Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder


Friendships at a distance

Now that I’m settling into my new life in Nashville, the move has officially stopped feeling like a vacation. Which means “homesickness” for my friends in LA is creeping in fast. This is not the first time I’ve moved away from my closest friends. Distance is something I’m used to – whether it was leaving IL for college in NY. Leaving NY for a new life in LA. Leaving LA for a year to work in London and then leaving my awesome friends there, I should be used to it by now. But it never gets easier. I will be the first to admit that I can be terrible about keeping in touch. Several of my relationships have suffered from this, but I chalk it up to life and growing apart. The people who have always meant the most to me are still in my life, and no matter how much time passes between visits, cards, or conversations, we can always pick up right where we left off. Continue reading…


WCW – Lola Gail

It’s Woman Crush Wednesday time!

Once upon a time I decided that I would post WCW and MCM posts about my friends. I did it once and then never wrote another one. You know, the way I’ve typically done a lot of things on this blog…

For the second ever Woman Crush Wednesday post, I want to talk about my friend Gail. My first friend in LA. Today? One of the best friends I’ve ever had.

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My Jesus Year Challenge

Day 12 – Love Your Life

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I was just scrolling through many many years of pictures in iPhoto, and it reminded me how many blessings I have (and have had) in my life. When it seems like the odds are stacked against me, it can be hard to really remember how great I’ve got it. No, I never forget how fortunate I am compared to millions of other people out there, even though I am guilty of taking things for granted. But to truly live every moment with gratitude; to feel it in my heart at all times instead of relying on that inner voice to remind me when things get crazy or stressful…that is sometimes easier said that done.

Practice gratitude. Practice loving your life until you don’t have to practice anymore…until that love is so much a part of you that you’re physically and mentally incapable of living any other way.