I talked a lot about taking responsibility for the things you want in life. If you decided to embrace that mentality, that’s great! I’m so proud of you for refusing to continue to play the victim. There was another side of the coin, however, that I neglected to address in my last article.
I went to a corn maze again this year. It was a significantly better experience than last year. When you’re going through a corn maze, you are usually given a small printed map of the maze to help you find your way around. It’s incredibly helpful – if you know how to read it.… Read More Life lessons I learned while lost in a corn maze
A few weeks ago, I had a meltdown. Because of various health issues, I’ve found myself going to a lot of doctor’s appointments lately. These days I average between 2-3 appointments every single week. It’s safe to say that I’ve gone to more doctor’s appointments in the last year than I have in the rest… Read More When hard work becomes a bad thing
Nearly a decade after I first went to Costa Rica, I laugh at the fear I felt when I boarded that plane. When I returned from that trip I remember feeling totally invincible. I had just faced my biggest fear – and won. I thought I could do anything. Little did I know I had… Read More Turning stumbling blocks into stepstools
I have a vivid memory from nearly 10 years ago now. I had just received a scholarship from my university to teach English in Costa Rica for the summer. Although I had applied of my own free will, I didn’t think I would actually be accepted. Now that I had been, I was petrified. Absolutely… Read More Feeling scared? Do it anyway
Recently Michael and I were talking with a friend, and she mentioned something that we had been discussing a lot lately between the two of us. He gently nudged me and I nudged him back, smiling knowingly. It was amusing to us that this topic seemed to keep popping up, and we were enjoying the… Read More Why you should stop confabulating
It’s so easy to sit here at my computer and encourage you to persevere, to push through, not give up, fight for what you believe in. However, I am fully aware that advice like that is far easier said than done. I have been there, curled up on the floor wanting nothing more than to… Read More How to push through when you feel like quitting
It’s easy to say that long-distance friendships are possible, but when the rubber meets the road it can often seem like a daunting task. Feeling up to the challenge? Here are 8 tips that can help you make the most of it.
I recently went to a community-wide cleanup day. While I was there, I met a lovely Egyptian woman named Fabia*. She was both friendly and a good worker, and we had some great conversations while we were cleaning together side-by-side. As we were finishing up, she mentioned that she was moving halfway across the country… Read More One surprising thing you DON’T need to create good friendships
I once heard someone say that the root problem of every issue we have in the world today is fear. While I’m not sure I’d go quite that far, I do believe that fear is behind much of the global conflict – racial, religious, ethnic and more – that we see occurring between people groups.… Read More 5 questions to help foster friendship and understanding