It took me awhile to fall asleep the other night, lying there between my husband and my 9-month-old daughter. As I cuddled my sleeping girl, I couldn’t wrap my mind around the heartache of those who have lost their loved ones. Kara and her family. On my mind was the pregnant mother who recently died in Virginia, leaving behind a husband and four young children....

Posted on Oct 22 2014 - 9:00am by Hanna

Life can be difficult. Marriage can be hard. Kids can be stressful. Work can be demanding. We often feel pressure to fulfill a “do it all” persona we create for ourselves. But, we can only do so much before our energy fizzles, our motivation tanks, and our interactions with family and friends, as a result, become less than enjoyable. We may even become irritable,...

Posted on Oct 21 2014 - 9:00am by David

“Amber,” I asked, “do you love me?” She paused and looked down. It was a late weekday night, we had class the next day, and we were talking about our hopes of engagement.  Now my question hung in the air of that dirty stairwell, awaiting a response. “I don’t know,” she finally managed. We were inches apart, but immediately I felt the distance in her...

5 years ago I had it all. I was the Agency Director for a PR-firm, I had a beautiful apartment, and I was enjoying all the pleasures of fleeting nature imaginable. I knew I was supposed to be feeling on top of the world, but my heart was very restless. If this is it, I asked myself, if this is the meaning of things, why does it feel like I’m stuck in an alley? Rickard...

Posted on Oct 17 2014 - 9:00am by Brittany

I know that a lot of people don’t talk about it, but here I go. I have been struggling with depression for a long time now. Every day is a battle. It doesn’t seem to matter what I do, it is always lurking, just waiting to rear its ugly head.Some days are better than others. Depression can rule your life if you let it. I choose not to let it control me completely....

Ugh, I hear you girl! I thought to myself while I read Brittany’s recent post, “A Good Date Gone Wrong.” I have also experienced the disappointment of thinking that a guy wants to get to know me, only to discover that he was way more interested in getting some action at the end of the night. Like Brittany, Meg, and Isaac, I’m also looking for a lasting relationship...

It’s difficult to pinpoint what makes or breaks a marriage. Even the strongest couples experience hardships that can lead them to seek divorce. Whether burdens are financial or health related, family issues or career related, there is always something that challenges our collective pursuit of happiness. As I reflect on what made our marriage so great, I think it...

Danny the peacemaker By the end of last week, I was stressed, and I was tired. My husband and I had been having lots of tense conversations—the ordinary arguments about dishes and laundry and managing our work schedules—but this week was particularly tense because we were considering buying a house. The contract sat on the kitchen table, and all our conversations...

In my line of work, if I don’t do my job well, someone could lose a life. Like a fireman or a surgeon, I often meet life that I may never see again in my day-to-day. The other week I gave my best to save someone’s life, and it was the first time that I felt I failed because someone did die. And it was on my watch. But, just like a fireman or surgeon, a lot of...

Posted on Oct 10 2014 - 9:00am by Moses

“Run!” a familiar voice shouted from the halls of my apartment building. I turned around; a jolt of adrenaline shot through my eight-year-old body. My mother, clutching my younger sister, ran down the hallway.  Several police officers pursued her. “Run!” she shouted again. I bolted down the streets with the cops in fast pursuit.  The cops tackled my mother...