What Women Look Like On the Inside

My mom always carried a large purse. One year it was a black macramé number. The next, brown pleather. While she sat at the kitchen table paying bills I would rummage through it. Peppermints, a smattering of pennies, bent bobby pins, tissues stamped with pink lipstick. “This is what women look like on the inside,” […]

Leaning Into Discomfort

We stretched at the end of our weekly workout, faces on the mat, right hands ex-tended, left arms stretched under our bodies, kind of in child’s pose. I’m sure there’s an official name for this stretch but I don’t know it. I do know it feels awkward and amazing, all at once. Just as the […]

Becoming the Women Who Hold Up Half the Sky

We can’t hold up half the sky, unless we do it together. I remember listening to Nicolas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn talk about their book, Half the Sky. The idea that women hold up half the sky resonated with me so deeply and there was almost a sense of vindication in seeing that […]

You Are Wanted, You Are Loved

“Your lost childhood message was, ‘You are wanted.’” According to today’s EnneaThought for the Day email, I missed the memo as a kid. Somewhere along the line I forgot that I was wanted and needed by the world. Instead, I adopted the narrative that I had to work for it. I had to clean the […]

Walls Don’t Work

Walls don’t work. Not if you are a Jesus follower. Walls don’t work. I was 16 years old and nearly 3,000 kilometers from home. I was standing on dusty concrete, just feet from a busy highway in Monterry, Mexico. The people around me were singing, “I exalt Thee” in several languages. An extension cord ran […]