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The Truth Is a Two-Edged Sword

Monday, November 16, 2020

Have you ever heard the phrase: “The truth is a two-edged sword”? ⚔️


This is a common saying that may be familiar within Christian circles. While I am no longer involved in the church, this analogy between speaking truth and how it cuts in multiple ways is one that everyone can probably relate to.

Consider how differently people can react to what you view as indisputable facts. From anger to agreement, it’s amazing how truthfulness can cut to reveal the depth of someone’s character.

Because when confronted, it’s difficult not to react in defensiveness and anger if you believe differently. But if you can listen past the words, to the root of the accusation, you can often see the true motivation behind it. Love. Jealousy. Fear. Hate.

There are fights no sword can win. But you can walk away and still be victorious. How?
By having understanding.

I’ll never forget when a former friend passive-aggressively called me a bad Christian for not doing missionary work while traveling. 🙃 This accusation took me off guard, especially since we hadn’t really been keeping in touch beforehand. But after fuming over it for a while, I began to see what drove the random outburst.

Here I was, out of college and taking advantage of flight benefits every other weekend, skipping around new cities, states, and countries like they were day trips. Meanwhile, she was still stuck in the grueling routine of school. It was no wonder bitterness sprung up! I would’ve felt the same way in her shoes. Understanding her viewpoint helped me form a more thoughtful response.

We may not be friends today (PS: missions are just modern day colonizing, look it up 😘), but it taught me a lesson in understanding. It was a moment that showed me how to find peace even if I’m under attack.

So to end this caption on my more typical, goofy note...don’t bring a sword to a gunfight, kids! 😜


Crack Goes Your Ceiling

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

 



I hope you were wearing your shoes, because there’s glass everywhere 💥

For those confused, here’s a quick definition:

glass ceil·ing
/ˈɡlas ˈsēliNG/

noun
noun: glass ceiling; plural noun: glass ceilings
1. an unofficially acknowledged barrier to advancement in a profession, especially affecting women and members of minorities.

No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, Kamala Harris becoming the Vice President elect is a historic moment for America. She is the first woman elected Vice President. The first African American woman. The first Asian American woman. Her husband will be the first “second gentleman”. For many around the world, this is inspiring! The glass ceiling was just shattered with this decision.

This will be going down in our history books for future generations to read about. The 19th Amendment (granting women the right to vote) was a culmination of 70 years worth of suffragettes’ efforts, and 100 years later we have a woman as Vice President elect! From women being called radical for demanding political equity to a woman being elected to the second highest position in our country, we have unequivocally added a new chapter to American history.

And still, there is resistance to progress.

For those disputing this election, just know I am all for recounting and verifying the results. Anything to help validate this in your minds. But unfortunately, I know that will never erase the doubt that was planted in your hearts. The doubt that was nurtured and watered by those who would use what you view as your righteous anger for their own selfish cause.

If there is one good thing I could say for the last administration, it is this: they know how to activate people. We responded (whether in a positive or negative way, it was a strong response). It became impossible to ignore politics, even for those who have stayed silent publicly for so long.

But where do we go from here?

We keep going. We keep shattering glass ceilings.

So keep your shoes on.



May the Force Be With You

Saturday, May 9, 2020


May 4th kicked off a Star Wars inspired shoot that’s resulted in me binging the entire series! We’re working our way through each, and I have a newfound appreciation for the characters and story telling that went into them. As a kid, I don’t think I could quite grasp the depth of different dilemmas and choices each character went through. Now, as an adult, I can empathize and understand more readily.


But can I just say....what the hell was Jar Jar Binks even necessary for? If that’s what the early 2000s deemed comedy relief, I’m throwing hands. Is anyone a fan of that character??

Personally I’m more drawn to mythical and fantasy over sci-fi, so Harry Potter and LOTR is more my speed, but I still love a good storyline, adventure, and strong female characters! Stepping into the role of Rey felt very empowering and I’d happily do it again.

Are you a fan of Star Wars?

Magic at Bruneau Sand Dunes

Thursday, May 7, 2020


One of my favorite nearby locations are the Bruneau Dunes. That’s right, did you know Idaho has sand dunes? It’s absolutely incredible, and It feels like we teleported to another planet every time!


I dragged Drake out here one morning, and after over a month of properly quarantining at home, I was dying for a little adventure. Luckily, this state park is close enough we didn’t have to stop anywhere for gas, and we had the whole place to just ourselves! Absolutely magical. What do you think of the images we created? I’ve been saving this dress specifically for this location. Anyone else do this?

 We’ve hit about 2 months of quarantine here in Idaho, and it definitely feels like a Black Mirror episode. How is everyone dealing with life lately?
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