Just for Today

Hey, friends! I hope that your summers have been full of adventure, sunshine, and joy. I just got to spend seven weeks adventuring in a small town (I use the term “adventure” loosely), interning at a children’s home. I lived there, played with kids all day, and worked with a bunch of people who spend…

Making Homes out of People: The House that’s Building Me

  ~For the Doghouse Boys- Chris, Dru, Evan, Flip, Harris, JC, Kealand, Reese, Sean, and Tuck~ Thanks for being my new home.   Hey, friends! I hope you’re all doing well. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how incredibly thankful I am that I ended up going to school at Furman, even though it…

Of Grace and Dirty Dishes: Life More Abundantly

Happy spring, everyone! I hope this season brings more flowers than allergies, more bright and sunny days than showers. I like to think of myself as someone who just absolutely loves everything, but if I’m being a little more honest, I am not, in fact, a walking ray of sunshine all the time. There are…

Whose Man is This?

Hey, friends! I hope this wintry season of second chances and self-improvement is full of hope and sunshine. I have somewhat recently adopted the phrase “Who’s man is this?” from one of my best friends, as in, “Who’s man is that because whatever he is doing is absolutely ridiculous and someone needs to come and…

A Little Bigger

  Hey, friends! It’s been way too long, and I hope that the world is being kind to all of you. My first semester of college was crazy­­- the good kind of crazy, when your heart is full and steady in the midst of the whirlwind. I’m in awe of the incredible people I have…

The Really Good Kind of Baggage

If you’ve ever seen me out of the house, I was probably carrying a giant bag of some sort. My dad affectionately calls whatever bag I happen to be carrying “the magic bag.” I have this really compulsive and altogether unnecessary need to carry around anything that anyone might need at any time. There’s just…

Graduation Speech

Hey, friends. This is the graduation speech I delivered this year. I hope you like it; I hope you learn something from it; and, I hope all of you wonderful people I went to school with know how much I really, truly mean what I said. You make saying goodbye so hard, and those are…

More Fish

   Hey, friends. In light of recent events at my high school, I have been uncertain of what to say about the most influential teacher in my life. So many people have shared their stories, and mine sounds very similar to all of theirs. I’m just going to share one story out of many-the story…

When the Road is Hard to Travel

I’m one of those people who has my life super together all the time. Even when I’m doing a million things at once, I still have all my homework, dress up for school, keep up with everything I’m supposed to know. At various different points in my life, I’ve had my whole future completely planned…

Journeys

Hey, friends. As this year comes to a close, I’ve been thinking a lot about journeys, and looking back, I’ve started to realize how heartbreaking the destination mindset really is. I used to be all about the destination: winning, making perfect grades, being in the perfect place spiritually. I had reached the destination of who…

Come Taste the Grace

In the past year, I have grown into a person I never imagined, and I have found more joy than I ever thought possible. I’ve abandoned traditionalism, embraced freedom, discovered how to be brave, and opened my mind. I am anti-CHILL. I am standing on the side of love. I am making room at my…

Hey, High Schooler

Just please remember this one thing for me. Your version of anything does not have to look like anyone else’s version. You do you. Okay? Hey, sweet freshman. Take a big, deep breath. I cannot even tell you how many smiling faces would love to meet you and how many incredible teachers are going to…