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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 »

Finding Gratitude Within the Grief (APW Guest Post)

Finding Gratitude Within the Grief (APW Guest Post)

Today I am so excited to send you over to A Practical Wedding blog where I am guest posting! If you’re a regular around here, you may recognize this post from last year but I am so excited it is reaching a new audience. I have been a longtime fan of APW, since my friend Clara first introduced me to them some four years ago. If you’ve been reading since the beginning of this blog, you may remember when Clara and I attended the release of the APW book in Brooklyn. A Practical Wedding is the sanest wedding blog on ... Read More »

What We Think We Are Promised

What We Think We Are Promised

We all have plans for our lives – specific ways we think they should go. We imagine that because we are good people who make the right choices, we will somehow be rewarded. Or for those of us who believe in God, we think because our faith is strong and we trust Him unwaveringly, He will give us the deepest desires of our hearts. This is true especially for those big milestone things: the dream job, the perfect spouse, or a happy, healthy family. Sometimes things seem to work out that way, but quite often they do not. Read More »

Walking Towards Hope: Love, Loss, and My Wedding Day

Like many little girls, I grew up fascinated by the idea of one day being a bride. While most girls’ daydreams are comprised of big white dresses, bridesmaids, and a mystery groom, I grew up wondering about what it would be like to walk down the aisle because I lost my father to cancer at the tender age of five. When my Daddy died, I could sense my mother’s sadness. With youthful optimism and childlike faith, I told her not to worry – she could find another husband. Read More »

Waiting and Dating: Thoughts on Singleness

One of the things this season of life is teaching me is how to better empathize with others. I realized recently that many of my single friends are likely experiencing a version of what I am now – this longing for a season of life that has not yet happened. Maybe, like me, you face daily reminders that you are not where you want to be – they show up multiple times a day, reminding you that you are behind. You feel like there are massive roadblocks keeping you from a role you were meant to play. You feel silly ... Read More »

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