My life is never going to be “normal.” I’ve known this for a while. Writing that statement isn’t hard, but accepting everything implicated in it is a lot more complicated. I never really wanted a “normal” life (whatever that even means). I grew up in an alternative, intentional, heart-following family, and always imagined myself following … Continue reading Acceptance (Part 1)
This year has been intensely challenging so far. I always believed the grief over becoming chronically ill/disabled would slowly lessen over time, that I would learn to live with it, and learn to find new sources of joy, connection, and purpose within my physical and mental limitations. These things may still happen eventually, I am … Continue reading Some Honesty and a Poem
This March, I celebrated Women’s History Month by learning a bit more about women in history whose stories I wasn’t exposed to very much in school. Growing up, I felt like I couldn't find enough stories in history about women that I could identify with, but in my late teens I realized that as hard … Continue reading Women’s History Month Mini-Guide
(Some Thoughts on Supporting Loved Ones Through Hard Things) When I was diagnosed with chronic illness at 22, I soon realized that most people had no idea what to do with the fact that I was sick. People wanted to help, people wanted to show up for me, people cared, but most of them didn’t … Continue reading What Chronic Illness has Taught Me About Showing Up
After being asked if the Immigration Justice Resource Guide is "for Christians" by several people over the past few months, I've put together an addendum guide that I hope will help Christians who are curious or overwhelmed by the news cycle engage in cultivating a faith-based rationale for immigration justice. The table of contents and … Continue reading Christian Immigration Resources
Last week I celebrated my 25th birthday. I had a lovely day with a few of my favorite people, but, despite my best efforts to cling to those good feelings, I fell into a bit of an emotional slump the rest of the week. Since becoming disabled milestones like graduations and big birthdays have usually … Continue reading Celebrating 25 Years With Myself!
A few months ago I decided to delete Facebook off of my phone. In the days leading up to this decision, both my then-therapist and one of my parents had asked about the frequency of my social media usage and its effect on my emotions and mental energy. I have also been aware for a … Continue reading Social Media, Chronic Illness, and Isolation