Good morning and happy Monday! As I sit here, sipping my coffee and looking out the window, I can't help but disagree a little with the bad rap Monday's have always gotten. I have a certain sweet spot for Monday's. A new beginning, a fresh start, a chance to make this week better than the … Continue reading Coffee & Catch-ups: Grad School and Wedding Planning
When people first find out I've been in a long distance relationship for over four and a half years, I'm usually met with wide eyes and small gasps. When they find out Ryan and I are engaged, I swear jaws almost drop to the floor. "Wow, I could never do that.""Props to you.""Is it really … Continue reading Why I Continue to Say “Yes” to a Long Distance Relationship
It wasn't that long ago that the mere sight of a mountain far off in the distance made me want to slam my brakes and stare at the snowy peaks for hours. Now, two months later, the large masterpieces that stand proudly in the distance have become a normal, albeit awe-inspiring, part of my life. … Continue reading Colorado Recap
The chapel was silent; I was the only one there and enjoying some time in front of Jesus. I opened my Bible to Luke 11, and I read: And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, … Continue reading Asking For Help: A Weakness or Strength?
My fingers nervously tapped the arm of the chair while Suzann sat across from me, listing off the various things she would be scoring me on over the course of my mock interview: Body languageConfidenceUse of specific examples in answers Wait. What? My mind started scrambling, figuring out what experiences or projects I could use … Continue reading We Can Do Better Than “How Are You?”
Good morning, and happy Monday! I hope you all had the weekend you wanted, whether that meant lots of laying around or distant adventures. Today, with the re-launch of Extramorginary, I'm also starting a new series called Coffee & Catch-Ups. This blog is a lot of things: a journal, conversation-starter, and online cheerleader. It's also … Continue reading Coffee & Catch-Ups: I’m Going to the Mountains, and We’re Gonna Get Married
Dear Kelsey, Today you turn 16. I'm not sure how that happened. I still vividly remember you crawling into bed with me every night even though you had your own room down the hall. I can still hear your small voice saying "Morgan" over and over again until I finally answered. Today you receive your … Continue reading 16 Wishes For My Sister on Her Birthday
This semester, I officially lost my 4.0 GPA. I worked hard for three years to keep a spotless record; it was a benchmark of my success. I thought if I could keep a perfect 4.0, I could do anything I wanted after college. When I lost it, I felt like a complete failure. Now, I … Continue reading Struggling With Identity: Who Am I?
"You are the greatest person I met. You always make me smile when I see you." This note was written by tiny hands and given to me on Wednesday. After volunteering every week at the Springfield Dream Center, my last day had finally arrived and it was time to say goodbye to all of the … Continue reading Learning About Love From Underprivileged Children
One of the best parts about having a blog is that one day in the future you can look back on all those moments you never want to forget. This was one of those moments: A couple weeks ago, I went on a coffee date with my friend, Nicole. We pulled up outside Mudhouse, a … Continue reading How a Coffee Date Turned into Meeting Drake Bell