Intentionality

When I was growing up, my mom’s friend, Zdenka, would often come over to babysit my sisters and I. She was in her 50s at the time, but had a spunky youthful spirit. She had a thick Czech accent and later I would learn how she immigrated to America from Czechoslovakia when she was a […]

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Thoughts from Saturday

Last Saturday, I was over at my parents’ house and somehow got nominated to take out a tree in their front yard. It was a Christmas tree type–about twice as tall as me. My mom had already started cutting branches off, so I just had to finish trimming it down and then take out the […]

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Life is More

I was walking through campus last week, glancing at the people gathered in their front yards blaring music and crowding around tables cluttered with red solo cups. It was about 8pm on a warm spring night. “What a typical campus scene,” I thought to myself, “I wonder what life is like being a part of […]

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“Knock it off with them negative waves”

This past weekend was a doozy. On Friday at 1pm I went to get a simple oil change. Four hours later, the associate came out bearing news that my car needed $2,000 worth of replacements to be considered safe to drive. I didn’t have time to fix it, so before I left I had to […]

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Authenticity

One day I was skimming through the rack of shirts at the local thrift shop when suddenly I felt a hand grab my ankle. I screamed and looked down to see a pair a circle glasses perched right above a smile which quickly erupted into hysterical laughter. “OH MY GOSH, MITCHELL!!” I yelled, as he […]

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Perspective

About this time last year, I was nervously dodging through the busy sidewalks of campus, guarding my right arm which was in a cast from my shoulder to my wrist. The falling snow seemed to mock me for how I got in this predicament in the first place: sledding. Yes, it’s possible to shatter your […]

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Happy Belated Valentines

I went to the grocery store around 6pm last Thursday and was surprised to see all these men running around frantically with bouquets, intensely scouring the card aisle. I totally forgot it was Valentine’s day. I haven’t been in a relationship for just around 2 years now, but it got me thinking about how much […]

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Connection

Living “unconnected” in Western society is considered pretty rare. But actually, after looking a little deeper, it’s quite a common phenomenon. If we’re being completely honest, it’s not the fast WiFi, social media platforms, or ability to share things instantaneously that connects us; but rather, our raw humanity is what truly connects us–even to the […]

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Being alive

I’ve never been one to like school, in fact I absolutely dread it. Which is funny because I’ve picked a 4 year degree and switched my major so much I have to go an extra semester. This semester is rough because I have classes every. single. day. I was sitting in one of these classes […]

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Beautiful you

Let’s get one thing clear: YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL. RIGHT NOW. JUST HOW YOU ARE. By beautiful I don’t just mean the typical dictionary definition of “pleasing the aesthetic senses, especially sight.” I’m talking real beauty: the beauty of of everything you bring to this life by simply being in it. The beauty of your remarkable, […]

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