book reflections, emerging adulthood, work & vocation

Emerging Adulthood According to James Fowler: A Reflection on Calling

Last week: a blog inspired by pop music. This week: inspired by personality psychology. Yet, they both manage to address central concerns of emerging adulthood -- community and calling. When I recently read Becoming Adult, Becoming Christian by psychologist James W. Fowler, I think I was hoping for a how-to guide. But it's not. At all. Instead of… Continue reading Emerging Adulthood According to James Fowler: A Reflection on Calling

arts & creativity, community, emerging adulthood

Emerging Adulthood According to Paramore: A Reflection on Community

Ain't it fun living in the real world?When I first heard Paramore's recent hit "Ain't It Fun" come on the car radio, I turned up the volume, rolled down the window, and decided within 3 minutes that this was an apt anthem for emerging adulthood (the age range technically from about 18-25 that I write… Continue reading Emerging Adulthood According to Paramore: A Reflection on Community

emerging adulthood, spiritual

Making Tough Decisions (a.k.a. How A Raisin Box Changed My Life)

Parker Palmer famously wrote in Let Your Life Speak that “Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” I might also add that I must listen to my raisin box telling me what to do. Sound strange? I'll explain in a minute.… Continue reading Making Tough Decisions (a.k.a. How A Raisin Box Changed My Life)

emerging adulthood, spiritual

First Quarter Faith

Something unexpected happened today. I was deeply inspired...wait for it...by a football analogy Today at work some colleagues and I watched a video clip of a sermon called "Last Minute God." My colleagues, all at least 10-20 years older than myself, then described seasons of their lives when God had seemingly shown up at the… Continue reading First Quarter Faith

arts & creativity, emerging adulthood, spiritual

"This doesn’t last forever"

This video, posted on TWLOHA's tumblr today, struck me as an apt metaphor for college years:"This doesn't last forever," this coffee artist says, "and that's what makes it special."He claims that his only artistic medium is coffee art (no paint, pencil, clay) for 2 reasons:It's more about the process than the outcome.It's more about serving… Continue reading "This doesn’t last forever"