Lessons from Europe: Top 6 Moments

About a month ago I went on a trip to Spain and Italy with some of my best friends. I wanted to share with you 6 of the most meaningful moments and lessons I learned from my travels. 1. As a good friend of mine put it: “When the bass drops, thou must drop with…

Lessons from Europe: A Culture of Encounter

There I was, sporting the signs of a typical North American: Coffee in a to-go cup. Laptop open. Headphones plugged in, tuning out the rest of the world so I could focus on meeting tight deadlines. Game face on, I was implicitly communicating to everyone around me: “This woman means business. Do. Not. Interrupt.” But…

The Fruits of Singlehood

There’s a lot of emphasis on vocation as either ‘married life’ or ‘religious/consecrated life’, or an emphasis on vocation as being something off into the future — which it is. But our vocation is also active here and now, and the one vocation that all people are required to go through first is singlehood.  We tend to…

Do Your Challenges Propel You or Prevent You?

I wanted to share with you a letter written by Canadian national hero, Terry Fox, with the hopes of getting Adidas to sponsor his footwear for the Marathon of Hope.  If you’re not familiar with Terry Fox, he was a man who chose to raise funds for cancer research by running across the entire country…

Kintsugi Heart

Kintsugi (金継ぎ) is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery. Rather than gluing the pieces back together in a way that conceals the cracks, Kintsugi makes the cracks even more visible by filling them with lacquer resin mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. This results in a metallic design that runs across the surface of…

Don’t Let Fear of "Not Knowing" Stifle Your Growth

Being okay with “not knowing” has always been difficult for me, as it is for many. There’s just something uncomfortable about it. We fear taking risks because we can’t foresee the future. We want to be able to plan, to predict, to prepare, and to control. We want to be certain and we want to know….

Christmas: Joy in the Midst of Suffering

As much as we’d rather sweep things under the rug and hope the sparkle of sequinned dresses and Christmas lights can distract us, the Advent season does not make us immune to stress, pain, mourning, loneliness, illness, and suffering. Life does not suddenly stop throwing curveballs just because its Christmas. No, life keeps on rolling,…

Making Peace with the Ordinary Grind of Everyday Life

Sometimes we can grow frustrated with life, wishing we were somewhere else but feeling stuck in the same unglamorous grind of everyday life. Like plot points in a movie, we wish every moment could be jam-packed with excitement, that we could fast-forward and skip over the mundane, ordinary details of day-to-day living — things that seem so…

Dare to Be Different (Pt. 3): Unique by Necessity

Now I can’t pretend to be an X-Men expert, but I saw the most recent movie X-Men: Days of Future Past and loved it. Weirdly enough, I actually cried during that movie — more than I did with The Notebook. I cried because I was incredibly moved by its themes. In a strange way, I could relate to the…

Dare to be Different (Pt. 2): Burdens to Blessings

We humans are funny creatures. We know we should be seeing the glass as “half full” rather than “half empty,” but we still gravitate towards the latter. We focus on how far we still have to go rather than acknowledging how far we’ve come.  We count others’ blessings rather than seriously dwelling on our own….

Dare to Be Different (Pt. 1): Embrace Who You ARE

One of my biggest frustrations in life is being misunderstood — and surprisingly, it happens OFTEN. I’m not just talking about “misunderstanding” in the lighter sense (such as being unable to articulate myself clearly). I’m talking about being misunderstood in the deeper sense — with things related to the core of who I am and what…

Meaningful Encounters

I am often afraid of what I need the most. Intimacy is one of them. And I’m not just narrowly talking about ‘romantic’ intimacy. I’m talking about the kind of intimacy that all human beings need to function: a slightly higher degree of closeness, trust, and vulnerability with certain people.  While I’m definitely working on…