30 Summer Looks You Need for Your Closet Right NOW

I recently popped into my favorite NC boutique to check out their new storefront, and I completely fell in love with all the new looks they are offering this Summer! Katie styles 30 outfits that are absolutely perfect for all your Summer outings and events. Some of these options ended up going home with me haha Not even lying, it was hard to leave some … Continue reading 30 Summer Looks You Need for Your Closet Right NOW

The One Word That Changed the Entire Trajectory of My Life

When I was in middle school, people told me I was dumb… …and I’ve been trying to prove them wrong ever since. It sucked hearing that over and over again.  Middle school is already hard. You’re learning how to pick out your clothes and wear make up for the first time, and doing both very poorly 😂 But then people start throwing out their opinions … Continue reading The One Word That Changed the Entire Trajectory of My Life

Love ‘em anyways

How do we deal with difficult people? And is “dealing” with them really the best approach? People are _________. a. Difficult b. Confusing c. The worst d. Often unloveable e. All of the above If you’ve ever had an interaction with another human being, you’ll probably find the correct answer to the statement above to be “e. All of the above”. Ryan and I were … Continue reading Love ‘em anyways

Your value has zero to do with numbers.

I played that game for a long time. Numbers on the scale. Numbers on the measuring tape. Numbers on my clothes. Numbers in my food. The calories. The carbs. The sugars. Counting all day long… And yet none of those numbers told the story of who I am, what my character is like, how dedicated I am, or even how healthy I am.   My … Continue reading Your value has zero to do with numbers.

Ryan’s Story: Miracles, Medicine, and the Role of Christ in the Recovery Process

I’ve only just recently processed the Event that put my husband in a wheelchair, then led him to a little scooter, then to crutches for 8 weeks and eventually to complete healing and the ability to not only walk but to run again. Sometimes, it feels like only a story until I look down and see the question mark shaped scar on his leg.

He says it feels like it happened ages ago. But to me, it feels like it happened just yesterday. Continue reading Ryan’s Story: Miracles, Medicine, and the Role of Christ in the Recovery Process

The Struggle to Balance in Two Very Different Worlds

I’ve been home for a few days now, and the whirlwind of emotional rollercoasters have been in full force. Reverse culture shock is a thing. Getting back to normal is my fear. Falling back into routine is scary. And wondering if the missions trip vibes will wear off is real. Day 1 after my trip I was a complete mess. Less than 30 minutes off … Continue reading The Struggle to Balance in Two Very Different Worlds

Transparent feelings at the end of a very good, long day here in Nicaragua

It’s 10pm, and we’ve been up since 7am. The sound of my alarm clock going off was so long ago, I’ve forgotten that it even happened. It has been one of those days that feels like 3 days. Even sitting here trying to recount the day, I’m having trouble not mixing up the events from yesterday and today. Today was a great day. It was … Continue reading Transparent feelings at the end of a very good, long day here in Nicaragua

15 Misconceptions About Eating Disorders & More on How a Formal Diagnosis Isn’t Required to Have Issues Related to Food

Last week was eating disorder awareness week, and it kind of pushed me to go for it with this post. I want to clear up some of the misconceptions about disordered eating. This blog post isn’t just for the girls who have issues with food. It’s for the parents who don’t realize their kids are hiding food under their napkins at dinner. It’s for the teachers who don’t see their students constantly tugging at their clothes. It’s for the friends who don’t know what’s going on, but they know somethings up. Continue reading 15 Misconceptions About Eating Disorders & More on How a Formal Diagnosis Isn’t Required to Have Issues Related to Food

Vichy Laboratories + Lift Active Collagen Specialist

Hey Girl, I just found one of the BEST anti-aging products on the market in my latest Influenster VoxBox, and I’m here to tell you all about it! I applied the product as soon as I opened the box, and my face is now smooth like butter! Finally a “Vichy Lover” thanks to the LiftActive Collagen Specialist! Here’s my skin story: I’ve been using anti-aging products and … Continue reading Vichy Laboratories + Lift Active Collagen Specialist

When mornings bring up all of the awkward things I’ve ever done in my entire life

It’s 8:30 am, and I’m surprisingly not running behind this morning. I’ve already worked out, showered, had my coffee, and I’m entering into mirror time. This stage of the get ready process usually goes 1 of 2 ways. I’m either running so late that my mind lets me off the hook and allows my 15th alarm to raise my anxiety levels… Or things are going … Continue reading When mornings bring up all of the awkward things I’ve ever done in my entire life