Books/Entertainment, Life

The Tale of A Good Book

This past weekend, I got lost in a good book. And it was like coming home to a long-lost friend.

The past 4-5 months prior to this weekend, I hadn’t so much as touched anything but my Bible. Now, reading that is always a noble pursuit, but I used to love getting lost in a book. I can still remember the hours as a pre-teen and teen when I would lay in my bed and devour a whole series in as little time as a few days. I remember countless nights where I would stay up until 2 or 3am, hiding out in the bathroom or under the covers, trying to just finish one more chapter. I wouldn’t be able to keep my eyes open for one more second, but I would push my way through just to find out what would happen next.

It was those nights, those stories, that inspired me to be a writer, get my degree in creative writing, and put the dream of writing my own book in my heart.

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Life, Spiritual Walk, Writing

Stuck in the Circle

It’s taken me two months to write this post, and I’ll tell you why: I have been stuck in the lies and circle of self-doubt and comparison. If you’re being honest with yourself, you may know exactly what I’m talking about.

I started this blog with a clear message from God–words like “safe space,” counseling, young women, and love all came at a moment of complete clarity where I knew this was a project He wanted me to invest in. It’s been almost one year since I heard that message while chatting with one of the special guests at a media conference I attended for work. The conference was supposed to be a learning experience for my social media position, but ended up speaking specifically to me about my place as a writer.

But once I started, fear set in. Who am I to say I am a writer when everything I’ve submitted this past year has been rejected? Who am I to say I’m a writer when I let so much time pass between blog posts? Who am I to say I’m a writer when the only steady gig I’ve had has been the Young Salvationist magazine, which still has connotations of being a “lame” teen magazine that The Salvation Army is “required” to publish.

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Life

Here’s to 2017

I hope you’ve had a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! I decided to take off a few weeks from blogging since, let’s face it, this time of year is so busy! My husband and I took off a couple weeks from work and started our Christmas vacation in Freeport, GBI with my parents, sister, and brother, then flew back to NY (stayed up until 3am finishing a Christmas blanket for my niece) and drove up the next morning to Syracuse for another two days with my husband’s family.

And now here we are, the holidays are over and it’s the first day of 2017. I feel like with each passing year, I can’t help but ask myself where the time has gone (which I find weird since I’m only 25 and that’s something a 60-year-old says, haha). It’s officially 5 years since I graduated from college. I’ve been working in my current job for The Salvation Army for 3 years. My husband and I have been married for a year and a half, and this year will be 7 years as a couple.

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Books/Entertainment, Writing

Book Review: “On Writing” by Stephen King

A few months ago, I started feeling more and more like I was throwing away my college degree. Now, it’s not that I don’t use that knowledge every day–someone who can write and edit well is always appreciated–but I spent my college days writing stories and poems, and since that time nearly 5 years ago, I haven’t put the time or the effort into the thing I claim to love most.

I think I really started to take this seriously because, 1) I’m now published once a month in the Young Salvationist, and 2) I just turned 25 and feel like I don’t have anything to show for it. Yes, you could say, “But Rachael, 25-year-olds aren’t supposed to have anything to show for in life.” But I can’t help but disagree in my soul. As much as I love having the YS credit to my writing career, I’m feeling greedy, and I want more.

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Life, Spiritual Walk, Writing

My Dreams, God’s Plan

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” (Proverbs 16:9 NLT)

Dear Friend,

Today I am once again struggling with what to write for my monthly column for the Young Salvationist Magazine. This is not a rare occurrence for me, unfortunately, but a monthly ritual. After my column for the month previous has been turned in on the first (really more like the 7th though), I start looking at the topic due for the next month.

That’s usually when I realize I have no idea what I want to say.

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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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