22 June 2018

Where I Am & Where I've Come From

Today is an odd day.

June 22, 2012 was the day I got married. 

It feels weird to look back on a day that I thought would have been one of the happiest days of my life, is now just another day. 

The first year after my divorce I was a hot mess, but know I can look back on June 22 with peace and realization that it was not all that I thought it would be. And that is okay.

I often say I never would have imagined all that happened over these last six years, but I am so grateful for all that God has taught me about myself through it.

So this June 22, is just another Friday in June.

I am really excited for summer and have had some fun things going on the last few months.

The first weekend in May I went to Holland, Michigan for the Annual Tulip Festival. It was SO much fun and apparently the last time I went I was only two years old. 

There was a cute little parade through downtown Holland and I got to tour the oldest working windmill in the United States which was originally from Holland. Did I mention soaking up the beautiful scents of fresh tulips? #bestillmyheart.

In May, my mom and sister and I had a good ol' fashioned slumber party to watch the Royal Wedding. We were up at 4am and drinking both mimosas and coffee by 4:30. It was so much fun. I was quite pleased I went home with leftover scones and champagne.

I am starting to train for my second marathon on October 21 in Detroit. I have had two injuries which have slowed me down and thrown me off a bit. But I am coming back and my shin splints are healing well. #praisehands

Deep down, I dream of qualifying for the Boston Marathon someday. I am nowhere near that yet, and I just want to finish with a slightly quicker time this year. 

I was on the Fountains of Carrots podcast talking about divorce and annulment and in August I am so excited to on The Catholic Feminist.

I have had a few graduation parties for several of the teens in youth ministry from the church I used to work at. It has been so fun to celebrate them and catch up on all the wonderful things in their lives.

One of my dearest friends Lauren is getting married in August and her bachelorette festivities were in June. Lauren helped me for several years in youth ministry and we went to World Youth Day together in Poland. I am so excited to be a bridesmaid and celebrate her wedding on August 4th. :)

Love this girl.

What are your fun, exciting plans over the summer?!

I'll be working on writing project. In July, I am going to Chicago and am excited to see my uncle, aunt, and little cousin.

I hope you have some fun things to look forward to over summer.

Happy Friday, friends! :)

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06 June 2018

The Man You Love is Addicted to Porn. Now What?

The effects of living in a highly sexualized culture continue to have devastating effects on both men, women, and our relationships.

When this painful reality was what I faced in my marriage, I was so frustrated initially because I did not know where to find help or get good resources.

I am writing over at FemCatholic today sharing resources to encourage and empower women who find themselves in these situations.

Even if this is not your reality, I would encourage to read and learn more because it is highly likely you know someone whose life or relationships have been impacted by this.


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25 May 2018

Podcasts I'm Loving These Days - Newbies and Oldies

I love me some podcasts. 
Like a lot.

I feel like I am constantly editing what I subscribe to and am always on the hunt for new ideas.

So here is just a sampling of what is new that I am enjoying (plus a couple favorites I cannot seem to do without!)

For The Love with Jen Hatmaker  I have seen this one recommended in a few Facebook groups I am in right now. Jen does a 4 guest series rotation on a different topic. She has a variety of guests and discussions on everything from race, culture/spirituality, creative entrepreneurs, speakers, writers, etc. This is one I enjoy having in the background while I am making dinner or getting ready for work in the morning.

The Gathering Place  A brand-new podcast put on by Blessed is She. This has such a cozy, homey feel for me. It is only about 30 minutes, but it feels deep and leaves me thinking about the topic without dragging on too long. I love the conversational style and flow, and Jenna and Beth (the co-hosts!) have a different guest on each time to talk on a topic together.

What Should I Read Next? Okay, confession time. I listened to a few episodes of this when it first came out, but I didn't love it. Sorry Anne. BUT, about month ago I gave it another try and this time I am hooked. What I love most?

The crazy, good book recommendations I get and such a wide variety! I lvoe Anne's blog and giving this podcast another try was a good call for me, not to mention my read list continues to grow and grow.

Abiding Together This is a new-ish one to me. I actually heard about the first time from Debbie Herbeck last Fall when she and a team of young adults led the Confirmation retreat at the parish I used to work at. 

Led by three women (two married and 1 religious sister), I like the conversational style of this one as well. My favorite episodes so far have been the book study they did over Lent on Henri Nouwen's Life of the Beloved

Here are two of my favorite oldies:

Up First This one is my companion as I stumble into my kitchen each morning, ground my coffee beans, and get my French Press moving and grooving. Usually around 10 or 12 minutes, it gives a brief recap of the last 24 hours of world news.

Since I do not have a TV (I actually love not having one!), this is a simple way for me to be aware of what the heck is going on in the world these days.

On Being THIS is the podcast I tell everyone and their brother about. I love it. Krista Tippett is the host and has a wide variety of guests and conversations: religion, science, art, creative dreamers and doers, poets, movers and shakers of culture, etc.
This one always leaves me thinking and helps broaden my perspective of people and the world.

What are your favorite newbie or oldie podcasts?

Listening to anything particular good these days?

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