Cozy Wintery Days

Yes, yes, I know that your social media feed is already filled with snow-day pictures from yesterday. Well, since I'm a Texan and I hardly see snow--especially thick snow like we had yesterday--I just had to join in. Because here's the thing--usually when Southerners say we are looking forward to enjoying a cozy, wintery day,... Continue Reading →

Turtles

These past few days, I have been reflecting on the past year and the upcoming year. How 2020 has been both good and bad, illuminating and uncertain. How 2021 is projected to be the year that saves us all--but how can an abstract concept like a year on a calendar save us from another abstract... Continue Reading →

Getting Through the Holidays

As I type this on a gray, gloomy Monday morning, I feel the need to share a word of encouragement with you. I'm not sure how you're handling life this morning. I'm not sure how you're planning to address the Thanksgiving week ahead of us--whether you plan to embrace it with enthusiasm and gratitude or... Continue Reading →

Dear Past Self,

You were so young. So innocent. And now, looking down upon you while walking memory lane, I can't resist this urge to mother you. To just walk up to you and give you a big hug and be ready to wipe the tears I know you won't cry because you don't cry. Unless you're alone... Continue Reading →

Roadblocks

Three red lights in a row, paced in the distance. One after the other, making the horizon seem too distant as I drive along this road, feeling dissonance between where I'm at and where I need to go. This is something I've always struggled with. Feeling the pent-up energy surge as my body surges forward... Continue Reading →

Dear Dragonfly

To the dragonfly that likes to fly around my car on the campus parking lot, I love how I have never seen you until this semester--my last semester at this university. I don't know where you come from, nor where you go. I don't know how many times you have peacefully, smoothly glided past my... Continue Reading →

Up

This picture was taken approximately a year ago, and the following piece was written shortly after. Gray clouds and rain were the ominous jewels in today's crown. From this morning until a few seconds before I took this picture, the skies cried. However, when I stepped up to the window--my small window from which I... Continue Reading →

Exodus Series: A Creative Break

I literally have no energy to write this. I am overwhelmed. I am frustrated. I am emotional. And even though I had planned to cover the next few chapters of Exodus by carefully drawing the images and meanings out of the text, I find myself not necessarily in the descriptive mood. I'm in a creative... Continue Reading →

Pocketed Moments

It's days like this that remind me to persevere whenever I reach a day that's cold and rainy. Because when I'm cold, wet, and miserable, I can look back on this sunshine-saturated moment and smile. I can find happiness in that one moment of misery knowing that I will rest again in this moment where... Continue Reading →

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