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finding peace in the imperfect & cultivating a radically authentic life

I know nothing

I was in middle school, she was in high school and lived just around the corner. I never actually knew her, but when the news spread like wildfire that she’d killed herself my whole world tilted on it’s side, and oh how I cried. I can still picture her house in my mind’s eye, I know exactly where she lived. She went to the High School I would later attend and then graduate.. Read More


So – remember when I said my word this year is ‘Radical’? Well, apparently it’s also ‘Why’. I can remember back to my childhood and being in the car with my sister and either one or both of our parents and asking ‘Why?’ a WHOLE LOT. I’ve always been a curious, investigative person. It’s how one simple blog post or article online can lead to a rabbit trail that lasts days. Or how.. Read More


I didn’t think I was a ‘word’ type – you know, the kind who picks out a word for the year… And then I caught up on posts in an amazing group of bloggers I’m apart of and scrolled through my Facebook feed only to find yet another reminder and so here I am… Under the most amazing full moon, with the crisp cool air just beyond my window as I cuddle into.. Read More

Time to remember…

I’m not the person I was a year ago. In some ways I’m grateful, in others sad. There’s parts of who I was then that I miss, parts I wish I could rediscover, and of course parts I’m glad to see left behind. But I sit here and feel such an urge to run from pieces of my life, to take a leap into the unknown rather than remain stuck in the here.. Read More

Reflecting on 2014

It’s amazing to me how fast a year seems to have flown by when looking back, and yet when I pause to think through the various moments it seems as though – when in the ‘in between’s’ – the time in fact passed so much slower. I’m not generally one to do ‘reflections on the year past’ or ‘New Year’s resolutions’ – but alas, here I am. I’ve shared recently that I have quite the.. Read More

I’m back!

The blank screen feels daunting after so much time away, but oh how I’ve missed it. I downloaded the Facebook app tonight and took a quick gander through the notifications, a few posts here and there. In truth I feel as though I’ve missed nothing by being away. That being said, there was a surprising click that happened inside of me when I stepped back into that world. All at once I felt.. Read More

A much needed break…

As I sit back and reflect on the last year I’m so completely and utterly humbled and so full of gratitude. I’ve been a bit quieter around here over the last few weeks. No particular reason (honestly), other than life happening (as usual). But if I’m honest, I’ve been feeling the call to step back on purpose from the online world for a little while. I haven’t been so good in the past.. Read More

It is time…

There’s a place for tools, for inspiration, for support, but these things can also be used as a crutch, for procrastination or distraction. You are a miracle, your body is a temple for the divine, you have the power within you to do great and mighty things. Do not be ashamed of the light, be only filled, cleansed, made new. Be a vessel of miracles – receive to overflowing and then pour into.. Read More

Here’s to 4 years… and many more!

Today, 11/19/14, marks my 4 year wedding anniversary to the greatest and most divine miracle in my life – my husband.  Just 4 short years ago we walked down the aisle and committed ourselves to each other in front of an intimate group of our friends and family at the fairy-tale location of Castle McCulloch in Jamestown, NC. Our time together seems to have flown, and yet it also seems that we’ve never.. Read More

Atrophy of the soul…

My soul seizes up, atrophied from lack of use. I’ve been up and down these last few days and I’m anxious for all the setting aside of the quiet time for reflection that I deeply long for. It feels like it was just moments ago that it was Friday and at last I was turning off my computer from work and finally exhaling after a long feeling short work week wrought with the.. Read More

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