and I are both in the graduate school application process and we're deeeep in...

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...

Ep. 6 | Making Decision with the Holy Spirit

Ep. 6 | Making Decision with the Holy Spirit

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 I'm joined by Elli Schmidt to talk all about making decisions with the Holy Spirit!...

Ep. 3 | Creating Community

Ep. 3 | Creating Community

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 episode is all about creating community! Let’s be real: it’s hard to make friends as an adult....

Ep. 2 | Faith and Work in the New Year

Ep. 2 | Faith and Work in the New Year

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.   Today I'm sitting down with Julie Balla to talk all things faith and work! Julie (@district__jules)...

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...

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...

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