The Struggles of Being a Perfectionist and Peacemaker

I was going to write in one of my journals about this topic, but I figured that I might as well post it here, just in case it might help any of you. I’m going to talk about the conflicts that go on in my brain between my perfectionist and peacemaker sides. How do I…

Lessons from the Barn, #2

If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that for the past month, I’ve been working on a ranch as barn staff. It’s been a great experience so far. I’ve learned more than I knew was possible to know about horses, people, and running a barn. I’ve also learned that there is a WHOLE…

Fight Fear With Action

I’ve wanted to drive the 680 miles to upstate New York for a year or two now. My family occasionally makes the trip, since most of our extended family that lives there. However, I’ve never driven that far without a parent (I’m nineteen, okay guys?!), and I’d never driven my ’98 rav4 that far either….

2: Meal Planning

I have one more week of planning, cooking, and eating my own meals (and my mom’s) before I move to the ranch. I’m using these next seven days to detox and reset my diet. The meal plan I created consists of plenty of healthy protein and fat, and it’s also low-carb. I’m also cutting chocolate…

1: Do You Take Time to Improve Yourself?

I haven’t been taking time to do the simple things in life, even as simple as doing my hair and as important as my morning devotions with God. I’ve been living for others recently, doing things to please other people, not doing what I want to become the person I want to be. And I’ve…

Why You Should Listen to Constructive Criticism

The other day I had a difficult conversation with one of the people I love and respect most – my dad. He had three things he thought I knew are a problem, and was just ignoring rather than fixing them – which is true. When I first wrote this article, I wanted to keep both…

How to Love Thoughtfully

It’s so easy to love the way we want to be loved, to give gifts we want to be given, to assume others have the same love languages we do. If someone has the same love-language you do, it’s easy to love them. However, showing love to people that have different love languages can be…

My Fear of Failure

I have a huge fear of failure. I talk a lot about getting outside your comfort zone and doing things that you want to do, even if they scare you. And I talk about that from a place of personal experience. Everything I’ve done even though I was afraid, I’ve never regretted. But I’m nowhere…

How to Stop Fear From Holding You Back

I am a huge fan of doing things that scare you. I’m not talking about stupid things like running in front of a moving car. I’m talking about your dreams and the things you REALLY want to do, but you’re scared that it won’t work out, that you won’t be good enough, that people won’t…