Graduate Student. Writer. Mountain lover. Drinker of Coffee. Over-thinker.

Loves Jesus, libraries, the dog, old family photographs, Washington D.C., and a handful of really just wonderful people.

“Learn to like what doesn’t cost much.
Learn to like reading, conversation, music.
Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.
Learn to like fields, trees, brooks, hiking, rowing, climbing hills.
Learn to like people, even though some of them may be different…different from you.
Learn to like to work and enjoy the satisfaction doing your job as well as it can be done.
Learn to like the song of birds, the companionship of dogs.
Learn to like gardening, puttering around the house, and fixing things.
Learn to like the sunrise and sunset, the beating of rain on the roof and windows, and the gentle fall of snow on a winter day.
Learn to keep your wants simple and refuse to be controlled by the likes and dislikes of others.”

—   Lowell C. Bennion (via wordsnquotes)

(via wordsnquotes)

Just when I think I couldn’t possibly have more fun, or feel more comfortable, or love you more,

I do.

Cameron Frye, this one’s for you.

I totally relate to Cameron Frye.

(Source: donnydonowitz, via donnydonowitz)

“Nothing will ruin your 20’s more than thinking you should have your life together already.”

—   (via cokeinaglassbottle)

(via aashleylynnn)


Today is Mary Oliver’s birthday, here’s to the beautiful life she has lived!


Today is Mary Oliver’s birthday, here’s to the beautiful life she has lived!

“The head of a company survived 9/11 because
His son started kindergarten.
Another fellow was alive because it was
His turn to bring donuts.
One woman was late because her
Alarm clock didn’t go off in time.
One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike
Because of an auto accident.
One of them
Missed his bus.
One spilled food on her clothes and had to take
Time to change.
Car wouldn’t start.
One couldn’t
Get a taxi.
The one that struck me was the man
Who put on a new pair of shoes that morning,
Took the various means to get to work but before.
He got there, he developed a blister on his foot.
He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid.
That is why he is alive today..
Now when I am
Stuck in traffic,
Miss an elevator,
Turn back to answer a ringing telephone…
All the little things that annoy me,
I think to myself,
This is exactly where
I’m meant to be
At this very moment”

—   (via causeimtabitha)

“You don’t have to be fearless. Just be sincere.”

—   Danielle LaPorte (via thingsthatsing)

(Source: uglywerewolf)

Becky and Sally’s farm is so beautiful. It’s one of the only places that feels like home to me even though I’ve never lived there. It probably helps that not only are the view, company, and animals great, but the FOOD. Oh, the food.

These Days

This has been a season where everything surprises me.

I am not working in a library, but I’m still happy. And, blessedly, doing exactly what I set out to do when I headed off to grad school: disseminate information AND make information available for the people who need it.

My least favorite thing: asking people for help. What I’ve been doing the past three weeks: asking people for help. The past few months have pretty much been me nestled in my comfort zone, waiting for my real life to begin (Colin Hay, anyone?). Change has always stretched me in ways that I usually hate, and I still couldn’t tell you I love new things, but my answer to everything lately has been YES. Isn’t there a Tina Fey quote about that? Something like “say yes, and figure it out later.” That’s exactly what I’ve been doing. It’s hard. There have been tears. I’ve asked a million questions about a million things and probably peeved at least a dozen people, but it’s a time for learning and meeting and DOING.

Life is about relationships. Coming out of college, I ate up the mantra about all the successes that you will IMMEDIATELY RECEIVE upon graduation. I’d love to have a successful career, but the interesting little tidbit they leave out in the commencement ceremony is that economic success usually takes time. Being good to people doesn’t have to. While I still feel a little behind the curve in being successful in a new job, I’ve been reaching out more. Joining things. Making an effort to travel to friends or make a phone call where before I would have feared rejection. Also, I feel infinitely more fulfilled through the interactions with people I have than the tasks I check off throughout the day.

And speaking of relationships, have I mentioned that DMac and I have been together for six years? This one doesn’t surprise me. What is surprising, though, is how much has changed…and how much hasn’t. He is exactly the same person I stood next to at a Led Zeppelin cover band concert forever ago, except with a head full of legal knowledge and better suits. I can’t stress enough how badly I need someone to round out my rough edges, to talk me down from stressful situations that aren’t nearly as stressful as I make them, to make good times even better.

God has been tempering hard lessons for me with immeasurable grace. I never could have imagined myself here, walking that fine line between being completely content and being completely overwhelmed. But if I had to choose between this season of life vs. the season of waiting I just emerged from, I would choose life, every time.