Transition is Tough

I write this blog post on the eve of so many transitions ahead. For the last year and almost a half, I lived in my mom’s house while my house has slowly been transformed. When I moved into her house two days before she ultimately passed, I had no idea about the transitions to come.Continue reading “Transition is Tough”

Honoring the Mess

I’m honored to be included on our church’s teaching team and I don’t take it lightly. So when I’m asked to teach to our church, I spend weeks agonizing over how to say things so that people of all walks of life can understand and apply it to their daily lives. Being in the worldContinue reading “Honoring the Mess”

Ask For Help For Goodness’ Sake

I had known that I was BRCA I positive for a little bit. The only reason I knew was that in order for my mom to receive a certain type of chemotherapy, she had to be tested for the gene mutation. When she tested positive for the gene mutation, our oncology team highly recommended thatContinue reading “Ask For Help For Goodness’ Sake”

Do You Fight Fair?

My undergraduate work was in Communication Studies and I would have probably thought that I communicate with others pretty well.  I was once sitting in a teaching on communication and after the professor asked a series of questions I definitely needed to re-evaluate that statement.  I consistently have to remind myself that “communication is transformational,Continue reading “Do You Fight Fair?”

Villager Spotlight: Loyal as the Day is Long

I was watching my college sorority sister, Shannon Morscheck, on her Instagram story. She was talking about how she has a deal with one of her girlfriends that they visit each other’s houses once a week and help with whatever hard chore the other is facing. This week, Shannon was struggling with weeding her gardenContinue reading “Villager Spotlight: Loyal as the Day is Long”

Are you making room for community?

About eight years ago I had left the church that I grew up in and ventured into a new church. Our church offered small groups, which was something new to me. My roommate and I were both looking for people that were like-minded, same age, and could build potential new friendships. So on a TuesdayContinue reading “Are you making room for community?”

What’s technology doing in your life?

The idea of technology and how it has become a way of coping for a large percentage of people plays out in highlighting some of the underneath issues such as comparison, loneliness, anxiety, and more.  Technology, specifically social media and apps, were deliberately created to get people to engage, click, spend time, and get aContinue reading “What’s technology doing in your life?”

Mr. or Mrs. Fix It

Has someone ever shared something with you and immediately you know what to do? Hmmm…me too. I spend hours during the week mentoring young adults and feel sometimes like a therapist. I’ve worked hard to earn the right to be heard in their lives, but sometimes I realize I like to be “heard” too much.Continue reading “Mr. or Mrs. Fix It”

5 Things My Horse Taught Me about Relationships

I started riding when I was eight years old. For all these years, my horse world has been my safe haven. It’s where I find joy, love, trust, and hope. In my professional career, I teach our volunteers how to build healthy foundational relationships with students. That is innate in me and in some recentContinue reading “5 Things My Horse Taught Me about Relationships”

Are You the Lone Ranger or the Lone Wolf?

Have you ever felt like you are the “lone ranger” of your group, your community, or your village? I can empathize. For years in my profession I was the lone ranger, literally the only one in a staff position in our community. Being in Reno, the closest other staff member was in the Tahoe vicinityContinue reading “Are You the Lone Ranger or the Lone Wolf?”