A Letter To My Former Self: 2015 Edition

A Letter To My Former Self: 2015 Edition

Dearest 29 and 30 year old Erika, You set one intention beyond all others last year, and that was to practice presence. You came out of 2014 emotionally bruised and battered and exhausted by all the expectations you had for the year that refused to come to fruition. You felt your way through the start of the year tentatively, war-torn and bleary eyed, but determined to focus not just on the big stuff, but be proud of how you showed up for your everyday life. 2015 was slow and steady. At times it seemed uneventful and you were kind of ... Read More »

The Long Game of Following Your Dreams

The Long Game of Following Your Dreams

Over the past year, I slowly laid down the dreams and timelines I once carried so tightly. I told you how I had carefully laid plans, and but how I was learning to let them go. As I made peace with the idea that I was not in control of certain areas of my life, I started to reconsider the things I did have some control over. I asked myself what the next right thing was instead of revising my five year plan. You may have noticed things have gotten a bit quieter around the blog this fall, and in part ... Read More »

We NEED to Catch Up Soon!

We NEED to Catch Up Soon!

“We need to catch up soon.” This is the refrain of the harried New Yorker, and of most of my twenty and thirty-something friends. A few weeks ago, The Atlantic published an article about this very thing, and since then I have been pondering the state of my adult friendships. I am a friend collector – the kind of person who maintains a few friendships from each stage of life: childhood, high school, college, and former cities where I lived. Social media allows me to have a touch point with many of these people, and most of these friends are the ... Read More »

Five Things Friday: 11.6.15

Five Things Friday: 11.6.15

  It’s been forever since the last Five Things Friday! Here’s what I’ve been loving over the past few weeks: 5 Memories Made in October Longtime friends Ryan and Katherine got married in Princeton, NJ. So did Ryan and Renee, and it was GORGEOUS. (Seriously swoon-worthy photos!) My cousin Craig visited NYC for the first time. I finally hosted some girl friends for brunch (I wish my apt was bigger so I could host more!) I was Wonder Woman for Halloween! 5 Things Around the Web In Praise of Everyday Theologians by Sarah Bessy (a sneak peak from Out of Sorts) Buying begets buying… by Madeline ... Read More »

Creating Real Community (Guest Post)

Creating Real Community (Guest Post)

This week I’m guest posting over at the Hoboken Grace blog as a part of our Circles series about creating community. When I moved to this city five years ago, I was newly engaged, diving into my fiancé’s existing network of friends and church family in Hoboken. Seven hundred miles away, I left behind an amazing community of friends and a church I loved. As an extrovert, I have always enjoyed meeting new people and building new friendships, but starting from scratch was still hard. As I started attending Hoboken Grace, I was encouraged to join a Dinner Group. I was wary. I ... Read More »

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