Doing the Best we Can

  Maybe, just maybe we’re all doing the best we can with what we’ve got.  In her book Rising Strong, Brene Brown shares a story about a speaking engagement she does rather begrudgingly and she gets a roommate who seems to be a messy person (it’s Ch 6 if you’re curious). When Brown returns from…

Rend Your Hearts

Yet even now return to me – return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, weeping and mourning. Rend your hearts not your garments, and return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love… Joel 2:12-13 As we’re 5 days into lent I’ve been…

Only By Grace

A couple months ago I was talking with my mentor. And I was telling her that going to church was really hard. I didn’t want to pray. I didn’t want to go to mass. I had one day off a week and I wanted to spend it in my underwear watching tv – I didn’t…

Lessons in Unconditional Love

Lately, it seems, Jesus is teaching me more and more about what it means to not only love unconditionally, but to be loved unconditionally. My more stubborn nature often makes me less receptive to love people want to offer me. My life’s story and some of the ways I have been hurt make me less…

Mind Over Matter

Okay, so I’m a runner at heart. I’ve been running since I was in middle school… well, really I’ve been running since I was a kid. I would always run down my driveway when I got off the school bus. But I’ve been running as a sport/recreational activity/therapeutic activity for several years. So if you…

Letting Go of Perfectionism

As the new year struck my newsfeed was filled with posts about people’s word for the year. My small group leader asked if we had a word for the year. I didn’t realize this was such a thing that people did. But it’s a really good idea. New years resolutions are hard. It’s easy to want…

#GOALS

Earlier this week I reached one of my goals. Can I get a whoop-whoop?! I was honestly pumped. It was raining and I wasn’t really sure how it was going to go, but it felt so good to be out and moving I decided I would go for 4 miles that day. Why not? It…

Learning to Dance in the Rain

Life is hard and transitions suck. Graduating college was great, but the period of transition following is hard. Harder than I expected. Because not only am I transitioning, but the lives of the people around me are all transitioning too and we’re not transitioning together, but each in our own ways. Something I have realized…

JOY and Trusting Acceptance

With the new year being only a few days away I have found myself thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. There’s a part of me that actually hates the new year’s resolution bandwagon, I have even written about it in the past. My qualm with it is that I feel like life changes should not be limited…

To the Woman Who Wonders if She’ll Ever be Enough

As women, I think our self-worth is attacked so much. Many of us have, at one point or another, experienced a feeling of being “too much to handle” and “not enough” all at the same time. We feel like we’re too broken for somebody to love, we’re too needy, we’re too much work. Or we…

The Need for Confession

As a convert to Catholicism I quickly learned that I had a greater knowledge base than a cradle Catholic because of going through RCIA and getting foundational faith teachings at a mature age, and because I was choosing the faith I think I was probably more willing to learn.. And most of the church teachings…

An Advent Challenge

It’s still extremely surreal to me that I finished nursing school. That come January I won’t be going back to class, that there are no more 8 am lectures, no more care plans, no more monthly exams, no more finals. I know I’ll never stop learning. I know I’ll never stop wanting to learn more,…