Isolated Reflections

It’s been relatively quiet on my blog as of late, and the major reason is due to my intentional filtering of time and effort into a different project. I’m writing a novel, one that I hope will someday grace the bookshelves of stores and countless homes. But most of all, a novel that I can…

While

It’s been a long time since I’ve had the opportunity to sit down and write. And I often find I’m most inspired in that same special place time and time again, reminding me that the “pen is indeed mightier than the sword.” That special place is, obviously, my book room. A room where there are…

Change in the Wind

I can feel the change in the wind. The trees sway differently, only a slight bending in the breeze, a little more resilient now that summer’s long thaw is nearing its end. The birds feed more regularly at the feeder, storing up energy and nourishment for the harsher months to come. The sun shines its…

Mrs. Zavalianos has a nice Ring to it

It’s taken me a while to post some of the highlights of my wedding day because I selfishly have wanted to cherish these moments between Zac and myself. But I think that’s okay. Today, I feel ready to share my heart and have you all enjoy it with me. One of the most beautiful days…

The Butt-Kicker of 2019

Breathe in, breathe out. Tonight finally feels like the first time in the past 4-5 ish weeks where I can simply sit and be. Grad school’s been kicking my butt. But it’s also been super eye-opening. I’ve studied and worked hard, meeting deadlines and passing exams I thought otherwise unachievable. I’ve spent countless nights staying…

Short, Fragile & Unexpected

Life is short. Life is fragile. Life is unexpected. And we waste much of it on worrying and complaining. In the end, we mourn lost opportunities, lost time, lost joy. I don’t know when our final days on this earth will coalesce, but I do know that I want to cherish every moment. Life is…

What We Say

Words. Simple little phonemes that when put together have the power to either create or destroy. Why is it that when we hide behind our computer screens, we think it’s okay to neglect integrity and to slander one another? Why do we jump on opportunities to heap blame, delight in passive aggressiveness , and praise…

No Expectations for 2019

For reasons that seem hard to put into words, the Holidays have always been a challenging time for me. I find that each day Christmas gets a little closer, the greater my anxiety increases. In the end, it’s like I’m in survival mode – just trying to remain sane and “with it” until it passes….

Mystery Man

“But how do I know that this person is the one for me?” “Is there like a light that goes off or something?” “How can I be sure?” I feel like these questions sit in the recesses of our minds when we are plagued with fear of the unknown. When it comes to relationships, we…

“I am beautiful”

Have you ever uttered those words to yourself? And if so, did you mean them? Beauty can mean a few things. Yes, when we hear the word, we often think about someone’s or something’s outward appearance. For example, “Your hair is beautiful” or “Look at those leaves, aren’t they beautiful when they change colors?” But…