Beautiful Between

living fully in the now & not yet

How to live a richly beautiful life: 3 simple ingredients

There’s a painful space between what is and what should be, between hope’s conception and fulfillment. We live in this gap with the tension of unfulfilled dreams. The heartache of loss. The sickness of deferred hope. Life isn’t quite what we expected. We’re longing for wholeness or relationships or children, mending grief or marking time in kitchens and cubicles. Amidst soul […]

This is how to find the sense of purpose you’re missing

This newlywed season is strange and lovely, the end and birth of two lives at once. I hoped and prayed for years to be here. Now, I wouldn’t change it for the world. But there are some things that surprise me about this season, longings unexpected sprouting up. Huge life changes breed questions of near-existential […]

The secret behind my blog

Some of you have asked about writing and how my little blog came to be. The short answer is this: I took a free webinar a few months back with a guy named Jeff Goins that jumpstarted this whole thing. He’s offering that it again tomorrow (Thursday, April 6) at 11AM CDT. If that sounds interesting, […]

Free Coffee Giveaway!

Simple Joy Coffee

This is day 5 of a 7-Day Blogging Challenge hosted by Jeff Goins, and this is my FAVORITE challenge yet! I’m doing a GIVEAWAY! You know I love coffee and giving gifts. Details at the end! There are a lot of incredible coffee shops in Nashville, but The Well is my favorite. I fell in […]

The Ugly Truth About Influence

They told us be strong, be put-together. They told us stand in the place of strength. It’s in the mythology of leaders, of politicians and public figures, and sometimes even in the church. Influencers are sturdy oaks, unbending: refuge in their strength. But these unyielding oaks, these sturdy-and-strong are not the ones who will positively […]

How to (Really) Help Hurting Friends: The Art of Not Fixing

Hurting Friends San Francisco Bay

Her face is wet with tears, her trembling hands twisting and untwisting a tissue. Her words are grief and sorrow and fear. My heart cracks in me, full of my friend’s choking hurt. And I can’t fix it. I can’t fix it for any of my hurting friends. These weeks between winter and spring have been […]

The Surprising Truth About Eating Disorders

tangerines

Note: Many of you know I work in a residential treatment center for young women, including those who have eating disorders. Since this is National Eating Disorder Awareness week, I thought I’d share a bit of what I’ve learned about this important topic. It’s a rough morning, the end of 64 hours on the clock, […]

How To Pick a Fight With Fear and Chase Your Dreams

fear train station

This is the Part Where I Quit Fear tries to bully me into silence. Shame swears I’m not qualified. Insecurity sneers that I’ve got nothing worth saying. So this is the part where I quit. Unless it isn’t. My heart aches to make beauty, to change things. But these voices roll around the corners of […]

Want to Change the World? A Letter to Friends on Mission

Nicaragua mission trip

You’re headed out to change the world. Maybe it’s your first mission trip; maybe it’s your fiftieth. Either way, anything seems possible, like a window to change is wide open. But as you go, remember this: changing the world doesn’t happen the way you think. Your leaders prepared you well: immunizations, messages, packing lists, prayer. […]

Single? Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Love Your Life

Sunset with silhouette of single woman

My feeds are flooded with highlight reels, page after page. Lives seem glorious: over-the-top proposals, idyllic wedding days, sweet moments with spouses, a mom hashtagging gratitude for the way a tiny head fits on her shoulder.  It’s hard, this quiet honesty that wells up in my single heart: I want that. Why not now? Why […]