Encouragement · Sow Kind

The Residual Effect of Unmeasured Words

One minute I was upright in the ocean, but in the blink of an eye, I was improperly acquainted with the coarseness of the ocean floor. While involuntarily being drawn in and pushed out of the rip current, I struggled to get vertical and out of the dangerous rhythm. Once my feet were under me…… Continue reading The Residual Effect of Unmeasured Words

Encouragement · Porch Pondering

Porch Pondering Part Three: Reaping and Sowing

This is the final part of the “Porch Pondering” vlog series. It was a labor of love, and it taught me a few things about myself. I am a hand-talker. Wow. As much as I love the outdoors, the outdoors doesn’t always reciprocate. Melinda wields great power with her calm spirit. Video editing and storytelling…… Continue reading Porch Pondering Part Three: Reaping and Sowing

Encouragement · Porch Pondering

Porch Pondering Part Two: Seasons

Seasons, wherefore art thou? For some of you, a new season is playing out in majestic ways right in front of your eyes. For others, like me, the anticipation of experiencing a new season is palpable. Although the calendar says we are in Autumn, the temperatures don’t match what I expect it to feel like.…… Continue reading Porch Pondering Part Two: Seasons

Encouragement · Porch Pondering

Porch Pondering Part One: Transplanting

Welcome to a new three part vlog series! {vlog=video blog} Each part of this series is roughly six minutes in length. That’s about the time it takes to check in on social media, curl your bangs, or warm up a frozen meal. While I know we are time poor, I hope you’ll invest six minutes…… Continue reading Porch Pondering Part One: Transplanting

Encouragement · moment of truth monday

Moment of Truth Monday

Well, it’s been a hot minute since my last MOTM post. I realize this is posting on Wednesday, but it was crafted and posted on social media on Monday. Who can remember to post all the places? Most people, just not this one! I’ve missed writing MOTM posts. They are always good for my soul.…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday

Community · Encouragement · Sow Kind

Just When I Feel Like Quitting

I want to share a story with you. This summer, while heading out on a mission trip, I decided to leave a note in the Houston Hobby airport bathroom. It was a simple note to cheer on the woman who would enter the bathroom stall sometime after me. So far this sounds noble and lovely,…… Continue reading Just When I Feel Like Quitting

Encouragement · Grace

Turning Kindness Inward: A Personal Narrative

As an English teacher, the idea of narratives is ever on my mind and infused into conversations. It’s easy to discuss and analyze a dynamic character; what motivates the character to action, what lie does the character believe, and what is the catalyst for their ultimate change? I think we instinctively do that in life.…… Continue reading Turning Kindness Inward: A Personal Narrative