The Path of Ambition

Photo by Paula May on Unsplash A few weeks ago, my mom sent me a video of my 18-month-old nephew that struck a weird chord in me. Mom keeps him while my sister and her husband work, so it's not uncommon for me to get surprised with adorable pictures and videos throughout the day, but something about this…

Blissful Ignorance

This morning as I drove to work, I saw a pretty typical thing happen on 75: a big SUV swerved out of an exit lane and back onto the interstate only to swerve immediately back into the exit lane and... you know, exit. I wasn't the unfortunate soul directly behind this car, so I wasn't…

Right Now

I've been learning a lot as I've transitioned into [faux] adulthood over the last couple of years. One lesson in particular keeps showing up, reminding me that growing older is often just a matter of unlearning all the things you once knew to be true. The longer you've carried a belief, an idea, or an attitude,…

Small Town, USA: I Owe You An Apology

I never felt comfortable in my home town. It never quite felt like home. My skin would crawl when I had been there too long, and my heart seemed to ache for all the places I had never been... but never for home. As a teenager, I was terrified of getting trapped in my small…

I’m writing.

I don't really feel like writing, but here I am, and I'm writing. I haven't written in months, so I'll go ahead and apologize to my inner circle for having to listen to all the words that have been falling out of my mouth instead of making their way gracefully from my brain to my…

Genuine Generosity

I'd like to be the kind of person that gives without conditions, expectations, or ultimatums. I understand that the desire to give and the desire to receive are something of a package deal, but sometimes I find myself giving only in the hopes that I will get a return. I don't really think that's giving.…