I’ve found that over the past year, I’ve been writing a lot about joy. I mean, I’m not writing a lot, but it seems like every time I’m inspired to pick up the pen (or rather, sit down at the keyboard) it’s because I’m feeling overwhelmed with joy. Yet, as I get ready to pen (type?) … More A Joy-Filled Philosophy
I wanted to title this blog post “The Silver Linings Playbook,” but as such a title would naturally make someone think of the movie, which has little to do with the content of this post, I settled on the title above. In my first blog post, I talked about happiness being found in routine and the little … More Where Happiness Hides
For the past two days, I’ve been helping my friend (and the person who is currently putting a roof over my head) in her Kindergarten classroom. It has caused a bit of an existential crisis in me as I’ve absolutely loved every second of it. I haven’t found it as frustrating, smelling or simplistic as I thought … More English Teacher. French Kindergarten.
“At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.” (My Antonia, Cather 26) I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote recently. Not because I have been reading My Antonia (I’ve never actually read the book, so get ready for me to take this quote way out of context) but because I’ve … More Something Great
I was praying in church today. I tend to pray whenever my mind is overwhelmed. Today, my mind was taken over by the various spinning plates I have been trying to balance in my life. Many of these plates have to do with the imminent yet nebulous future. My balancing act has led me to feel … More Joy vs. Fear: An Easter Reminder
If you read the title thinking that I had a bad weekend or that I had a weekend similar to the one described in R. Kelly’s “Ignition,” prepare to be disappointed.
It’s Thanksgiving here (and by the time you’re reading this, there!) so I wanted to give thanks.
Surprisingly enough (even to me!) I am not simply keeping to myself and those people who have been “assigned to me” if you will. I’ve actually made a couple of friends over the four days that I have been here.
Whenever you enter a new country, you’re bound to experience some major culture shocks, but there’s also a large amount of small details that differentiate the two cultures and serve as small–sometimes constant–reminders that you are not at home. I’ve been here for exactly 36 hours at the time of writing this, but I’ve already picked up on a … More It’s the Little Things
This place is, without a doubt, one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places I have ever been. It’s hard to take pictures that encapsulate all that is New Zealand, let alone try to put it into words. … More It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood