Identity: Who I Am

Knowing who you are is so important in healing from anything. Our sense of identity is where we live from. For a long time I didn’t know who I was; my identity was shaped by my wounds, lies I had believed, and labels that weren’t me rather than the reality of my true identity. I…

Medical Marijuana, Mental Illness & Chronic Migraine: Why I Speak Up

 I talk about medical marijuana, mental illness, and migraines because they matter, and we do ourselves a disservice by not talking about it and keeping it taboo. Excuses, laziness, and plenty of other stigmas are abundantly associated with all three. Mental illness is largely misunderstood both by our culture and in the church, and it…

Farewell 2017, Hello 2018

Hello again and Happy New Year! This year seemed to fly by and I can’t believe we’re already in 2018. Cody and I had our second Christmas together and enjoyed our favorite holiday traditions of watching A Charlie Brown Christmas and driving around to see all the lights. We had Christmas dinner with some friends from…

More Carrots, Less Chemicals

Hello friends! My semester is finished and Christmas is just over a week away, can you believe it? I’ve never been much into the holiday season, but this year I’m changing gears and trying to focus on the simple good news of the gospel and what that actually means to me in my life. I’m thankful…

Just A Weekly Update

Hello friends! This past week has been well, a week. Some mentionable highlights include stuffed bell peppers, veggie protein patties, meatless meatloaf, crockpot squash spaghetti, getting our Christmas tree, taking some steps towards progress with our finances, sticking to good habits slightly better, investing in friendships more intentionally, changing birth control methods to see if…

A Simple Thanksgiving

Happy Friday folks! Yesterday was Thanksgiving, and I hope all of you were surrounded by good company and delicious food. My husband and I both had the day off and weren’t feeling great so we took a drive and did a small Thanksgiving dinner together; it was simple but just what we needed. We’ve all…

A Note On Moving to a Plant-Based Diet

I’ve always loved food. Pastas, meats, breads, and strangely enough vegetables have always been some of my favorites. Growing up I ate a lot of standard American stuff; my dad and stepmom took us out to eat a lot and occasionally cooked your common staple meals while my mom and stepdad cooked a lot of…

A Plantiful Shepard’s Pie

Happy Sunday friends! Today I made a sweet potato lentil vegetable shepard’s pie for our church Thanksgiving dinner. I’m going to be honest, this is the first time I’ve tried making a hearty plant-based potluck dish and I was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out (even my meat-lovin’ husband thought so (; ) But…

My Story

I’ve been on a healthier route recently and I have a hard time keeping up with my own ambitious efforts because I’m human and change is hard. I started taking a step back and noticed how quick and easy it was to slip into my old habits and ways of doing things. I realized that…