Writing Hiatus: Over

I woke up this morning and decided my hiatus from writing needs to end. There’s nothing better than putting my thoughts into coherent words and sentences, but I feel like the stress of this year has hindered this process. Plus, when you have a million pages to read about psychotherapy, and a million of pages to write about psychotherapy, publishing a […]

My Summer in the South: Sweat and Strength.

  “He gives power to the weak     and strength to the powerless.” – Isaiah 40:29 (NLT) As a poor grad student living in one of the most expensive cities in the United States, I don’t have the privilege of belonging to a gym. There are more important things I spend my money on…like rent and groceries. Being […]

Year One: This Work is F***ing Hard.

***CAUTION! Strong language is used in this post.*** Yesterday brought the completion of my first year of graduate school at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, and let me tell you this… This work is fucking hard. I’m not talking about the papers that were written or the projects that were presented to classrooms full of bored-out-of-their-mind faces. […]

A Lost Relationship and Grief.

  “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 I let go of many things moving to Seattle almost a year ago. I said, “Goodbye,” to many friendships, severing ties with some people, fully knowing I would never see many of them again. I maintained the important relationships […]

Knowing the Heart.

“Take delight in the Lord,     and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:4 (NIV) It’s Friday night and like any good grad student, I’m avoiding my homework and procrastinating on the heaping amounts of reading I have to do before Monday. Instead, I’m listening to Miles Davis. “It Never Entered My […]

Tales of a Smother.

In the darkness I will meet my creators. They will all agree, I’m a suffocator. — “Smother” by Daughter If you know me at all, you know I love using metaphors. Metaphorizing my experience helps me wrap my brain around and name what’s happening in the chaos inside me. Recently, I was talking with a friend about naming […]

An Invitation into the Wilderness.

This post was originally written for my graduate school, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, about being in the wilderness. It was a blessing to write and an honor to receive some of the feedback from readers, so I decided to post it here as well. To read the original post, click here. Over the […]

Shame and Grief.

I find myself staring down the barrel of a loaded gun. I’ve spent my whole adult life distracting myself from the grief I feel over a part of me that I have never allowed myself to fully name or know. Whenever I began to put words around this desire — to name this bit of me that has been repressed and […]

Giving Glory.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16 (ESV) I’ve been on Christmas Break for the past two weeks, which has given me a lot of time to sit around and process my first […]

6 Months Ago…

I’ve kept a prayer journal since high school, which means I’ve been able to chronicle the past 10+ years in writing. I’ve done a pretty good job at documenting everything, too. From break-ups and disappointments, new jobs and resignations, moves, lament, and praises, I’ve covered it all. Praying/writing about the heartbreak, the loss, and the joy throughout my days and weeks […]