Synchronized Fireflies: Journey to Healing, Part 3

The rock we sat on seemed to grow harder and harder as the sky around us grew darker and darker. The air was damp from a summer misting earlier in the day. The forest was quiet except for the swiftly running creek and the beat of my anxious heart full of expectation and wonder.

Synchronized Fireflies: Journey to Healing, Part 2

With a deep breath and wide eyes, I pulled my car into the line of minivans and mid-sized sedans packed with coolers, hot dogs, and the laughter of happy vacation spirits caravanning into Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I look around my own car, feeling slightly out of place. Me in my compact car, water bottleContinue reading “Synchronized Fireflies: Journey to Healing, Part 2”

Synchronized Fireflies: Journey to Healing, Part 1

The day I left on my journey to North Carolina in 2010, my mother handed me a page torn from Guidepost Magazine. I kept it in the middle console of my little black car, folded neatly in half. The article stared up at me as I drove, and appeared in my dreams throughout my first week inContinue reading “Synchronized Fireflies: Journey to Healing, Part 1”

5 Steps to Spring Clean Your Mind

I am sitting at the bay window of my Philadelphia apartment, staring outside. The sky is grey. The trees are brown. The ground is white. At least it is for now, but spring is in the air, and with spring, comes transition. This is true, right? It seems as though the world comes back toContinue reading “5 Steps to Spring Clean Your Mind”

Inspiring People

There were six of us on that mountain top. Breathing hard in the frigid winter winds. Talking, joking, and laughing. I looked from face to face, and though I could not feel my nose or my fingers, my heart and soul were warm with love and appreciation. I met these people when I was broken, wide-eyed,Continue reading “Inspiring People”

Got the Winter Blues?

In 2013, I decided to out-wit Mother Nature. At the time, my job required me to spend every other week in the wilderness. The previous two winters, I lived outdoors. It’s a powerful experience, but I just didn’t want to do it anymore. So I took the winter off of work and sought a warmer climate. Australian summer.Continue reading “Got the Winter Blues?”

The First Step

I had a little black car then. It sat baking in the early summer heat as I said my final farewells. Goodbye to my family. Goodbye to the little town I never really fit in with. Goodbye to the memories both sweet and saddening. I put both hands on the steering wheel of that little blackContinue reading “The First Step”