esse quam videri

Here’s to chasing dreams, love, and a life full of laughter.
But most of all – here’s to being, rather than seeming to be.

i’m not sorry.

Life. It’s a funny thing, you know. We spend so much time trying to fit into the ‘perfect’ mold of who the rest of the world wants us to be. And yet, we’re damned if we do and we’re damned if we don’t. It’s like that old saying, “you could be the ripest, juiciest peachRead more

one (extra) day

Can you keep a secret y’all? Because I’ve got a big one. As traditional and old fashioned as I tend to be, there is something I can’t help but love and be so intrigued by about the unknown. Anything from astronomy to folk lore, “magic” and the paranormal to superstitions. One of my friends got aRead more

roots 

It’s a funny thing… You wake up one day and realize you’re there. The place you dreamed of, the place you worked your ass off to be, the place you never thought you’d reach. Yet, here you are. Maybe it hits you when you catch a glimpse of your reflection in the mirror and instead ofRead more

standing on the shoulders of giants

As I struggle to find the right words, you’ll have to excuse me. It’s been a long week year. 2015 came in a whirlwind, promising to be full of wonderful memories, abound with love, riddled with excitement, that it would be”the best year yet!” But then again, don’t they all? In the true fashion of life, whileRead more

closing the chapter

Barely eighteen years old, I was merely a child looking for a home. After four long days of bouncing and singing and phenomenal women with perfect hair – I found so much more than a home. When I opened my envelope to see the words, “It is my pleasure to inform you that you have beenRead more

kissing frogs

From the time a little girl is about five years old (and actively devouring every Disney fairytale she can get her little hands on), she starts thinking about her “Prince Charming”. In the age of innocence, imagination and dreams run wild. We dreamt of tall, dark, and handsome – riding in at sunset on a noble steed.Read more

41° 29′ N 80° 12′ W

I’ve shared before about my hometown, and how (metaphorically) scratching my number off the population sign changed my perspective of life in an itty-bitty farm town. It has been 1,190 days since I packed my entire life into the back of my dad’s pickup truck and took off for those big city lights. It took me overRead more

going unplugged

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m just as guilty of it as the next person. We’ll be out to dinner with a group of friends, and rather than talking to each other we’re buried in our cellphones – scrolling through Instagram or twitter, trying to stay connected. We’ll be at a concert or a sporting eventRead more

twenty-something

In a world of so many voices asking you what you’re doing with your life and “what is your plan?” I hope mine can rise above with a resounding “it’s okay if you don’t know.” We spend the first eighteen years of our lives in school, because that’s what we’re expected to do. Upon graduation manyRead more