Perennial

He ran his calloused hands through the water that dribbled from the silver faucet. The lavender soap stood like a pillar on the sink corner. He blended the flowers with the  water and pressed the soap bar against his palm. The scent flowed through the crevices in his palms, burrowed into his fingerprints, and dove…

Don’t Love Yourself

“You need to love yourself first.” I hear this saying all the time. I read it in magazines. I see it on television. I am told this phrase when seeking life advice. Based on the amount of times I have heard this expression I started to believe it. I wondered… Maybe I don’t give myself…

It was Only Just a Beam

  There are many excuses we tend to give ourselves as to why we just don’t do the things we feel we need to accomplish in this life. We tell ourselves… My dream or goal is unrealistic.  I don’t have the talent. It wasn’t the right time. I’m not in the mood today. Lets call…

Jellyfish in My Bible

Today I went to the aquarium. When I step into those front doors I am more excited than the hundreds of elementary schoolers that make up most of the crowd. The ocean and anything related to it always brings me a sense of peace. Maybe it is the calming effects of the water. Maybe it…

They Are Battling

Someone you know is battling mental illness. Yes, even if they have not told you. And when I say battling…I truly mean it.   They are battling because they feel alone. They are battling because they are afraid to open up. They are battling because no one seems to understand.   Over the years, I…

Where is the Key?

I have a problem.  A problem that most people seem to struggle with.  I know what I need to do. I know who I need to be. I know what I need to accomplish. Yet, most days, I just don’t act. Nike, says it plain and simple…JUST DO IT. We all have our gifts given…

I Left Her 

I’m currently laying down on my mattress pad…on my bedroom floor. My bed is sold. My walls are cleared of all decorations. My room is empty. I’m typing this on my phone because I have no internet.  I graduated today.  I turn 22 years old in 55 minutes.  I’m leaving her in about 12 hours. …

Narwhals and Unicorns

I have been really lucky. College has blessed me with great friends that I will have until they put me in the coffin. Friends that have my back through terrible times. Friends to laugh with me and at me. Friends that understand me. Friends that push me to be courageous. And most of all….. Friends…

Nothing Matters

On my Instagram, my first photo from 4 years ago, is of me on campus with a nice soft smile. The caption reads, “Ready to start the journey.” College was more than a journey. College was more than just a rollercoaster. At times it felt like I was getting run over by a semi. At…

God is my DJ

Life is a rave.  God is my DJ. Love is the music.  Imagine this scenario. You are in your car. The summer sun and breeze has found its way through your open windows. You are jamming out.  All of a sudden their is a lull in the music. Then out of nowhere the beat drops….

Hand Sanitizer: Only 99% Effective

Every Sunday, a homeless man sits a few pews behind me. This man has stained clothes, long greasy hair, and hands speckled with dirt. I was very unsettled with how I first viewed this man. The dirt on his hands and feet immediately put up a barrier between myself and a fellow brother in Christ….

Vision of Our Hearts

My freshman year I was on the club rock climbing team. I joined the team because nothing beats an adrenaline rush. Though I always put on a face that I was super courageous and tough…heights always made my palms sweat. The higher I would climb the greater my heart rate. Heights were one of my…