Management Training and Professional Development for Military Spouses is Easy and Free at Fort Bliss

Fort Bliss Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation

My job as the Director of Family Ministries at First Presbyterian Church requires a certain degree of management skills. I am directly responsible for 5 employees, 2 interns, and over 50 volunteers. This is not a skill that comes naturally to me, nor is it one I picked up in school (BA in English and […]

Finding Peace in a Broken World

first published at MiddlePlaces.com 12/16/2015

There are times in life where all I want to do is run. But God says be still. During the holidays there are blaring inconsistencies of peace and war, giving and selfishness, love and loneliness, a St. Nicholas who  throws punches, and a child who was born to die. Finding joy and keeping a heart […]

Steps to Relieving Stress & Anxiety

The holidays have begun and with them the busyness and stress of trying to make everything perfect. A little secret I’m still trying to live into: it doesn’t have to be perfect. I’m forever working on how to find calm. Finding quiet space in the midst of the normal is hard enough but add to it […]

Thoughts on Gratitude, Thanksgiving, Service, and Shopping

For the last few years, my news feed during November has been full of gratitude. Every day friends would share something they are grateful for. It was 30 Days of Gratitude that somewhere along the lines even launched into 365 days of gratitude. Like anything on social media, there was a myriad of opinion pieces […]

Life has a way of getting in the way of living

Middle Places
November 7, 2016

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…hope is a revolutionary patience; let me add that so is being a writer. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up. – Anne LamottBird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

It’s hard to have the discipline to look myself in the mirror and commit to paper the world as I understand it. It’s hard to expose myself to others, to bare my soul, but it’s worth every second. It’s in discovering ourselves that we can face our fears and move forward.

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What The Election & Losing Gracefully Looks Like For Our Daughters

My children stayed up through most of the election but did not make it to the final-results. When I woke my oldest daughter up her first question was, “Who won?” “Trump.” “I don’t want to get out of bed, the world just ended.” She had buried her head in her pillow and I could barely […]