Health, Life

Why I’m Eating a Vegan Diet

For the past year, I’ve been working on losing the 25lbs I put on after my wedding. Yes, you read that right: 25lbs on my already chubby frame. On January 1, 2017, I was the heaviest I have ever been in my life. I liked to fake affection and refer to it as my “happy weight”: I married the guy I’ve had a crush on since I was 5, we both have good, stable jobs, and we’re saving for a house. It’s easy to joke and talk about how happy we are, but when I’m truly honest, I know it wasn’t happiness that started my downward spiral.

A month after our wedding in 2015, my husband and I were visiting London for an international congress that our church organization was hosting. There were members from all over the world, and it was truly an amazing time of sight-seeing, meeting fellow believers from around the world, and experiencing the meetings.

After my husband left London to go back to our home in Brooklyn and his job, I was headed to a friend’s wedding in Northern Ireland. I was sitting in a hotel room the day before my flight when my husband texted me.

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Life, Spiritual Walk

What I Want to Say to My 20-Year-Old Self

Dear Friend,

Last weekend, I was at a Territorial conference for young adults with my department. Among some seriously busy days of setting up and running around, I had the opportunity to work with a woman from another department in the creation of a “Words of Wisdom” video to play at the closing meeting. Basically, the idea was that we would invite most of the special guests to come over and talk to us, and answer our question: “If you could speak to your 20-year-old self today, what would you tell him/her? What advice would you give.”

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Life, Writing

Happy Birthday to Me!

Dear Friend,

I feel like it has been forever since I’ve been able to sit down to write. In reality, it’s only been 2 weeks, but these weeks have flown by. All I can say is that the huge event at work that our department has spent over a year planning was this past weekend. It was intense–every day felt like 2 or 3 days smashed together, with only a few hours of sleep between them. But I am finally home, have had a couple days to rest, and had a lovely celebration of my birthday.

As I turn 25 years old today, I’m feeling a bit introspective about my life. Honestly, I’ve spent a few days feeling this way and thinking about how my life has changed in only a few years. Five years ago when I entered my 20’s, I was a senior in college, dating my now-husband for a little over a year, and I had no idea of where my life would lead. Honestly, it’s a testament to God’s faithfulness that I am where I am today with a loving husband and a job that I enjoy.

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Life, Spiritual Walk

Be a Mentor

Dear Friend,

Recently I was given the opportunity to sign up for a mentoring program in my local school district. The Superintendant asked all the churches in the area to supply mentors for all 250+ incoming Freshman to the high school.

You see, where I live is on the edge of a very poor school district, where the graduation rate in 2014 was only 60%. The community wants to change that, in part by supplying a support group to these teens, especially in situations where they don’t have one.

When I first learned about the program, I felt a tugging on my heart and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Not for me, certainly not, but because I know what it’s like to feel like you don’t have anyone to talk to.

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