• church,  India,  mission trip

    Back to the City of Joy

    A year ago, I was two days into my first trip to Kolkata. I knew even that early, that I wanted to come back. It was bold statement to make with just 24 hours into a trip, but there was something already happening in my heart toward this country.  And here I am, 365 days later, back in this very loud but joyful country. If I’m honest though, I didn’t think I deserved it. I wanted it, absolutely. But I didn’t think I had earned the right to return. I am fortunate and grateful that God has plans that I can’t always understand but man, do I appreciate when these…

  • about me,  blogging,  grandma

    Leaving an imprint…

    I’m joining the #30DayBloggingChallenge that Mandy Hale has set inspired by her new book #YouAreEnough! Day one begins with talking about tattoos and their meaning (and meaningfulness).  I have one tattoo. I swore I would never get one, mostly because I couldn’t figure out what I would want on my body for the rest of my life. But that was easy after my grandma passed away in 2009. My grandmother loved owls. I remember, growing up, we’d go to her house and they would be everywhere. As an adult, I wish I would have learned more about the reason why she loved them so much. She was my best friend.…

  • about me,  random

    The ABC Game

    This is going to be one of the lamest posts I’ve ever made but I’m suffering from “I wanna keep this blog alive but I’m struggling with talking about what’s really going on in life right now.” So, in an effort to revive this – I’ll just do something easy and avoid all the feels. A – Age: 36. Although I feel 26 most days. Until I’m around 26-year-olds or after a difficult CrossFit workout. Then I remember that I’m not that young anymore. B – Biggest Fear: Well, if we are referring to rational fears – a fire in my home. But irrational fears would definitely be clowns. I…

  • about me,  Bible stuff,  dating,  dating stories,  online dating,  scripture,  Single in Music City,  starting over

    Do you pledge the same allegiance?

    This week was a little rougher for me. I don’t normally share a lot about my personal life with people that aren’t super close to me but here it goes. Recently, I tried online dating. I went on a few dates. They were…interesting. One in particular was with a guy that revealed that he was agnostic. As soon as I heard that, the image of an ox carrying a teetering yoke appeared in my brain (if you’re familiar with the Bible, you get that). So I knew this wasn’t going to work. I didn’t say anything right away. But when he asked me out again a few days later, I…

  • blogging,  Life in Nashville,  social media,  starting over

    I’m back! Blogging 2.0

    Wow, it’s been a long long time since I’ve used this space for anything. It’s not like I haven’t tried; you should see the draft pile of blogs. But I just couldn’t seem to get ideas out and flowing the way I wanted them too. Is blogging even a thing anymore? I don’t even read them anymore. I think Instagram has taken the place of keeping up with people’s lives. But I miss it. I miss clicking on the links to see what my favorite strangers were up to. I thought that when I moved to Nashville that I’d blog about the adventure of it all – and failed miserably…

  • assault,  emotional

    Why we stay quiet.

    Bill Cosby Kevin Spacey Harvey Weinstein And sadly many, many more that don’t make headlines because they are your relatives, neighbors, coworkers and even church members. These are all men accused of sexual assault and/or rape. The list of those that have been victim of assault and rape is longer. MUCH longer. Outside of Donald Trump tweets, nuclear war, gun control and mass murders, the headlines are filling up with people coming forward claiming sexual assault. The latest are victims of celebrities. A lot of these are telling stories of situations that didn’t happen recently. Some of these stories are decades old. If you’re like me, you can’t help but…

  • about me,  CrossFit Journey,  sports

    CrossFit so far

    I haven’t talked much about CrossFit so far on this blog, but I think I’m going to start. Because, well, honestly besides work that about all that I have going on! My CrossFit journey has been a slow moving one. Last year, before I left Arkansas, I joined a gym (they call them ‘boxes’ in CF lingo) in Branson. It was convenient for me because I could go to the Fundamentals class before or after work. That and I didn’t have to work out in front of anyone I knew. I knew just about everyone at the box in Harrison, plus had sort-of-kind-of dated one of the guys there. Their…

  • about me,  Life in Nashville,  random,  starting over

    Two years later

    I’m approaching the year anniversary of living in Nashville and I’m becoming very…nostalgic? …sentimental? …thoughtful? I’m not sure what adjective to use but I’m definitely thinking a lot about it. TimeHop and Facebook historys help me relive some of the memories of how I got here, which started two years ago. Losing my job Two years ago this week, I was told that my job – the job that I loved and was really good at, was going to be eliminated. I could keep that job, IF I uprooted my life and moved to a different city. I didn’t follow it. One reason was, I didn’t want to move. But…