Beautiful Between

living fully in the now & not yet

How to make an amazing self-care kit for bad days

Tools, tips, and resources I use to get through my worst days It’s been a tough week. (You, too?) We’ve been pelted mercilessly by rain that brought dangerous flooding across Nashville. After a brief break and sunshine, the flat gray clouds have rolled back in. Loved ones have been buried under feet of snow across […]

Dear God, thanks for not forcing wholeness on me

Dear God, you’re not who I thought you were. You don’t want what I thought you wanted. You don’t treat me how I expect to be treated. Sometimes, I don’t know what to do with you. See, I spent years trying to be good enough, trying to be what you deserve. Shouldn’t a king have […]

Single? Why you shouldn’t wait to love your life

The truth is this: trading the expectation of settledness for singleness hurts. It just does. But pain is not the only truth.

This is what you need to do before heartache hits this year

Have you ever had a year go exactly as you planned? Or even as you hoped? Neither have I. We plan and prep and hope. And we’re working to become who we truly want to be. But we don’t foresee the drops on this wild roller coaster. The twists and turns aren’t quite what we expected, […]

This simple truth will make you who you want to be

Our shiny, new year tarnishes quickly, doesn’t it? The ball drop and midnight celebration seems so long ago now. By now, more than half of those who made New Year’s Resolutions have quit. There must be a secret that keeps the select few going. That’s why we’re spending the month looking at who we want […]

This is how to become who you want to be

Last week, we asked ourselves a big question: who do I want to be this time next year? It’s not what we’re used to, after years of asking what we want to or should do. But the answers come from deep within – they’re often more true, more beautiful, and even more interesting than any […]

This is the question you should be asking this year

woman journaling the question you should be asking

It’s January and, like clockwork, we start looking ahead. The New Year is just an arbitrary marker on the calendar, but it still holds this special power over us.  There are so many ways to change our lives, aren’t there? We can read more, lose weight, start a new hobby, or finally train for that […]

If you feel alone in the dark this Christmas, this is for you <3

Note: this article was originally written several years ago, before the pandemic and social distancing became necessities. While Christmas may feel very different this year for many of us, one thing that hasn’t changed is the invitation to slow down and experience Christ as Immanuel, God With Us. We might just need that now more […]

How to have the Christmas you really want

Everything is shimmering, red and gold. Stores are brimming with baubles that sing of the season, and it’s easy to get caught up in them. Still, the craving for new and pretty makes my heart feel weary and hollow. Is this the source of the Christmas magic? Is this the holiday I want? I want […]

This is what to do when the holidays are painful

It’s okay if you hate the holidays. I won’t tell you otherwise. It’s okay if you’re dreading time with family because of deep wounds or toxic relationships. It’s okay if you can’t bear the thought of not seeing the loved one you lost so recently. Or if your heart breaks as you realize another year […]