Why Small Talk Is Important

Why Small Talk Is Important

I’m not good at small talk. In fact, I think small talk is a huge hassle and a waste of time. And this reasoning solidifies that I’ve never been particularly good at small talk. I want to get to the nitty gritty. I want to know what makes you tick. Good or bad! I want to know why you think breaking up with God is a good idea. And this is my struggle with human interaction. This is my struggle when...
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The Search for Identity

The Search for Identity

For the world. For my friends. For this website. For my life. For anyone who’s ever searched for their identity. I’m not going to go on and on about how I’ve chosen that my identity is Christ (because I have). That’s new news every day (to me anyway). And it’s my favorite thing to remember on every good day, but especially the very-bad-no-good days. but This is my blogging story. If you’re not interested, make sure you enjoy the photos (I’ve chosen the...
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Tourist vs. Traveler

The words “tourist” and “traveler” are not interchangeable. If you travel or want to travel, you probably have an ideal plan of how you want to see your destination. Maybe an all-expenses-paid tour? A food-focused trip? A DIY meandering? Each word defines a certain way of traveling, and they’re not the same. A couple of weeks ago (on my most recent travel), I had just seated myself at the table for the evening’s fine dining experience after exchanging greetings with...
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Ivy’s Cayman Treats

The Grand Cayman Islands offer treats of all kinds whether the search is for a bank, a diamond, or a t-shirt. The sky was a blue that most only ever see on postcards, and the heat could have fried an egg on the sidewalk. Sweat hung along the my hairline. We cooled off at a sweet little creperie off Canama Bay for a bite to eat and some wifi, and then my sister and I wandered down the street in search...
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Support: Write a Letter

I know what it is to be far from home. I also know what it is to receive a letter in the mail, and I appreciate the time spent to write a letter and then send that letter. No matter whom it’s from, I’m excited. It has my name on it, and it was written for me. Instant happiness. There are so many ways in the world to encourage, but did you know that you can volunteer to adopt a...
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Partner in Crime: More Than One

There’s this theory going around that we need more than one person to satisfy our complex personalities and interests. Oh, wow. Hold up. Yes, I’m talking about community. We’ve depleted the ology of The One for romantic relationship (once you’ve found a life partner, you still need your girls and your guys), but let’s deplete the idea of The One Best Friend for our ideas on friendship, too. There is absolutely no way that only one person could be a...
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The Finnish Honesty

I spent 10 days in frigid Finland with a wonderful friend and her family. I’m not sure why she thought it would be a good idea to invite me to visit her in Finland after our first meeting being only a few days during the Vienna summer, but she did. I remember saying something like, “Are you sure? Because if you’re inviting me, I’m going to come.” “Great! Come!” There was no hesitation. If you know American culture like I...
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Long Distance Relationships: Care Packages

When life takes you far away from your loved one and you don’t know how to love them from afar, a touch of inspiration and a pinch of planning can still connect you. These packages may not work for you specifically, but I think that they can be a starting point as you create your own list of care packages. In planning these care packages, I had to ask myself a bunch of questions about my recipient’s likes and dislikes. How often...
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How Do You Lend A Hand?

Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for what we have in this present moment and maybe in the more selfish parts of our hearts, planning thankfulness for future things that we want. I like this holiday because even though it’s commercialized and lots of people are just writing out their Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping lists, there is a moment meant for being thankful between the turkey and pumpkin pie maybe. And so, I want to pose this question...
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Coming Back to Thankfulness

There’s an ice pack on my shoulder that I’ll soon switch out for a hot water bottle. That jump-twist-roll ended with a hard crunch on my right shoulder. I guess I’m not as invincible, nimble, or strong as I imagined.  Meanwhile, social media buzzes around the attacks on Paris and Beirut…on top of the crisis of the Syrian refugees. I guess they weren’t as invincible, nimble, or strong as they thought either. Of course, there is no true comparison between my...
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