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Why I’m Not a Swiftie

I’ve heard more about Taylor Swift in the last six months than I have at any other point in my life—tickets on the black market, trips centered around her concerts, and conversations that make her sound like she's practically the next Queen of England. But why is the world suddenly so obsessed with this artist? And why are we—specifically, why are Christians—investing so much of our time and money in an artist who’s living in darkness and proud of it?

2 More Things Not to Do When You Have Doubts About Your Faith

Today’s post is a continuation of last week’s post where I shared two things not to do when you have doubts about your faith. Those two things—which I learned through personal experience—are (1) isolating and (2) pretending that you’re not struggling. But there are a couple other lessons I learned from my struggle with doubt, and as promised, I’ve included them below. These are two more things not to do when you have doubts about your faith.

3 Ways for the Single Girl to Love Her Engaged Friends Well

When my friend Melanie* got engaged to Josh*, I was happy for them because they were so perfect for each other. Even while they were dating, they were a power couple. I knew that their relationship would become even stronger once they got married. However, even though I absolutely love Melanie and was really excited about her wedding, her engagement wasn’t easy for me. Sometimes, I simply felt discouraged and hopeless, rather than celebratory. Single Girl, if you have a friend who’s engaged, please don’t despair. Instead, make the conscious choice to love her well throughout this special season of her life. Here are three ways to do that.

The Hard Truth About Body Image

Oh, how I hate looking in the mirror. I hate being around skinny girls. I hate going clothes shopping. And I hate stepping on the scale. Why? Because I don't like my body. Honestly, I haven't for a very long time. Nothing is wrong with it—it works perfectly fine and is completely healthy. Yet it's still so hard to accept the body I have. But isn't that just part of womanhood?

3 Things to Remember When Life Disappoints You

Recently, I’ve been reminded how much disappointment stings. Unfortunately, no matter how hard I try, I can’t prevent disappointments from happening. However, the lessons that I’ve been learning through this recent disappointment in my life will hopefully encourage you as you navigate disappointment in your own life. Here are a few things to remember when life disappoints you.

2 Things That Every College Senior Needs to Know Before Graduation

When my senior year of college came, I was determined to line up a good job for after graduation. I didn’t want to be unemployed for a second after I walked across the stage and received my diploma on graduation day. Ironically, (1) I didn’t end up starting my first post-college job until two months after graduation and (2) my first job after graduation was the worst job that I’ve ever had (with the exception of my brief employment at Panera Bread during high school). But I honestly needed both of those challenges in my life to help me truly transition to adulthood. I don’t know what your major is or what kind of job you’d like to have after graduation, but here are a couple things that you should know, regardless of your major or job aspirations.

Dear Single Girl, Find a Church That Fits You (and Get Involved)

Dear Single Girl, I know that being single can make you feel like you’re living on an island sometimes—like there’s no one who really “gets” you except for your cat and your Spotify playlist. You have to push yourself to do any social activities because all you really want to do is stay at home. But constantly staying at home is a really lonely existence—especially for a single girl. That’s why it’s so important to find a church that fits you and to get involved in it.

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