• Life

    Dear Journal: A Joyful Weekend

    Dear Journal,  I am learning to be okay with taking less time for things and not finishing things so far in advance. I’m learning it’s okay to not be glued to my desk. It’s okay to finish assignments the day before they are due.  I’m in a season of great joy right now. Praise Jesus for all the positive vibes, including living with my friends, leading Young Life, having a supportive family, and gaining confidence in myself.  This weekend was so refreshing, I had to share in a raw journal entry post. On Friday, I woke up at 5:30a.m. to meet our high school friends for our first Campaigners, Young…

  • Reflections

    Why I am a Young Life Leader

    I first felt the call to be a Young Life leader one Sunday at mass, when our priest said kids long to be known, loved, and belong. I remember those feelings, passing by the Washboard at Timber Wolf Lake and remembering the long nights we’d spent jamming while folding for campers, weeknights tucked away in the comfort of the our leader’s living room talking about Christ, experiencing Work Crew with my friend Luke, deciding to go to camp for the first time, and knowing my leaders and anyone else I’ve met through this ministry are there for me. But my love for this ministry didn’t start out that way. Here…

  • Life

    Working for Little Victories: My Junior Year Goals

    January isn’t here yet, but I want to do more this year. Will I have time for any of this? Probably. Will I reach all of these goals perfectly? Probably not. I know there will be a lot going on this year with class, extracurricular activities, and internship preparation. These will be habits I plan to incorporate daily, whether it is before, after, or in between the homework, projects, extracurriculars, and friendships I have. Academics My parent’s hard work and Tara Westover’s “Educated” taught me not to take my own education for granted. I’m taking these last two years in my undergraduate to truly learn the material and not get…

  • Reflections

    Here I am: Learning to be Present

    A drive to the laundromat. A no phone dinner, where whoever flipped over their phone from the pile in the center of the table had to pay. Sitting at a bonfire with my friends. In all of these places, as the last weeks of our summer were fast approaching, my friend asked us a question. “What has God taught you this summer?”  For me, I was learning to be present. To be here.  I knew after training that leaving camp would be hard. The people I met were already becoming my friends and learning about how to share the Gospel was incredible. I worried about missing out on things and…

  • Life

    A Day in My Life: Camp Counselor Edition

    One of our area directors shakes my shoulder, waking me up for our daily meeting. Shoving my feet into my Chacos, I step out into the morning light. I join the other counselors at a picnic table, our Bibles open before 7a.m.. We’ve been exploring the Gospel of Mark. Each day, section by section, we read parts of Jesus’ ministry and look for ways we can apply it to the work we are doing this summer.  The day has just begun. After a few announcements, it’s back to the cabin to call our campers away from sleep and get them ready for breakfast. Every meal is filled with Disney music, second…

  • Life

    For Our Mothers

    Dear Mom(s),  It must not have been easy. There must have been moments of weakness, fear, or doubt when it comes to raising one or multiple other humans. We’re messy, loud, and bound to make mistakes. But there is also joy. When the pain subsides and you meet your child for the first time, when they learn something new, or accomplish something you’ve helped them work for. Thanks for always being there for us. When we were little and had you chasing after us with a Wet One, waking us up for school, driving us to college. Thanks for being just a phone call away, even when we thought we…

  • Semester in Review

    Gratitude: Winter 2019

    This semester flew by. If I close my eyes I can see myself moving into my tiny room and laughing with my roommate in the kitchen about where to put all of our dishes. It’s crazy to think that next year I may not see the same people or take the same route to class. That’s when my fear of change starts to make my heart race. But gratitude always brings me back. The moment when I sit in my bed at the end of the day and write down what I’m thankful for, when I pull the covers up to my chin as I thank God for the day,…

  • Life

    4 Ways I Worship

    Growing up, I thought there was only one way to pray to our Lord. False. As with many things in life, I have found there are many different paths to take, each unique to us. Prayer is the same way. I believe the Lord accepts every unique way anyone chooses to glorify Him. I’ve listed some ways I have found work best for me when I want to connect with our Heavenly Father. Devotionals & Scripture Study I’ve finally gotten back into the habit of spending time with the Lord in the morning through a daily devotional. I’d finished “Jesus Calling” with the end of the year and was looking…

  • Reflections

    I Encountered Something More at SEEK 2019

    2 weeks ago I took a trip with some Catholic Student Ministries friends down to Indianapolis, where the SEEK 2019 conference was held by FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). Here are some things I learned along the way. Try New Things This conference was very new to me. When my friend invited me to go, I told her I would think about it. Although the thought of seeing Fr. Mike Schmitz and NEEDTOBREATHE live intrigued me, I was nervous I wouldn’t enjoy it. But God had other plans. From playing Heads Up while in an hour long line at Panera to watching dozens of priests crowd the aisle to…

  • Semester in Review

    Growth: Fall 2018

    I’m back! Winter break means I can finally take a deep breath, stay up and wake up late without feeling guilty, read the books on my bucket list, and spend lots of time with my family. It’s been a long semester with taking six classes, attending extracurricular activities, and simply getting back into the swing of things! Here are some highlights from the first semester of my sophomore year: Young Life Leader Training    Moving up from a high schooler who once attended Young Life to discerning if I wanted to lead it was intimidating at first. But learning about the ins and outs of an organization I admire was…