mental health & wellness

First-Week Fatigue

First week of school. First week of a new job. The first week of a new experience almost always, to some extent, overwhelms me.And I don't think I'm the only one who feels that way.Dr. Nancy Schlossberg, who specializes in the study of life transitions, says that "even with a desired change there is disruption in… Continue reading First-Week Fatigue

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)

church, personal

Adventures of an Adult Confirmand

I didn't exactly mean to ... but I think I'm getting confirmed at an Anglican church this spring. And that is one sentence I never expected to say. When my family's asked why I'm doing this, I've started comparing it to getting  a new pair of shoes. Sure, it fits imperfectly -- maybe even uncomfortably -- at… Continue reading Adventures of an Adult Confirmand