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

Why I’m Okay With Being Single

How do you feel about being single? Guest blogger Cole Forbes opens up: My last roommate just started dating, the final nail in the coffin of our once shared bachelorhood. A year ago now we stood four strong, basking in the glow of our loneliness together. Yet one-by-one they fell away into relationships until I was the last remaining holdout. All that remains is a … Continue reading Why I’m Okay With Being Single

That One Time I Went Christian Speed Dating

What’s it like to go speed dating? Guest blogger Missy Montgomery has the scoop: Who knew ten minutes could actually feel like ten years? Have you ever agreed to plans with your friend, but then find yourself wishing to back out as the day approached? Yeah, me too. When my friend first asked if I wanted to sign up and do a speed dating event … Continue reading That One Time I Went Christian Speed Dating

Should We Talk Politics?

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?

How I Knew I Was Ready to Get Married

Featured Photo Credit: The Rivers How do you know when you’re ready to get married? Guest blogger Victoria Piraino opens up about being engaged: Have you ever reached the point when reality sets in and you don’t know how to respond to your raging emotions and thoughts? Well for me, one of those moments was when I got engaged. Change for most people can be … Continue reading How I Knew I Was Ready to Get Married

How To Be By Yourself

Listen up, fellow extroverts! Guest blogger Taylor Berglund has the secret to being by yourself…and it’s not what you expect. Here’s what he has to say: When Rachel first asked me to write on “being alone,” I thought it was a poorly-concealed jab at my relationship status. After all, being alone comes naturally to me. I’m an introvert, so my problem is the opposite—if I … Continue reading How To Be By Yourself

If I’m Being Honest

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