Opportunity, Trials
February 1, 2017

Pain, my constant companion, the darkness of my soul. Waves tossing and turning, crashing as they roll. Dark waters fail to fill the void, though they rush within. Chocking on the waters, yet I inhale again. A broken poem for a broken girl with brokenness inside. Though I’m drowning, I don’t fear the rising tide….

Faith, Power, Powerlessness, Peace, Stress
January 25, 2017

I seem to be talking about power a lot, first with vulnerability, now with powerlessness. You’ll have to forgive me for the lack of originality 😉 I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have a contradictory title. A few Sundays ago, my pastor said, “We should never feel more powerless than when we’re preaching…

January 18, 2017

I’ve found I can apply dating principles not only to my relationship with my boyfriend, but also my relationship with my family and friends. I recently mentioned the difficulty and necessity of being honest in dating relationships. Being completely truthful with someone is terrifying. I naturally want to please other people, and oftentimes, it seems…

January 11, 2017

“You haven’t practiced your speech. You didn’t spend time with your little sister today. You skipped your editing. You’re slacking in school—cutting Shakespeare assignments and often skipping science tests. Your friends do so much to support you and read your blog, but how often do you read anything they write? You’re never doing as much…

January 4, 2017

With permission of my friend, Madelyn Oney, I’ve been given the privilege to use her Instagram post on body image and beauty as today’s blog post. First of all, I have to applaud her courage and vulnerability in allowing me to repost this. I hope you girls find her example as inspiring as I did….

New Year's Resolutions God Faith
December 28, 2016

At the beginning of 2016, Get Closer to God was one of my many New Year’s Resolutions. It seems like if you can nurture a more intimate relationship with God, everything else will fall into place. “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” -Matthew…

School, Life Lessons, Algebra
December 7, 2016

My end-of-semester essay prompt read: How has studying math enabled you to consider choices and consequences more fully this semester? And I was like: Whaaaaattt? How on earth is math supposed to teach you about anything other than graphs, geometry, algebra, etc? Since when do life lessons fall under math lessons? Math isn’t a favorite subject…

God, Faith, Failure
November 16, 2016

Earlier this year, I attended a leadership school called TeenPact, where they teach teenagers about the government and politics. During the week you attend, you can run for senator or governor, have your own mini campaign, and if you’re elected, you give a speech at the end of the week. This past year, I was…

Writing Hannah Phelps
October 28, 2016

Today’s guest post is by Hannah, a fellow blogger and fantasy writer on Lands Uncharted. Hannah is an incredible, analytical, and passionate writer (I go to get for my plot problems and moral issues, as you’ll see below) as well as a loyal and reliable friend. She’s been through NaNoWriMo, which is how she started…

Despair God Encouragement
October 26, 2016

Writing is hard. There are so many days when despair claws at me, trying to drag my spirit down. As I write, I often think “Man, this is trash. I know people liked my writing before, but I’m probably losing my touch. Whenever I try to make something better, I always make it worse. This…