Have You Ever Been to ‘Jesus Camp’?

I recently watched a documentary on Netflix called Jesus Camp. You may have heard of it before. My siblings and I watched it, joking that we would see how mild our parents actually were, and it proved more thought-provoking than I thought it to be. Jesus Camp (2006) examines evangelical culture in a children’s church camp setting. As someone who grew up in a conservative and evangelical bubble, … Continue reading Have You Ever Been to ‘Jesus Camp’?

3 Lessons I’ve Learned from Working with Children

It has been one of those whirlwind weeks in terms of my work (I work as a nanny and at a child-minding setting). I’ve done the normal school runs and pre-school gymnastics but have also had the extra parent meetings, the paperwork, and I even emplaced participatory activities in my setting which still need to evaluated and adapted this weekend. Looking after children is exhausting … Continue reading 3 Lessons I’ve Learned from Working with Children

Having My Own Apartment

“Do I look like a crazy person?” My hair floats around my face like dandelion fluff and my skin is red and sweaty. The only thing I’ve eaten today is coffee. Last night, I slept on the couch by a portable air-conditioner. My friend, who’s eating chicken while seated on the kitchen floor, looks at me and says: “A little bit.” It’s been a busy … Continue reading Having My Own Apartment

Living Through Hurricane Irma

For those of you who don’t know, I live in Orlando which means Hurricane Irma was Miss Popularity this past week. You watch the game. I'm on the screened-in patio watching the wind spit garden gnomes into the pool #IrmaHurricane2017 #HurricaneIrma — Rachel Noelle (@RachelNoelle21) September 10, 2017 I’m staying at my aunts’ house (yes, two aunts, that was correct punctuation) until I move into … Continue reading Living Through Hurricane Irma

When You Show Me Who You Really Are

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.* I hate this feeling. A car has blindsided me. Sidled up and crashed into me, shaking me awake. Okay, in reality, I’m steering safely through an intersection, blinkers blinking, windshield wipers wiping. But it feels like I’ve been blindsided. Not bumped by a tailgater. Not rammed into the car in front of me. … Continue reading When You Show Me Who You Really Are

When Your Best Friend Dates Your Brother

Aww look at this picture, Rachel, Garrett is the epitome of heart-eyes emoji and you’re just….oblivious. Photo credit goes to Yury Kim, thanks bro for taking so many photos over the years even when we hated it. “NOOOOOO!!!!” Rachel has always assumed that was my reaction when Garrett told me that Rachel and him were dating. Though admittedly that word was said, it was meant to convey … Continue reading When Your Best Friend Dates Your Brother

Being in a Long-Distance Relationship

It is what it is, says love.* Is it perfect? It’s a long-distance relationship (ldr). It’s not fab because you’d rather it be different. It’s wonderful because the relationship is so good that you’re willing to go the distance. That’s what it looked like on my last evening in England as my boyfriend and I strolled along the cobbled riverwalk after our last date together. … Continue reading Being in a Long-Distance Relationship

Changing What I Don’t Like About Myself

She’s got a coffee in hand so obviously she wants to stay longer but her car keys are also in her hand so maybe I should wrap up this conversation and set her free except if she wants to keep talking and stay in this conversation, then I’m up for that too except now she’s glanced over my shoulder and yep, she wants out. I’m … Continue reading Changing What I Don’t Like About Myself