When I was in Grade 7, I stood at a bulletin board my teacher had near his desk and looked at it for something to read. My eyes came across a poem called, “Footprints in the Sand” (if you’re not familiar with it, you can read it here.) I reached the third verse, where the… Continue reading On Footprints.
About six months ago, I posted a big long blog post about all these things I wanted to do before I turned 25. I hit a major milestone in achieving these goals - I turned 24, and now have less than a year to achieve a bunch of these things. And, since it's been 6 months… Continue reading 25 before 25 :: 6 month update
I spent my twenty fourth birthday exactly the way I wanted to - reflecting on my last 24 years of life with a chai latte in hand and books all around me. I drove home in golden hour, blaring "Twenty Four" by Switchfoot & then made my roommate come with me to give an abandoned… Continue reading twenty four lessons; twenty four years
On Saturday, I ran 5 kilometres for the first time. To those of you who maybe don't know me all that well, let me explain why this is significant. In grade school, I got zero in triple jump. My running form was (is?) compared to that of a baby giraffe. I could never finish the… Continue reading 5 Lessons From 5 Kilometres
Four weeks ago, I hopped into my car early on a Saturday morning and drove down the Calgary Trail, my brightly coloured travel mug in the cupholder beside me. My mind was buzzing, so I drove south & west on a clear, sunny Saturday, towards mountains, because I thought maybe I could think better in… Continue reading When God is Asking You (Okay, More Like Telling You) To Stay.
It's been two and a half months since I first posted about my twenty five before twenty five goals. I've been making really good progress in some areas, and no progress at all in other areas. I'm learning I hate living in the middle of things, and despite the fact that I'm only 2… Continue reading twenty five before twenty five :: month two round up
It’s been one month since I wrote my first #25before25 blog post, and it’s been a fun little experiment since then. I’m really good with beginnings - I love the start of things, so this enthusiasm will probably lessen & let’s be real, I will not consistently do monthly round ups of where I’m… Continue reading twenty five before twenty five: month one round up
We could alternatively title this, "I made Kristen do this exercise so now I have to too" but honestly, "twenty five before twenty-five" is a pretty lengthy title to begin with. I'm big on resolutions, goal setting, giving things up, engaging in personal experiments, etc. but when I launched into 2017, I didn't think all… Continue reading twenty five before twenty five.
This is for those of us with fair weather fathers, the ones whose dads walked in and out of their lives like being a father was optional & everything else was more pressing than that. For the ones of us with dads who tried the best they could, but just don’t know how to be… Continue reading For Those of Us With Fairweather Fathers.
Ten years ago, in 2006, I think we had the worst end of November. We were leaving an arena in Hamilton - an arena I'm pretty sure I never visited again - when my mom dropped what felt like a bombshell. It uprooted a lot of things I knew to be true up until that… Continue reading A Snippet of Faithfulness.