What kneeling on a department store floor taught me about gratitude

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail As regular readers know, I am a gratitude ignoramus. This concept that flows so easily through the lives of others never fails to leave me confounded; I stand around scratching my head and analyzing what it means to count your blessings, while other people are actually counting their blessings. Ann Voskamp (whose blog I’m pretty… [Continue Reading]

A Hallmark card for God


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail It was Yaya‘s birthday a couple of weeks ago, and when the time came to write up a card, I froze. How could I possibly express my appreciation for all that she does for us? This was when I was bad-busy, when I’d gotten myself in over my head with so many commitments that… [Continue Reading]

What a spiritual director and an MBA taught me about being overwhelmed


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I have a personality type that leads me to feel overwhelmed a lot. I’m ambitious but lazy; I have a latent perfectionist streak that comes out at unexpected times; I’m an Olympian procrastinator; and I’m so non-confrontational that I often find myself saying “Yes, I’d love to help with that” when what I should… [Continue Reading]

The week in pictures

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Who’s up for a photo post? I actually did things this week outside the three-foot radius that surrounds my couch, so I thought I’d share photographic evidence. On Wednesday I went to my first Theology on Tap get-together. I love the concept for this group: they host informal gatherings to chat about Catholic philosophy over drinks. The casual… [Continue Reading]

Prayer: Because sometimes you need to be dog-whispered


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Back when we had cable, I used to be a big fan of the Dog Whisperer show. I don’t even have a dog, but it was fascinating to see how Cesar Millan could take all these bad dogs and turn them into happy, obedient pets. One of his most common techniques is to pinch… [Continue Reading]

How I pray when I don’t have time to pray

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail There’s nothing like daily prayer time. Over and over again, I’ve found that when I make the necessary sacrifices to structure my schedule around prayer (instead of vice versa), my small efforts are repaid tenfold by the tremendous graces I receive. But I can’t always get there. I usually blame it on not having… [Continue Reading]

Living an awesome story


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A good nickname for me would be “Inertia,” because, like the dictionary definition of the word, I tend to “exist in a state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force.” If my choice is accepting an invitation to go to an interesting social… [Continue Reading]

How to keep the internet from driving you crazy

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail There’s been a fair amount of smack directed my way on the ol’ internet lately. For those of you who haven’t been following the fun over at my Register blog, there was was this, then this, and this, and this, and this. I could list a bunch more examples, but you get the idea…. [Continue Reading]

6 Questions My Spiritual Director Would Ask

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘ve mentioned a few times that I had an amazing spiritual director named Christie. Unfortunately, she’s gotten busy with other commitments and I haven’t been able to meet with her lately, so I’ve been without a spiritual director for a while now. I hope to find a new person soon, but in the meantime… [Continue Reading]

4 Steps for Starting Your Day the Right Way

Smashing an Alarm Clock

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail You know what should be against the law? Having to deal with insomnia while you have a newborn. Last night I woke to feed the baby around 3:30 AM, and she went right back to sleep. I, however, did not. I would describe what went through my head as I lay awake glaring at… [Continue Reading]