The Chocolate/Jesus Dilemma

When life’s got you nostrils flaring, saying all the cuss words, and adding in “and another thing is” frustrated, what’s your go-to comfort? Now, I’ll pause here. Let me define comfort. The first definition of comfort on Definition.com is: to soothe in time of affliction or distress. Is it just me who finds the definitionContinue reading “The Chocolate/Jesus Dilemma”

4 Small Steps to Growing My (sweet, dumb) Christian Soul

New Year’s resolutions are trite, unhelpful, and usually destined for failure, and if I didn’t love them so much, I’d definitely stop making them. Am I the only one who enjoys a good goal? A personal growth intention synced up with the start of the New Year? For me, my 2020 resolutions fall into oneContinue reading “4 Small Steps to Growing My (sweet, dumb) Christian Soul”

Live Like You’re FitBit

Do you Fitbit? If not, allow me to sing its praises. It tells me, to paraphrase that now-ancient Police tune, every step I take. It’s watching, as Sting was want to sing, every move I make. If I step, burn a calorie, gain an inch of ground, move for a set length of time, myContinue reading “Live Like You’re FitBit”

Recipe to Not Be Afraid

For me, sending a Christmas card, of our new blended family, tops the charts for challenging. This has me wondering: do you have beautiful, but unusual or tender circumstances you struggle to celebrate? Sharing good news in our lives can be so much harder than expected. Because what’s possible on the other side of thatContinue reading “Recipe to Not Be Afraid”

We Wassailed. Ish.

Did you know there are two ways to define wassail? Googling “wassail” here’s the first thing to pop up: drink plentiful amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way.”he feasted and wassailed with his warriors”synonyms:drink and make merry · go on a drinking bout · go on a binge ·Continue reading “We Wassailed. Ish.”

Self Five

Have you taken a moment to thank your Past Self today? I worked with a woman who did. Searching through a set of files, she’d discover some random, but now useful, piece of design from previous years, and say, “Thank you, Past Loralyn, for saving that.” Past Loralyn? Past Self? I loved this. Flash forwardContinue reading “Self Five”

Do What You Can Do

Hey friend, because it’s that time of year when some of us catch a touch of the stiff-upper lip, I just wanted to check in – are there any ways you might be possibly breaking your own heart in the service or needs of others? Any chance this Christmas season might bring that out ofContinue reading “Do What You Can Do”

The Cussing of Christmas

Christmas season – a time of twinkle lights, candy canes, presents, Christmas songs, and so much cussing. Or is that just me? On the off chance you too celebrate the season, and simultaneously feel overwhelmed by the demand, the noise, the expectations, and the almost-steroid-induced-like frenzy so many of us reach over shopping for theContinue reading “The Cussing of Christmas”

Little Cracks, Big Openings

Around my later middle school years, I remember asking my mom about the date of Christmas Day. Thanksgiving lay on the horizon, and, I expect in attempt to understand exactly when my vacations from school would transpire, I wanted to run through the general layout of holiday dates. “So Thanksgiving is always on Thursday?” IContinue reading “Little Cracks, Big Openings”

The Thanks and the Giving

When you hear ‘Thanksgiving’ does it conjure visions of fighting and divisiveness? Apparently, anything ranging from politics, to religion, to raising children, and who gets banished to the table with them can bring out the relationship boogiemen, or so this past week’s podcasts, Instagram, and Facebook told me. The table splits into two sides: usContinue reading “The Thanks and the Giving”