What if the moments we don’t give a second thought to were the moments that mattered most of all?
The sound of water being poured into a glass
The eager anticipation of opening a package in the mail
The two second grin we pay a stranger waiting to cross the street, before we speed off fast
The initial moment you hear your favorite song on the radio while flipping through stations
The aroma of fresh tea leaves seeping before that first sip
The satisfaction of fresh folded laundry before it’s put away
The way the sun’s rays feel on…
This past week a friend of mine and I were reminiscing about the music we grew up with — namely No Doubt and P!nk. She’s been doing a different blog post about her favorite No Doubt songs all month leading up to Valentine’s Day and so of course this sparked a ton of insightful conversation on these powerhouse artists and their lyrical prowess. (Take a peek at Gabriela’s blog here for more).
It was wild to think about the depth of the lyrics of songs like “Don’t Speak” or “Spiderwebs” and how back then I definitely did not understand the…
Something I’ve been pondering this week in particular is the reality that we are shaped by what we consume; specifically the voices we listen to.
Our ears are always “on.” Whether it’s active or passive listening, we continue to intake information through the voices in our lives. Maybe it’s the podcast we turn on during a walk, the pastor who speaks into our lives every week, the boss that we interact with on the daily, or the limitless content being streamed on our little black mirrors.
That’s a lot of noise. And within that, so much of a grey scale…
I was reluctant to share this experience but my brother encouraged me to write about it in hopes it brings perspective and awareness to our society. So here goes!
I know what you’re thinking: another COVID post? In a world that has politicized a pandemic and become more divided than ever on the safety measures that should (or should not) be taken to stay healthy, I am well aware that this is — sadly — a divisive topic. We are all navigating stormy waters and with that come varying opinions and judgments. …
Let’s dive right into the deep end.
This entire season has been heavy. A pandemic, loved ones getting sick, a new normal, and overwhelming reality check at the amount of racial injustice that still exists in America in 2020.
The last few weeks I’ve felt two primary emotional responses: anger and hopelessness. It’s kind of weird for me to write that out because anger isn’t usually my go-to. I’m more of a “get-real-sad-in-my-feelz” type of girl. But this moment in history has tipped something off in me. Part of it is the reality that history just seems to repeat itself…
Do you ever look back on your life and desperately miss a certain season? Maybe it was a milestone you hit during that time, a relationship that stands out, or maybe it was simply a season where you were just “feelin’ yourself” (like the great Mac Dre famously said). It’s hard to bridle that desire to reach out and grasp for those moments that have passed us by.
Being a super nostalgic person, that’s always been my M.O. — in fact some might say I live with one foot always stuck in the past. It’s actually been something I’ve pushed…
By Daniel Kunkel and Naseem Khalili
Every morning I (Daniel) wake up and read the New York Times. I skim across headlines that tell stories of rising unemployment rates, more death, cities on their last leg, and healthcare workers continuing to risk their lives. The news informs me of a world just moments away from destruction and yet, I am doing well. As I read these headlines, I feel like the world’s worst double agent; I am doing great in the middle of the pandemic but no one must find out. I feel guilty, I am able to work from…
[[this is part 3 in a series on Intentionality — head back here to see the other installments]]
“I just need you to show up for me” — I overheard this sentence between friends at a coffee shop not too long ago. It really struck a chord in me and got me thinking: what does it mean to actually show up in our relationships? We live in a society of on-demand deliveries, expedited lines, and automated services — all of which inevitably lead us down a path of little to no human interaction. We are a generation consumed with consumption…
This is part 2 in a 4-part series on Intentionality. If you haven’t read part 1, you can find it here!
I ended part 1 of this series by clarifying the difference between what seeking God is and isn’t. But now you might be wondering, “Ok, I know what seeking God is but how do I go about doing so?” This one’s for you.
Intentionality = the fact of being deliberate or purposive
“Intentionality” has become a buzzword these days, hasn’t it? And yet the more people say it, the more I’m noticing how out of context it is being used. When was the last time you felt truly seen and known? As human beings that desire is a core longing that many of us crave every single day. Odds are, you don’t often pay close attention to the desire itself but it’s especially highlighted when someone actually does make you feel seen.
I remember two years ago when my family had to put…
“there is nothing to writing — all you do is sit at a type writer and bleed.” // Connections Director at Awakening Church. Host of the Nas-Talgia Podcast.