a new normal: a SWL post

hi, lovelies! i just wanted to let you know that i have a brand new post up on the So Worth Loving blog + i’d love for you to give it a read. an excerpt from my post is below, and you can read it in its entirety on the So Worth Loving site. thanks, guys! xo

I’d sit alone in my quiet bedroom, staring at the ceiling, trying to figure out what in

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on being enough {a post for the overcome the lie blog tour}

{Recently, my dear friend (and internet soul-sister) Ashley started a movement called Overcome the Lie, dedicated to empowering a generation of women to overcome the lies we are bombarded with by looking to Jesus, the One who has already overcome the grave. I feel beyond honored to be a part of this community of women who love, serve, and seek after the Truth. You can follow Overcome the Lie on Twitter and like them on Read the rest

Heather’s story

today’s blog is a guest post from Heather, who found me online and contacted me to share her story. she is strong and courageous, and her story is an inspirational one. i feel honored to be able to share it with you today. she is a reminder that even in the midst of pain and suffering, there is beauty and light to be found.

Finding The Good In A Cancer Diagnosis
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on being human

hello, my fabulous followers! just wanted to let y’all know that i’ve got a new post up on the So Worth Loving blog about emotions and this beautiful mess called life. hop on over and give it a read, why don’t you?

“Each one of is created to feel and experience and breathe and cry and laugh and ache and question and long and love and live.” get out there and do it. … Read the rest

recently, i was introduced to SheLoves, an online community of women raising their voices, sharing their stories, and showing the world God’s heart through their words.

today, my post entitled RISE: Get Up Off the Floor is published on their site, as part of their October theme, RISE. at first, i’ll admit it: i was a bit hesitant to be so openly transparent with this part of me online. but one thing i have learned … Read the rest

today’s post was written by a sweet and courageous friend of mine named Amy. she’s 41 and a Christian, mom, friend, fiancee, aunt, sister. Amy is also a self-professed lover of words, cheese, photographs, and water.

To my younger self,

I want to write you great words of wisdom, expound on the pitfalls you will encounter and steer you away from painful, tragic mistakes you will make.
I want to tell you:: speak up for … Read the rest

to my younger self: [seven]

today’s post comes from Matthew Cramer, a punk rock warlord who also happens to be my BFFL. he’s on twitter, and you should definitely follow him.

this is going to hurt

you gotta go through it.

do you want to share some words with your younger self? i’m still looking for submissions! it can be a letter, a poem, a picture—whatever you need[ed] to hear.
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to my younger self: [four]

today’s post comes from an anonymous writer here on tumblr. anon, i want to thank you for your honesty, thank you for your bravery, and thank you for sharing a piece of your story. your willingness to be vulnerable with your voice is a great encouragement to people everywhere, myself included. ♥

To my younger self,

I apologize that I’m writing this later than I should have. And yet, I also know you will read … Read the rest

to my younger self: [three]

today’s post was written by a friend of mine from high school, Kathaleen Groomes. she’s a beautiful soul who lives a life of truth, light & peace, manages a funky little store called reVIBE, and is just plain awesome.

The three most important things I would share with my younger self:
1) Everyone is sensationally beautiful in a unique way that only they can master. No matter what, always search for this beauty, and Read the rest