The Longest 26 Days of My Life

It started out innocently enough. I just asked my brother how life was in Hawaii. Simple. So simple. Then he tells me he’s on the last few days of a detox. I’m intrigued. He tells me all of the health benefits. I’m more intrigued. He tells me where to find the resources, says he feels great, […]

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Missed Experiences

I am endlessly fascinated with the Israelites.  I know the stories — especially the big ones: Passover, Red Sea, 10 Commandments, lots and lots of disobedience and captivity… But there’s something about the details that bring new light with nearly every read.  In Deuteronomy 5, Moses repeats the 10 Commandments in the hearing of all […]

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The Case for Being Direct // the How

During my last year of teaching, I had the privilege to teach a few upperclassmen a Communications class. Among other things, I took the opportunity to teach them from the book Crucial Conversations (which I beyond-highly recommend to every single human). Essentially, it walks the reader through practical ways to handle high-stakes and high-emotion conversations. I sure wish I learned those points when I was 16! Many of these practical points are adapted from these fantastic book.

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The Case for Being Direct // the Why

A few years ago, I was on a walk with a good friend. We shared our current happenings, and she related a recent strain in one of her closest friendships. 

“She just never listens to me,” she explained. “I’m always there for her, but I feel like she dips out whenever I need her to be there for me. And it’s been like this for awhile. I don’t want to lose her as a friend, but I don’t know,” she sighed. 

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Reminders from Unproductive Days

As I type this, it’s eight minutes to 5PM. It’s a Monday. By now, I’m usually wrapping up my todo list for the day, which has nine objectives currently. We usually take Everest for a walk in about fifteen minutes, to signal the shift from work day to evening relaxation. But all I’ve marked off […]

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More is Not Better: Added Words

When it comes to my physical well-being, I like to be extra careful. I’m not into skiing or snowboarding, as it’s hard to regain confidence after colliding with a tree. When I hike the Billy Goat Trail in Maryland for the umpteenth time, I still slide down certain parts on my behind — even though […]

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When the Devil Tells the Truth

Like a typical teenager I struggled with FOMO throughout high school: the fear of missing out. But mine was more information focused than experiential: I didn’t want to miss out on knowing anything. I wanted to know who was dating who, what official and unofficial events were happening, and what crazy things were happening in the […]

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