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The Journey Isn’t Linear: New Year Reflections

It’s New Year’s Day and social media is poppin with positivity. Grand claims about what people are leaving behind in the previous year and declarations of success flood my news feed. It’s exciting!

Still, for a few weeks I don’t know weather to feel empowered or disillusioned because….

by April, people are tired.


Thanksgiving, America’s Greatest Contradiction

This Thanksgiving has been different for me. For the first time I’m celebrating outside of the U.S.

Usually I’m at my family’s house grubbing on soul food. You know, the kind of rich food that gives you a small, but noticeable food baby. Then, we’ll go to look through the newspaper adds for the best deals and decide what stores, if any, to conquer the next day.

But this year I’m in Germany.

No one really celebrates Thanksgiving here.

No stuffing, no mac and cheese, no sweet potato pie or fried turkey.

BUT best believe Germans still celebrate Black Friday!

The holiday deals are still poppin.


My Guilty Pleasure

During my first year of grad school I found myself wanting to branch out from the usual Friday night activities, especially as the weather in Ann Arbor got cold. Don’t get me wrong, I love to Netflix and chill, hang with friends, dance and try new restaurants, but I felt the need to spice things up and take in the winter solitude in a way that didn’t feel as predictable. How did I spice things up you ask?!? I bought an adult coloring book lol. Yea yea, I know you are probably judging me for it. I mean, who buys a coloring book and calls it adding spice to their life?! For me, it’s all about the little things that add flavor to the mix of my every day life. Moments of quiet in a demanding week help to separate my mind from the daily grind.


“You are beautiful for you are fearfully and wonderfully made.” — Pslam 139:14