33 Things I Learned In 2017

I typically set some goals for the New Year but they're general because I'm not one for setting goals that I realistically won't reach during that year. But nonetheless, I do agree that it is a good time to reflect on the past year and press on towards what lies ahead.

I wasn't going to write anything for New Year's this year, but that changed when my friend forced me a pen and paper at 11:28pm on New Year's Eve and told me to write twenty or so things that I learned in 2017.

I figured that I'd share them with you all. :)

  1. Joy isn't found in circumstances, it's found in God.
  2. You learn a whole lot about the Kingdom of God when you spend time with people who are different than you.
  3. God speaks to me most when I step out in obedience to His call.
  4. Being single is a gift and such a special season of life.
  5. I was created to step outside my comfort zone. This is where the growth happens. This is where God reveals things.
  6. You actually can graduate college as the Worlds Greatest Procrastinator.
  7. I see God the most through fellowship with other Christians and through traveling/creation (especially the mountains and oceans). I never want to stop traveling.
  8. The decision to give Jesus my whole heart, all of it...was the best decision I've ever made. 
  9. Phish Food is a necessity and until Ben & Jerry's decides to make something equally comparable in a dairy-free form, veganism is going to have to wait. Also, I learned that half and half is the only way to have and enjoy a decent cup of coffee. 
  10. You have a story. Share it. Others (and yourself) need to know what God is doing in your life.
  11. I've diagnosed myself with kitten fever.
  12. I was waiting on God for a long time to make a supernatural move when it was really up to me to make the move so He could do His thing. 
  13. I love the stair master - unpopular opinion, I know, but nonetheless - true. 
  14. Friendships require intentionality and effort on my part.
  15. I'm actually not 100% introverted. I'm more 70% introvert, 30% extrovert. 
  16. Quiet time with Jesus is the most precious part of my day, especially when I'm still enough to listen. He's whispering sweet EVERYTHINGS to you. Listen.

JORD Watch

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I am so excited to share this watch with you all because it has quickly become one of my favorites! I can't wait to wear this to Christmas Eve service at my church next weekend!

I'm loving everything wood lately. Wood bowls, wood cutting boards, wood furniture, and now a wood watch! I just love the natural woodsy feel of wooden things.

Jesus Take The Wheel

I always like having something to look forward to and concerts have always been that for me. I love the anticipation and excitement. It's almost intoxicating. Don't you think?

Do you know how people often ask the question "I worked so many hours, where did all my money go?" Well, I can attest that mine went towards copious amounts of concert tickets (and probably lots of coffee). During the last six years of my life, there has hardly been a day where I've have not had a concert ticket on hand. As soon as the last concert creeps up, I find myself looking for the next one to look forward to.

Do you know what it feels like to follow an artist for so long and then the day finally comes when you get to see them in the flesh, living, and breathing before you? For years you watch them on television or online and you live in this blissful state of mind that one day you will see them and it will be everything you could have hoped for and more. You put a vast amount of hope in this future.

Maybe for you, it isn't a concert that consumes your thoughts and plans. Maybe it's a boyfriend or girlfriend. Maybe it's a job. Maybe it's something else.

God Has My Whole Heart - A Guest Post

This past spring one of my friends asked me why I choose to give Jesus my whole heart. She asked "what’s so good about Jesus" to me personally? She asked why I choose to follow and listen to His commands, instead of partying and pursuing guys. She asked this question out of pure curiosity, not to challenge me or shame me. She didn’t know how it pierced into my heart like an arrow and got me questioning everything I believed in.

On the outside, it looked like Jesus had my whole heart. I was trying to bring more people to know Him, I was holding a Bible study in my room, and really did have a genuine desire to bring others His good news like never before. But, when my friend asked me that question, I didn’t have an answer. I didn’t know why I was trying to bring them Jesus because I didn’t know what having a close relationship with Him was doing for me in my life. I looked back at my life so far and it didn’t seem like God had followed through with any of His promises I read about in the Bible. Where was the joy, peace, and confidence I was supposed to have? Where was this freedom and satisfaction that only He could provide? Where were the answers I knew I should have been able to give her?

I started asking close friends who were also strong in their faith, what having a relationship with Jesus did for them. I researched all God’s promises in the Bible. My heart was thirsty for an answer to this question and it longed to be quenched with something that was simply enough for my heart so I could genuinely tell my friend why Jesus was worth giving my everything to. And the honest truth is that I searched and searched and found nothing that my heart was able to say “that’s it!” to.


Do you ever feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day? I frequently lie down at night and feel like there are a million and one things I didn't get to yet. Because of this, I often go to bed with the feeling of unrest; and anxiety because these things don’t just disappear, they just get added to tomorrow’s to-do list. It’s a never-ending cycle.

It sometimes feels like my life is flying by and all I want is for it to s l o w down.

I try to appreciate the season God has me in and not rush it behind me, but that’s difficult with an endless list of things to think about and a hundred plans to be made. 

But I wasn't made to run around like a chicken with my head cut off. 

Some days I forget to eat because I've jam-packed my schedule THAT much. 

Raise your hand if you can relate!

Our world loves being busy! We love telling everyone about how many things we can pack into one day. We envy the busy bees. In a world that glorifies busyness, it can be so hard to actually desire and seek rest. 

But y'all, it is so essential for our souls! 

If you resonate, I want to share with you some of the ways that I intentionally seek rest in my life – which is currently the busiest season for me so far.

Start your days with slow, silent prayer.

I tell the Lord the things on my heart. Laying my desires before the Lord, allows Him more space in my life to work in those particular areas and it gives me a beautiful lens to see Him move mightily as He starts to align my desires with His.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

“Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4