The Ultimate Recovery Playlist: Christian Music Version

Are you struggling to overcome an obstacle in your life? Something daunting? Something that—some days—feels impossible? Maybe that obstacle is an eating disorder or substance abuse. Maybe it's a health battle. Or even a relationship issue or financial struggle. Whatever your personal challenge, I created a playlist that might help. This playlist was inspired by …

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A Time for Every Season

Ecclesiastes 3:1 "For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven." (NLT) For three years, I had a season of solo travel. 2017, 2018, and 2019. The year before this season—2016—my life changed pretty dramatically. I recovered from a 10+ year battle with bulimia, broke up with my long-term boyfriend, and …

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Thoughts on Listening to Someone’s Story

Everybody has a story. A major part of my personal mission is to: Share my own story to point people toward God and hope. Encourage others to share their stories, too. We need to hear each other's stories, because stories say, "You're not alone. I've been there, too. I understand." That is powerful stuff. But, …

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My First Time as a Christian Women’s Conference Speaker: Sharing My Story

Have you ever shared your story? I've shared pieces of mine plenty of times on this blog, on Instagram, once on my friend Janice's podcast, and to individuals here and there—but never in front of a live audience. That is, until November 12, 2022 at the TELL Women's Conference in my hometown of Union City, …

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Losing Weight Will Not Make You Happy

The end. I'm kidding... about ending it there. NOT about the title. That is no joke. Losing weight truly will not make you happy—or even happier—in life. Trust me. No, I'm not a medical or mental health professional. No, I'm not discussing any potential benefits to your body's functionality. I speak purely from experience as …

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The Story of My Guardian Angels in Croatia

I'll never know for sure if they were angels. I'm talking about two men who seemingly came out of nowhere to help me with car trouble in Croatia. But, let's back up. My one night in Zagreb, Croatia This was November 2019. My last solo international trip. My longest solo international trip. After visiting five …

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Thoughts on Recovery

Recovery doesn't mean it stops being hard. Recovery is doing it anyway. Read that again. Now, maybe you're thinking, Oh, this doesn't apply to me. I'm not currently in recovery for anything. OR There's nothing I need to recover from. But, I challenge you to read on, because—even if that's true—I think you'll find some …

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What Does It Really Mean to Be a New Creation in Christ?

The older I get, the more I realize that the most quoted verses in the Bible don't tell the full message. Now, I don't mean the Bible is lacking whatsoever. What I mean is that those verses are part of a greater context that is sometimes missed. Or, at least, sometimes missed by ME. While …

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Angels Landing Hike in the Rain—And What It Taught Me

"...throw off everything that hinders..." (Hebrews 12:1) This was the lesson I learned after hiking Angels Landing in the rain. My experience hiking Angels Landing trail It was March 2020—early March, right before the world shut down. My friend Kara and I took a trip to Zion National Park with the goal of hiking Angels …

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