Self-Care

Moving Home: Keepsakes to Cherish; Provocative Joy

Moving Home: 4 (Cultural) Keepsakes to Treasure

I use affiliate links, which means I’ll earn some cash if you purchase from this link. I only link to products I love that I hope you find useful. This helps support my obsession with blogging and helping you live unconventionally. The one month countdown is in 3 days, and the time to set sail […] Read more…

Moving Home: Using a Capsule Wardrobe to Simplify

Last week was the first week of the “Moving Home” series because I’m hitting the road and heading back to the U.S. after 3 years on board a hospital ship. I’m sharing all the things I’m learning and doing in the midst of this transition. Keep an eye on my Facebook page where I’m consistently sharing […] Read more…

Why I Gave Up Coffee for Lent; how it made me thirsty for God; Provocative Joy

Why I Gave Up Coffee For Lent

Growing Up Christian I’ve been a Christian since I was a preteen. I’ve gone to Catholic school, Christian school and an all women’s school (oh wait… that’s different). I’ve been to retreats and revivals and conferences. I’ve led bible studies with Christians. I’ve looked into the eyes of someone who realizes suddenly that she needs […] Read more…

Quotes for abundant life; Provocative Joy; John 10:10

Quotes for Abundant Life

The past few months, I’ve been working through Tsh Oxenreider’s course, the Upstream Field Guide. It’s been slooooow going. This is mostly because I’m easily distracted, always looking for the next thing, and try to do everything at once. That’s why I’m still not done yet. A few weeks ago, I shared with you my […] Read more…

3 Role Models To Inspire My Career

#LoveBlog2017 Here’s my second contribution to this month-long blog challenge. If you already subscribe to the Provocative Joy newsletter, you know what I’m introducing! If you haven’t subscribed to my monthly update, you can find the sign-up box at the end of this post (it even counts as an entry in the giveaway). It’s where I […] Read more…

Managing My Depression; Provocative Joy; West Africa Benin; Life Overseas

5 Essentials: Managing My Depression Overseas

Third time’s a charm This third season with Mercy Ships is the best so far. Last year was the perfect storm as lots of factors combined to make a sucky year culminating with a season of depression that lasted too long. I entered this third season back in August optimistically because it could NOT get any worse. Things […] Read more…

Reinventing myself without disappointing myself

Reinventing Myself Without Failing

The letter I opened a letter that made me ask myself a hard question about goals for the future and the possibility of reinventing myself without being an utter failure at it. Snail mail is one of my love languages particularly while serving with Mercy Ships. “Out of sight, out of mind” holds some truth, […] Read more…

lent calendar journal resources

5 Tools for Lent: A Bittersweet Season

Ruben asked the same thing last year, “Isn’t Lent a Catholic thing?” It’s hard to welcome foreign ideas when you don’t understand them. I can’t say I understand all the historical background behind Lent and who started it and which religions observe it. What I do know is that it prepares us for the death […] Read more…

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