I had lost my sparkle. This was a big deal since Sparkle was the nickname my best friend gave me in college. She told me it was the gleam in […]

The Secret to Choosing Joy - Mary Carver at

My friend — and fellow (in)courage writer — Sara Frankl passed away in 2011, but she is still teaching me about choosing joy. As I worked on the book that […]


This last year was a whirlwind of change for me. Our family uprooted from the city we had lived in for over a decade — the city where my husband […]

I wonder if we’d be so gung-ho about New Year’s resolutions if January didn’t come so quickly after December. The holiday season, with all its fun and festivities and falalas, […]


I didn’t realize I couldn’t see before I got glasses in the second grade. But I remember a night shortly after getting my super sturdy (and nerdy) frames with the […]


I love seeing musicals. It’s been a love of mine for a long time. In fact, I was just in New York for a few days and bawled my eyes […]

Joy is found when we're doing what we're (2)


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She toddled into the room with a plan, antique hand mirror, and brush in hand. This two-year-old had work to do. She couldn’t quite climb atop the bed to join us, though; […]

Hospitality -

“Practice makes perfect,” my piano teacher would always say. So when the Holy Spirit tells us to “practice hospitality,” the idea must be that we keep getting better and better […]