finding church.

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The south has never seen a shortage of churches, housed beneath steeples, lined with pews and patrons. Never being a religous woman, I've never been able to find peace under the roofs of these buildings. Church means something a bit different to me. Church, to me, can never be contained by four walls. Church is the woods, in the streams bringing life, in the moss lining rock faces. There is no better place that I have found.   My Church is the place that I can release my worries, my tension, my thoughts and dreams, to worship, the best place to feel the possibilities open to me. Church has and will forever be under a canopy of green, where critters run, and I can too, under … [Read more...]

how it began.

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 It began with a New Year's resolution, or a sort of New Year's Resolution, the first I ever kept. On January 1st 2012 I wrote my first blog post. The post was only a paragraph long but 4000+ followers and three years later it's easy to say it was one of the best decisions I ever made. It was the start, and an easy decision to renew the resolution every year since: "It’s the first of the year, 2012. My life has been filled with many ups and downs this past year. 2011 has been very much roller coaster ride. My new years resolution is one I’m determined to keep… To enjoy myself.  I’m astonished at the amount of resolutions I’ve made in my twenty four years on this beautiful earth that I’ve … [Read more...]

3 reasons why: i’m okay with people thinking i’m a failure

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And then I changed my mind, and that's okay too. Preface: I wrote Part I three weeks after I arrived in Asheville. Part II was written a month and half later. Part I About a month ago I packed all my belonging into a tiny trailer and picked up and left my hometown. I took three days to drive to my destination, my new home. Me and Momma road tripped, got lost in Amish Country, just got plain lost, ended up at a, shall we say, a less than pristine campground, and yet we made it. It was a ton of fun, the anticipation, the excitement, everything in my being told me this was the right move.  I arrived and had the weekend to show Momma around before I started my new job. I had an apartment … [Read more...]

it’s 2am and i can’t feel my arm.

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This has been pretty normal in my life lately, along with being woken up at all times of the night,  cleaning up accidents, and general mom duties. If you follow me on Instagram (if you don't, well you should: button to the right!) you've gotten a sneak preview of why. I work  at a Non-Profit Animal Shelter as the Volunteer and Event Coordinator. We take in cats and dogs from all over and adopt them out to good, fur-loving homes where they will be loved forever and ever. It's work that I'm really proud of. I told myself I was not going to adopt a dog even though every fiber of my being wanted to. I don't have a place of my own, it's practically having a child, early mornings are not my cup … [Read more...]

who’s umami?!

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you have to say it fast, and with some attitude. who's umami?! who's u mami?! who's your mommy?!? See, it's funny. I read a great article on NPR, you should check it out. It's all about some "philosopher" [this dude is getting air quotes because, seriously, lets stick to what we know, you "think", i'll "eat"]  who decided there were only 4 tastes. Salty [a personal favorite of mine], sweet [again delish], bitter [ehhh? I guess it has its place] and sour [sure, I'll take it]. Umami is this awesome relatively newly discovered taste, not to my mouth, but as a general knowledge type thing. I guess my best personal description is savory, meaty, or earthy [as I prefer to call it]. Yeah, I … [Read more...]