Tackling Vulnerability

Tackling Vulnerability

Sometimes I really hate this word. I don't use the word hate lightly either. In culture today, everyone values people who are their true self, who don't hide behind a mask, and who aren't afraid to be vulnerable. But honestly, no one likes to be vulnerable themselves. Who wants to lay everything on the line? [...]

Satisfaction in Stillness

Satisfaction in Stillness

I like to think I'm okay with peace, a slower pace, and stillness. I like to think I'm okay with quiet. However, sometimes I really struggle with wanting a schedule, order, and to be that terrible b-word: "busy" Busy-ness means productivity in our culture, but does it mean the same thing for our hearts? If [...]

2017

2017

  2017 was quite the year... It definitely had its share of ups and downs. Looking back, I think it was one of my best year's yet. I swear the 20s just get better and better with time. But here is a look back at one of my favorite years of adventures, growth, and God's [...]

Change is Good

Change is Good

  Change is Good.Change IS Good.Change IS GOOD. I've been muttering this phrase under my breath countless times these past couple weeks. It's like a personal mantra that I repeat over and over to try and convince myself that it is truth. I know well and good that change is a product of humanity. We [...]

Making Room for Balance

Life is tough. We have a million different things vying for our attention each day. Text messages, emails, Facebook notifications, appointments, class, studying, phone calls... The list is never-ending! We wake up in the morning and our to-do lists pile up before we've even sunk our feet into the ground. Balance is tough. I remember [...]

PA School Is Not Your Calling

PA School Is Not Your Calling

PA school is not your calling. Sitting in a classroom for hours being lectured to about the multitude of conditions that can affect the lungs and respiratory tract is not your calling. Taking exam after exam assessing which multiple choice response is the most correct is not your calling. Spending hours coming up with mnemonics [...]

The True Meaning of Christmas

The True Meaning of Christmas

Baking. Cleaning. Primping. Cooking. Fussing. Attending. Wining. Dining. Wrapping. Shopping. The meaning of the Christmas season can very easily get lost amidst the hustle and bustle of productivity, striving, and planning. Family complicates things. Expectations complicate things. Ultimately, WE complicate things. We are imperfect. We are full of flaws. Actually, we are brimming with flaws. [...]

Trailblazing

Trailblazing

Tomorrow, tomorrow. I'll love ya tomorrow. You're only a day away. In less than 24 hours, I will be sitting in a classroom of 85 students beginning this next chapter of my journey to becoming a healthcare professional. For almost fours years now, I have been working toward becoming a Physician Assistant. Accomplishing the necessary [...]

Redemption

Redemption

The Lord has been teaching me a lot lately. Sometimes I think that has to do with the fact that I have a lot of free time at this point to sit and ponder. But also, because there are big changes on the horizon for me, I believe that God is strengthening my patience and [...]

Knoxville

Knoxville

  The city where I was born and raised. The city where I took my first steps and had my first day of school. My first memories of being a kid are housed in this city. But never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined myself ending up back in Knoxville after undergraduate to [...]