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Don’t Fall for This Major Myth About Friendship

Until I went to college (hundreds of miles from home), I didn’t truly understand the reality of having friends for a season. But when I left my hometown and started meeting new people at college, I realized how difficult it was to maintain long-distance friendships with my friends back at home. My friends from home and I sometimes stayed in touch, but other friendships fell by the wayside. There were no “friend breakups” or anything dramatic like that. But I definitely had to come to terms with the idea that God sometimes brings people into our lives for a season—and when they leave (or we leave), that’s an opportunity to form friendships with new people instead of a reason to throw a pity party for every single friendship that ends.

What Happened When I Doubted God Would Do Far More Abundantly Beyond All I That Asked or Thought

Yes, from Day One, He had been walking with me through the book publication journey—from compiling my messy thoughts in a Word document that eventually turned into a manuscript to submitting book proposals and query letters to signing a book contract to preparing Real Recovery for publication to becoming an officially published author with reviews on Amazon and speaking opportunities in churches and schools. Somehow, though, none of that seemed to matter to me when I thought about the fact that I wasn’t speaking at national and international conferences…or writing for magazines with thousands of readers…or having book signings at every bookstore across the United States. The opportunities that God had provided thus far didn’t feel like enough. I didn’t feel like enough.

To the Girl Who Has a Hardcore Crush

Have you experienced that intense nervousness when you talk with the guy you’re crushing on? Then there's the sudden panic that sets in during the chat because you’re not sure how to respond to what he says. And then, of course, there's that delayed panic that you feel after the chat because you’re not sure how he felt about your conversation. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. This is the life of a girl who has a hardcore crush.

3 Characteristics of Meaningful Conversations

Perhaps I’m not very fond of surface-level conversations because, as an introvert, I appreciate connecting with friends on a deep level—like one-on-one meetings at cute coffee shops and after-church conversations that last until the pastor turns out the lights in the sanctuary. Although big gatherings can be intimidating to me, small gatherings are my happy place. I enjoy getting to know people better by asking good questions and by giving good answers to their questions. There are a few characteristics—encouraging, transparent, and Christ-centered—that I believe are essential for having meaningful conversations. Here’s why.

When Sparks Fly

For the 4th of July, I decided to write a romantic poem (ooh la la, right?) instead of writing about freedom or patriotism. While I definitely hope your day is patriotic and freedom-filled no matter what your relationship status is, this poem specifically goes out to my single ladies who are facing the holiday alone. Wave one of those sparklers for me and relish the fact that even if you feel alone, you're not alone. Happy Independence Day (ba-dum-ch!).

Dear Future Husband, I Want You to Lead

One character whom I’ve liked since Season 1 of Lost is Jack Shephard. Honestly, he’s not particularly attractive. He often looks dirty, grimy, and sweaty (which is purposeful, of course, but is still a turn-off). Still, he’s my favorite character on the show. Why? Because he’s unwaveringly strong.

A Better Approach to Nutrition: Interview with Brittany Braswell, RD

Friends, I'm very excited to share the first ever video interview on TTT! Brittany Braswell, whom I connected with through Wonderfully Made, shares her thoughts about eating disorders, body image, and nutrition from the perspective of a Christian Registered Dietician. If you resonate with what she says, head over to her website linked here!

Real Recovery on the UncommonTEEN Podcast

Hi, friends! For today's post, I'm actually going to share a podcast link with you from UncommonTEEN, which is a ministry led by Jamie Kirschner that's dedicated to helping young women thrive in their God-given identity. I was recently on the UncommonTEEN podcast to talk about Real Recovery: What Eating Disorder Recovery Actually Looks Like and to share some of my story about anorexia and recovery. This was the first podcast I'd ever been on, so shout out to Jamie for taking a chance on me! I so appreciate her kindness and support of Real Recovery! I also appreciate her mission to help teen girls grow in Christ! To listen to Jamie's interview with me, head over to the UncommonTEEN podcast!

Why I Don’t Like “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes

Y’all have heard me talk about Shawn Mendes’ music once before, and I couldn’t help but address another one of his hit singles, “Treat You Better.” This song is a little dated, but it’s still playing on the radio all the time. And honestly, it’s a goldmine for me—full of zingers that I could share with you. But I’ll try to keep my sass to a minimum. Get ready to hate Shawn Mendes’ guts. (Just kidding—that’s a joke. I’m not encouraging you hate him—just to evaluate his music with fresh eyes!)

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