The Great Experiment: Post for The Rising

A couple months ago, I watched a documentary about the Tiny House movement.

It featured several people who are simplifying their lives by building tiny houses.  In addition the many advantages of living in a tiny house, such as designing your own space and avoiding a costly mortgage, one tiny house owner talks about “treating life as an experiment, rather than a series of dead-end decisions.”  When I heard that, something clicked for me.

Over the past few years, I have run into plenty of dead-ends.  Dead-end jobs, dead-end ambitions, dead-end relationships.  As hard as I’ve tried to make wise decisions, I keep coming back to “What did I do wrong?”  I assumed if I was really following “God’s will for my life”, it would be working out better.

But what if I wasn’t wrong?  What if I was supposed to try and fail?  Continue Reading

A Season of New

As a student, and now as a teacher, my schedule has always been dictated by the school year.  When I talk about “the beginning of the year”, I am usually not referring to January, but to September.  For as long as I can remember, fall has always been a season of beginnings.  In some ways, I’m thankful for this rhythm of beginnings and endings—starting everything over in September each year.  Since college graduation a few years ago, I haven’t had two Septembers that are the same.  Continue reading

Life Experiments: A Lifelong Commitment

This week, I would like to introduce you to Valerie Moreno, who regularly blogs at Nuance and Bubbles.  She enjoys writing about life and relationships, and she is graciously sharing her story this week about making a lifelong commitment.


 More than a ring, a life long commitment

Everyone loves a good love story. I remember the day my husband and I decided to post on social media that we were engaged, it felt like Facebook and Instagram were going to crash because of all the traffic and commotion it caused. I remember all the attention we got and the love that people expressed by supporting our union, wishing us well and spoiling us with gifts. If you haven’t experienced this do not despair; this post is not about that, you probably know someone around you that has.

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To be Heard

This week, I am participating in the #Fireworkpeople blog tour.

We all want to have a voice. We want people to listen to what we have to say and tell us our words are important.  As a result, we have a celebrity-obsessed culture that judges your value based on how many people listen.  No matter what you are actually saying, if you have millions of twitter followers, you must be important.  Continue reading

Life Experiments: Everything I Didn’t Know Before

So, I’m breaking the rules here.  But I’m taking this week to share my own Life Experiments story, or at least a part of it.  Hey, it’s my birthday (really, it is!) so I can do what I want.  We’ll continue with some more guest bloggers next week.


I should have known what I was getting into.  After all, you can’t possibly expect to travel to five different countries in Europe and then move to Latin America—all within a month and a half—without being changed. Continue reading