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Coffee Talks: Writer’s Block

Coffee Talks: Writer’s Block

I haven’t wanted to face it, let alone write about it. The very topic has caused me to close my laptop and attempt to anything and everything but write. I haven’t wanted to acknowledge its presence, but it has hit me: writer’s block. I would […]

The Winter Blues

The Winter Blues

Does winter get anyone else down in the dumps?I’m not trying to blame my attitude on the cold, because I know that owning my attitude is always my responsibility. But man… I really, really hate the cold.  It is one sensation I can think of […]

For My Sister on Your Birthday

For My Sister on Your Birthday

My Sweet, special sister,
18 never looked so beautiful.
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My sweet pea, you have such a fiercely loving heart. You have always had this beautiful compassion for people that translates to the way you interact with people.
I have watched you feel so deeply and love so boldly, and I love watching you blossom.
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Since the first time I saw you dance– really dance– about 3 years ago, I knew you were a shining star. Remember that fame has nothing to do with the gifts God has blessed you with. He’s going to use them whether your name is known or not. That has no bearing on the beautiful talents you have. I will always be your fan, and I will always cheer on your passions.
And your voice. Your speaking voice brings joy and smiles to so many faces, and your singing voice carries such depth and pure talent no one can deny. I am so proud of all of your hard work, determination, and persistence to do what you feel called to do.
Keep seeking that calling, and rest in the fact that you are so loved, so precious, and so called. I am forever your big sister, which is forever one of my favourite parts of who I get to be. Not because I’m a big sister– but because my little sister is one of the coolest people I’ve ever known.
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I love love love you with all my heart. You are in my prayers always.
Check out my amazing sister’s music! 

A Morning with my Best Friend

A Morning with my Best Friend

Morning. Not stupid early, but not late morning, it’s 8:30am and your eyelids open after a solid, undisturbed 8 hour sleep. You smile to yourself, feeling that euphoric, passionate, life-is-good-because-God-is-good emotion that translates to excitement to spend time with Jesus. You know He’s going to […]

Trusting in the "Delay"

Trusting in the "Delay"

Much of today’s musings are inspired by a wonderful message preached by Pastor Mike Rutledge   at Risen City church yesterday, where Jesus met me in my own worries, stress, and anxieties and revealed newness to me as His Spirit does, starting when I so loudly […]

Flexibility Journey

If I had a bucket list of things I wanted to accomplish, something that would be at the top of it is becoming more flexible.
I got this tattoo that says “dance” two years ago. While, looking back, I don’t think I’d get it again, at the time it meant several things to me, one of which was the defiance

I used to be the least flexible person on the planet, but I have learned how to stretch and practice in a way that actually makes a difference. Now, I am close to a full split, can touch my toes and beyond with complete ease, and have a much more flexible back.
Here, the top three tips and mindset implementations that *actually* helped me to improve my flexibility, rather than just thinking about improving it.
Patience. My biggest downfall in the past was rushing through stretches without enjoying them. I would choose to stretch when I had a million things on my mind, and a seemingly never-ending to do list awaiting me. In turn, stretching would feel like a chore, and something I was forcing myself to do. Now, when I stretch, if my mind tries to speed up my movements, I remind myself that the time to actually sink deep into the stretches and just quiet my mind is healthy, allotted for, and that I need only be present.
Hold stretches for a loooong time. I would get into a flow of stretches in the past, and think, “ah, I don’t have to hold them for minutes long. As long as I feel it burn a bit, I’m doing the job.” But I didn’t notice a real difference in my flexibility until I held stretches for at least a minute at a time, and from there challenged myself to hold for even longer. It is from there that in the middle of a minute, I would feel the stretch becoming easier, and naturally begin to sink deeper into it. What a great feeling!
Practice your over split. This videovideo  is my go to for most helpful and crucial split stretches, and provides a great tutorial for how to do the over split. Stacking pillows or blocks in order to mimic a further movement into the splits was an absolutely amazing technique for me!

No matter what your goals, grace with yourself in your progress is so important. I have learned the hard way that nothing worth achieving is a quick fix, but is accompanied by hard work and determination for a reason! Enjoy the process!

A God of UNComfort Zones

A God of UNComfort Zones

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 I’ve been thinking a lot about the Biblical merit for not being in “comfort” zones. What is “comfort?” […]

What Is Exhaustion Without Purpose?

What Is Exhaustion Without Purpose?

All I can think about right now is hitting my pillow. I hate sounding dramatic, but my eyelids are so heavy and my whole body is exhausted from not stopping all day. And that could easily be for nothing. I could easily work this body […]

UPDATE: Most Patriotic Weekend Ever, Healing, Blog Burnout?

UPDATE: Most Patriotic Weekend Ever, Healing, Blog Burnout?

My uncle takes the most amazing photos of wildlife I’ve ever seen.
He has travelled to remote places just to capture rare birds from behind his lens. They could certainly be sold for hundreds of dollars with the sort of quality they possess. When I asked him, though, if he planned on selling them, his response was that selling them would take the fun out of it. It wouldn’t simply be art, but business. He’d give them away, sure, but didn’t need to sell them.
It made me think about “work,” and why we see our passions as less “fun” when we get paid for them.
Busier now than I’ve ever been before, I’ve recently thought about ceasing to blog, at least for a time. Convincing myself that focusing on work, which currently includes freelance writing for a software startup, and focusing on growing more clients, is more important.
While I want to focus on work and really enjoy what I do, I have realized the benefit that blogging is, not only, I hope and pray, for my readers, but for my own soul. Writing is, and has been since I can remember, one of my main passions, and this space is one that I created with calling and ambition, and also simply to create without any barrier. To write while listening to God. And when I sit to blog, maybe, like right now, with a good cup of tea, the whole world stops, and I could write forever.
So, in prayer and thought, since I am NOT burnt out from blogging, it is NOT something I plan to stop doing.
I also wanted to write today about the beautiful weekend that I saw Jesus work through and in as my boyfriend Johnny’s friend and his girlfriend, Jay and Jamie, came to visit us from Winnipeg for Canada Day.
We took Jay and Jamie to Toronto for one day, venturing to Ripley’s Aquarium and a TFC game, and Niagara Falls the next, for shopping, sightseeing, and sunsetting.
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Our time together was full of gratefulness. We were so overwhelmed with amazement in our God’s creation (the thousands upon thousands of fish in the aquarium), the smooth and unproblematic run of our weekend, despite some sicknesses amongst us, and just soaking in the opportunity to be together. Jamie is a woman whose friendship I am so blessed by, her relationship with God shining through in her love for all people, and her compassion and true joy. I was also so grateful to get to know Jay better, whose sense of humour and unwavering kindness and faith make him someone I feel as though I’ve known a long time.
These are the sweet weekends, days, moments that are so remembered and that so glorify God. They remind me of the importance of my work week, the importance of living each day for the glory of God, and the importance of being together in REST with friends.
As the work week continues, and today I spend some time with family and friends, as well as getting back into the work grind, I am refreshed and smacked “Gently” in the face by my God with the reality that life is so much better– only meaningful– when it’s lived with Him as my purpose, in His rightful, central position, in conversation with Him.

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We who had sweet fellowship together walked in the house of God in the throng.

"Starting with the Light:" My LoveIsMoving Article

"Starting with the Light:" My LoveIsMoving Article

Hi Friends! Today I am so excited to be sharing an article that I wrote for a beautiful magazine called LoveIsMoving. When the wonderful creator of this magazine, Conor Sweetman, asked me to write for his magazine, all he prompted me was to write about how […]