Come out of your shell

Come out of your shell

Being a painfully shy introvert has its bonuses. You get a lot of reading done. Sometimes, your quiet contemplativeness makes people think you’re mysterious and sexy. You never run out of themes for pity parties. But that’s about it. I’ve struggled with being shy most of my life. And did I mention that social awkwardness (read more…)

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Weekend links

How to tell someone’s age when all you know is her name :: FiveThirtyEight Study smarter, learn better: 8 tips from memory researchers :: Vox Busy NYC restaurant solves major mystery by reviewing old surveillance :: Craigslist (really) What I Instagrammed vs. what was really happening :: Bustle Many women are going with the gray, (read more…)

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More and better words for difficult kids

Who is the most difficult person in your life?” My pastor asked us to just be quiet for a minute and think about that. Sadly, I didn’t need the whole minute. Do you know who I thought of instantly? One of my own kids. Awful. Ok. Ok. In my defense it is summer. And this (read more…)

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The gray hair, it’s growing on me

I have been coloring my hair for about 16 years. The first five or so were purely for enjoyment, to experiment and play and give my first-born, youth-group-leader-self a space to be a bit rebellious. My favorite was fire-engine red, age 20. But when I saw the first signs of gray around 23, I obediently (read more…)

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#69: Preemptive Love

I was so honored to talk to my friends Jeremy and Jessica Courtney for this podcast episode. Along with their two young kiddos, they live and work in Iraq heading up Preemptive Love, an organization that wants to eradicate the backlog of Iraqi children waiting in line for lifesaving heart surgery in pursuit of peace (read more…)

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