Bullet Points: studying in unusual places, wearing quirky layers, and chasing waterfalls in November.



  • Finals are coming up, and if you’re looking for a quiet place to study, hear me out and get here.. Go early in the morning and the only company you’ll have are the mall walkers. Or, believe me when I say that retail dies after 7 PM, and choose any week night. Either way, finding a quiet table is nothing and there are tons of nooks and crannies to find quiet places. And you can get your coffee fix at the a Starbucks just at the top of the escalator that opens before everything else in the morning, as well as the Nordstrom E-Bar open during mall hours. Although I wouldn’t recommend it for doing work that requires a lot of table space, it’s perfect for reading a book, or working on your laptop.


  • Don’t pack away that denim vest yet! Whoever said it’s only good for warm season obviously didn’t say that in 2016. Instead, I bet you could find a fun sleeve to put under it. For me? My flannel fits perfectly under it. And nothing says “Even tough girls like fall and value looking good” like a flannel under a denim vest.


  • One of my dearest friends gave me a sweet gift for no reason, and it’s been a few weeks, but I’m still holding it close. And now, I can cozy up and drink tea— and believe it or not, lavender tastes as good as it smells— while meditating on a beautiful print of Psalm 37:8. Whispering thanks for thoughtful gifts and kind people, and hoping that I can be like them too.


  • Don’t miss out on November– get out and hike! This place is just over an hour outside of Nashville, and the hike to the water falls and back is just about 2 hours. It’s surrounded by more popular parks, so this one is truly a hidden treasure. Granted, it’s smaller. But, it’s perfect to head out before lunch, picnic once you get there, take the hike, and then make it back to the city in time for dinner. Not to mention, the falls are gorgeous.


  • Did you know that decorative throw pillows can range anywhere from $10 to $140— and that’s the Target price. Y’all, that’s a ton of money to spend on pillows that won’t even touch your head. Yikes. I propose a little crafting, instead: find some on the .99 or half-off sale at Goodwill, sew your favorite fabric around the old pillow, and BOOM. You’ve got cute pillows for at least 1/4 of what you would have paid for them, and something so unique that every Target shopper ever will wonder where it came from. Thanks, mom, for this idea.
  • I can’t deny it: this song makes my life feel like a soundtrack. It’s ruined me so that every time I see the sun shining through the autumn colored leaves, I just want to break out and sing: “Stand back and look a little harder– so many colors fill the skyyy, so many good things to coooome. If only they always caught my eye, it’s like an explosiiion.” The video is quirky, but the best things usually are, so.
  • My dad always says that if you don’t like the weather in Tennessee today, hang around until tomorrow— and November’s indecision is all fun and games until it starts fighting between hot and cold, and irritating your hands. Ladies, this stuff is changing my life. It’s super cheap and simple to use, and keeps your fingers feeling good in a way that lotion can’t once it washes off. 
  • Backyard camping is still in style, and this what you need: 40 degree weather, over 30 cozy blankets, a 12 person tent, 10 of your favorite friends to cozy up to, and a blazing fire to sit around and laugh, talk, and share life with without an agenda. I promise, folks, these intentional moments of rest are worth everything.

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These are the things I’ve stumbled upon, and things that I think are worth sharing with you. People are creative and special things happen when people run with their bold ideas, and this series is a result of admiring the richness of culture. What’s inspiring your world right now?


Getting what I asked for.

Say hi to my best friend and roommate for the past two years, Amy! 


For those of you who don’t know, I have been preparing to teach conversational English in Mongolia this summer. Throughout the past few months of preparing for the trip, my heart has had one specific request: use me. However, my request came to life last week a lot sooner than I had thought it would.

I received an email a couple of weeks ago asking if I would be willing to consider changing my location for the summer. Meaning, instead of going to Mongolia, I would go to Hong Kong. I was torn. I thought of the conversations I’ve had with people and the research on the country that I’ve begun. Could I really change my plans so easily?

After a few days of thinking on it, I decided I would reach out to the program, see if the positions had been filled, and go from there. As divine timing would have it, the program actually reached out to me first, and asked once again if I would be willing to change locations. This time though, my roommate and best friend was included in the message.

We learned only one other person was considering changing their trip to go to Hong Kong instead of their current plans. At this point, we realized the urgency of the need. For two days, we sought wisdom from the Father and discussed it with one another nearly nonstop. During this time, my heart remembered that consistent request: use me. I couldn’t shake it, and I don’t think it was a coincidence. At the center of that request was the decision I knew I needed to make.

I wrestled with doubts, but ultimately, they all came back to temporary concerns and fears. As I thought back on the story that has been unfolding, I was reminded that the consistent string is my desire to serve with the program’s mission; location was never at the forefront of my mind. That might sound backward, but ultimately, the Father is nurturing a season in my heart that simply wants to get to work. I was reminded (what felt like) incessantly of my heart’s request: use me.

When I got back to the dorm the night before we needed to confirm our decision, I told Amy, “I think I need to go to Hong Kong,” and she agreed. Just like that, our minds were made up. We were going to Hong Kong. Immediately, we started freaking out because we get to travel across the world together and couldn’t be more excited.

But just to be sure, I slept on the decision. When I awoke at 6 AM the next morning, Hong Kong was my first thought. Amy and I told our program manager at the same time, and an excitement filled my heart because I didn’t doubt it anymore. We were making the right decision.

So what does this mean now? I will leave for my trip about 1.5 weeks later than I had originally planned, but the basic structure of my role as a teacher will be the same. Other than the fact I will be in a huge city instead of a rural area is probably the biggest difference in my trip planning now.

Obviously, a change of plans was not in my agenda. But, I trust in the Father and His ability to respond to my heart when it repeats: use me. I’m sure He could have used me in Mongolia, but I also knew there was a desperate need in Hong Kong for teachers this summer— I don’t think I could have gone anywhere else this summer without wondering about the work there.

I have asked for a lot of encouragement and financial help from loved ones, and want to put it to good work. I know this isn’t a very brief update, but the more I think about this story, the more amazed I am. The Father’s faithfulness is abounding, and has become increasingly evident in this story these past several months. I’m thrilled that He would plant me in this place at a time like this, and graciously guide every single step.

Not to mention, I get to do incredible works and experience an entirely new culture with one of my best friends — yay! 🙂