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…

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…

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.…