Ep 3: How to Invest in Your Sister

Have you ever wanted to know your sister better? But even though you want to, busyness and arguments get in the way? Today, I had my own little sister on to have a fun discussion on practical ways we like to invest in our relationship. It took her a bit to warm up to the… Continue reading Ep 3: How to Invest in Your Sister

Life Experiences

Surviving vs. Thriving (combating winter gloom)

Disclaimer: In this post, I'm talking about a specific kind of gloom, but your sadness/depression could be more chronic or happening because of something out of your control, so talk to the people you trust if you're struggling!! Picture this. Your alarm clock beeps, and as soon as you open your eyes, you start to… Continue reading Surviving vs. Thriving (combating winter gloom)


Ep. 2: Getting Excited about Bible Reading

As promised, here is the bonus launch week episode for you to enjoy! Today, I invited my mom to talk with me about Bible reading and prayer, and I came away encouraged, refreshed, and excited to spend more time with God. Today's Questions How can we be excited to pray and read the Bible? Thoughts… Continue reading Ep. 2: Getting Excited about Bible Reading



The very first podcast episode of Joyful Creations Podcast is finally out!! For this episode, I got together with two of my friends, Haven and Marie, to discuss friendship. Lots of thoughts and lots of laughs -- I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did! Today's Question Can you talk about friendships?… Continue reading FIRST PODCAST EPISODE!!

faith, Life Experiences

You Don’t Know What You Have Until It’s Gone

We got a call last week that made my stomach drop. Tears sprung into my eyes, and a dozen memories flooded my head. My dad had just received orders for us to move 1,600 miles across the country, and I wasn't ready. The moment I heard the news, I resolved to take advantage of every… Continue reading You Don’t Know What You Have Until It’s Gone


My New Podcast + How to Submit Your Questions

It's time to get things rolling, and I am incredibly excited to begin. My dream, I hope, is finally being realized -- just in time for a new year! But, unfortunately, I don't have the first episode for you yet. That's because I need your help. My Problem... and A Solution Over the last couple… Continue reading My New Podcast + How to Submit Your Questions

Life Experiences

Christmas Music Favorites (feat. Erin)

I'm back!!! And it's so very good to be back:) I had a lovely, busy hiatus. I entered two essay contests, got a job, played my violin for a wedding, had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and even celebrated my birthday. The homecoming dance was also fantastic! And now we're in the Christmas season, and girls, I… Continue reading Christmas Music Favorites (feat. Erin)

Blogging Updates, Events, Goals, and Surveys, Fashion Fridays

Homecoming Dresses + Hiatus

Green? Blue? Purple? Oh dear... As you can tell from the title, today I need some advice from you girls on what to wear to homecoming (well, a dance that's a lot like homecoming), and I have a hiatus announcement! So let's get to it! The Dresses (help me decide!) one (color is a tad… Continue reading Homecoming Dresses + Hiatus

Christian living

Stop Waiting for the Future

I've spent a lot of time waiting. Waiting for a grade, waiting for relationships, even waiting for summer break to finally arrive. I sometimes keep my eyes so firmly trained on what I want in the future that I miss the good things happening now. While looking forward to future relationships, I neglect my family… Continue reading Stop Waiting for the Future

Christian living

From the Archives: Died Before We Came

Hello, ladies!! Today I'm bringing you one of my favorite articles from the archives: Died Before We Came - A Christian's Call to Total Surrender. Also- if you are interested in getting my free running guide that's being released right now, check out this post. Enjoy!! This article was originally featured on Written Lives. I wrote… Continue reading From the Archives: Died Before We Came