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

date a girl who reads

I’ve talked a lot about love recently – just call me Carrie Bradshaw-in-training (and blame my sentimental nature on the holiday season). But the one thing that my old soul has picked up on as I reflect on modern relationships is the fact that when it comes to finding someone to “do life” with, many guysRead 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

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

the sun shines bright

I came to you a barely eighteen, bright-eyed dreamer, determined to change the world. How little did I ever expect that the true change would come to me instead? To me you were an escape from the microscope of a small town, the first page of a new chapter in my life. You were a sparklingRead more

pop, fizz, clink!

21 days, less than 0.3% of my life, is all that stands between me and my 21st birthday. I’m still not sure that it has really hit me yet, I feel like it was yesterday that I was turning 16 and going to the DMV to take my driver’s test. I constantly find myself wonderingRead more