My eye is drawn to the person standing on the sidelines of a group. The person who does not seem to interact. The person who does not seem to know anyone. I see lonely people everywhere, down the street, sitting opposite of me, and behind me. I know them because I was one of them. Sometimes I still am one of them. Once you have … Continue reading The Lonely Demographic
After Jesus, wine-tasting, and scandalous literary fiction, my next favorite hot topic is emotion. Past blog posts include: Feeling Offended, Feeling Paranoid, Emotional Labor, Hungover At Church, all that jazz. As a millennial very much entrenched in our self-care culture, I keep hearing: Be honest with yourself, be in touch with your emotions, don’t suppress negative feelings, introspect—habits that I’m told are healthy. Especially as a … Continue reading How To Be Resilient
Let’s start with talking about me. I have been called a hot mess. All-over-the-place. Picture a forgetful stiletto-snapping female who still smells of college. I make last-minute plans, stroll straight into compromising situations (read ‘When I Went to a Burlesque Show’), and flaunt my naïveté like knockoff Pandora bracelets. With that in mind, I found an article on Whole Magazine called ‘Work and the Modern Christian … Continue reading What to Do When You’re a Hot Mess
Trigger warnings: sexual harassment, sexual assault. It seems like everyone is talking about it recently. From the Harvey Weinstein scandal to the #MeToo trend, there has been a dialogue about sexual harassment and assault going on that has been making me think. Everywhere I look, it is there. All I have to do is go on social media to see my friends use #MeToo in order to … Continue reading Me Too: Why Speaking Up is Important
Come on, guys. We are Generation Treat Yo-Self. This I know, for Parks and Recreation—and an article in The Guardian—told me so. Dear my fellow co-blogger, Savvy: I realize this blog post is a bit of an objection to your post “Take Care of Yourself.” You wrote about the importance of self-care and I don’t mean to argue against you. Actually, if I may spoil … Continue reading Why I Don’t Care About Self-Care
I am not the kind of person who offers up politics as a conversation starter. Firstly, I rarely feel informed enough to argue a point in politics. Secondly, I tend to see that both sides have valid points but this tends to annoy people. Thirdly, I am a peace-keeper and politics have a way of disturbing the peace. Politics-talk seems to be more concerned with … Continue reading Should We Talk Politics?
I cannot bear insincerity. I hate it when people are only putting on a show. Stepping up onto the stage, smiling broadly with their perfect-white teeth, and they play their cool act. I prefer the honest indifference. I like the mispronounation of words and the mix-up sentences when one gets sleepy or lazy. I’m partial to the direct truth, even when the truth is not particularly … Continue reading If I’m Being Honest
Who is this Pentecostal God, sneaking around, putting words into people’s mouths, into their ears, wooing them to places they may or may not want to go?* Okay, so! I work at a charismatic-Christian publishing house which means that at work, I’m immersed in literature about getting closer to God, speaking in tongues, and, above all, hearing God’s voice. I always assumed the latter was a … Continue reading Can God Speak to You?
Dear Rachel (and Readers) Remember, Rachel, when we kept up-to-date with each other concerning books that we were reading? Remember the multiple times we took turns ranting and rambling on about the books we read or were forced to read, loved or hated or sometimes both? In honor of that spirit, I wanted to ramble about a book that I just finished reading called The … Continue reading Rambles: C.S. Lewis and Friends
Legit, it was because of popcorn. I’m watching a movie—Confessions of a Shopaholic, I am not ashamed—in bed with a bowl of popcorn at my side when I realize something. The popcorn does not have enough seasoning. You know that powdered white cheddar stuff? Oh yes. I bring the cinema experience home. I dart out into the kitchen, sprinkle some more on, and then head … Continue reading Getting Locked Out of My Room