Day one of teaching theatre and the first thought that crossed my mind was: I need to find a way to help young performers understand the foundation of human emotion and expression with masks covering the majority of their face. No pressure. And as those young performers sat there, staring me down over their masks, … Continue reading Top Tips to Improve Communication
We are part of a generation that picks apart an article for the one word that offends us. A society that believes authentic interactions come from a tiny computer in our hand. We are surrounded by individuals who lean into anxiety. Humans tend to overcomplicate situations. Life isn’t black and white - but it could … Continue reading It’s not that complicated.
A few Fridays ago on my drive home from work, I got an unexpected call from my husband - he had crossed paths with a 5 week old stray kitten. Malnourished & flea infested, the kitten had been abandoned by her mother. We chose to open our home, nurse her back to health, and find … Continue reading Lula’s Story
Beating 50 Percent is a marriage ministry founded by Audrey and Jeremy Roloff. Together, they encourage couples to give more than 50% in their marriages. Their mission is to cultivate covenant marriages that strive to be better than average. In January, Audrey and Jeremy shared they were encouraged by premarital counselors to set healthy boundaries … Continue reading FLIPPING THE SCRIPT: A Healthy Conversation about Dating & Marriage
I have been spending a lot of time listening to the news and scrolling social media feeds these days. My heart is heavy with grief and frustration for so many. In the midst of hurt and distress it is easy to get caught up in the anger. It’s simple to write aggressive messages on social … Continue reading W.W.J. actually D.?
Being still isn’t something that comes naturally to me - the word restless has come to mind often during this season. I miss being with my family and spending time at coffee shops and going out on dates with my husband. The other day I caught myself desiring control over the lack of excitement and … Continue reading Pause the Restless
*Topic requested by St. Marks U.C.C. of Lebanon, PA I love having schedules, social interactions and job interviews go exactly the way I plan. Being in control feels good, but life doesn’t work like that - perfect plans fall apart. Right now we are watching plans fall apart in a big way - and it … Continue reading Change of Plans
I’ve recently made the mistake of confusing laziness with stillness. While they may appear seemingly interchangeable, these terms are vastly different and hold contrasting levels of value. Laziness is noteworthy in it’s own way - vegging out on the couch and watching your favorite television show at the end of a day feels so good. … Continue reading The Work of Stillness
Your time is a valuable currency. People want more of it - a common thread around the world. But do we wish we had more of it or that we spent it differently? It’s a stressor - we are late, haven’t finished our assignment for work, left the chicken in the oven too long. Time … Continue reading Give Me A Minute
There is nothing romantic about romanticizing. Our society promotes daydreaming about leveling up. By following suit, we miss every opportunity to pursue our calling because we are too busy romanticizing about it instead of joyfully preparing for it. Preparing for the future requires learning from the present. Nothing is promised to us. When we assume … Continue reading Hopeless Romantics