Category: Motivation

Three Gluten- and Dairy- Free Recipes for Carnivores

Three Gluten- and Dairy- Free Recipes for Carnivores
If somebody had told me when I was 7 years old that when I grew up I would no longer be able to drink “real” milk, eat “real” cheese, or cook with “real” bread, I would probably have asked to be shown the way to Tuck Everlasting’s watering hole. Having 20 years’ notice to prepare... Read more »

Seven Things We've Learned About Buying and Raising a Collie Puppy (or two)

Seven Things We've Learned About Buying and Raising a Collie Puppy (or two)
My husband and I brought home Bear and Thor last November. They are now six months old, and have stolen our hearts! Here are seven lessons we’ve learned in our four short months of puppy ownership that you may find encouraging if you are considering bringing home some furry friends of your own–or perhaps, if... Read more »

3 Evangelical Podcasts That Will Change Your Life and Relationships

3 Evangelical Podcasts That Will Change Your Life and Relationships
I got married this May. All throughout our six-month engagement, we sought out counseling, books, wise mentors, online articles, and podcasts to help us prepare for marriage. We read and listened to hours of content from a variety of sources, and want to share the top three resources we found from the Podcasts app available... Read more »
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Life Lessons from Eleanora Anderson, the Longest Serving Sunday School Teacher at the Same Institution of all Time

Life Lessons from Eleanora Anderson, the Longest Serving Sunday School Teacher at the Same Institution of all Time
My dad called me yesterday with a bittersweet message: that Eleanora Anderson, my grandfather’s 92-year-old cousin from Valmeyer, Ill., passed away in her sleep Saturday morning. “It’s a sad thing to lose her,” he said, “But to die in your sleep at home with all your faculties at age 92, you’ve lived a pretty darn... Read more »

Top 5 Tweets from Poynter's #TruthTrust Event

Top 5 Tweets from Poynter's #TruthTrust Event
If I could summarize the Poynter Institute “Truth & Trust in the 21st Century: Journalism’s role in telling the story of violence in Chicago” panel discussion / talkback Thursday night in a phrase, I would say I learned that “Optimism & Positivity are Journalism’s Future & Democracy’s Hope.” The night opened on this note with... Read more »

Wheaton College's Journalism Certificate Program: #kindofabigdeal

Wheaton College's Journalism Certificate Program: #kindofabigdeal
This is a spontaneous blog post to brag shamelessly about how amazing Wheaton College’s journalism certificate program students are. Professor Tim Morgan and I just wrapped up another round of end-of-semester conferences with our students, and I’m so happy I could cry. Over the past 15 months, not only have our journalism students written hundreds... Read more »
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Blind Surfer Derek Rabelo Conquers Waves Fearlessly

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Derek Rabelo’s father prayed that his son would be a professional surfer. But Derek was born blind in 1992, and his father’s dream seemed impossible. Seventeen years later, however, Derek decided that not only did he want to surf — he wanted to surf the legendary waves on the North Shore of Oahu. Derek’s courage... Read more »

I Am Today's Christian Woman: Let's Talk About Sex

I Am Today's Christian Woman: Let's Talk About Sex
In August 2012, I accepted a full-time job as Today’s Christian Woman’s online editor. It’s been just over a year since that fateful day, and ever since, I’ve been intentional about learning exactly what it means to live life as a Christian woman. Thanks to the amazing articles, interviews, and reporting I’ve been able to... Read more »

From Wheaton College to TIME Magazine: Elizabeth Dias' Advice to Aspiring Journalists

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“All journalists are insecure overachievers-learn how to make mistakes and own them. Your mistakes don’t define you.” This was one of many memorable phrases shared by TIME Magazine reporter Elizabeth Dias at Wheaton College’s Homecoming weekend 2013. The weekend marked her fifth year college reunion, and she came to campus as a guest of the... Read more »
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Help End Sex Trafficking in Chicago: Run the TraffickFree 5K

Help End Sex Trafficking in Chicago: Run the TraffickFree 5K
As a journalist, I come across controversial topics on a regular basis–but none have captivated me like human trafficking has. I’m passionate about raising awareness about the criminal activity that claims an estimated 300,000 minors each year within the United States (and countless more in countries around the world, including Honduras). As much as I... Read more »