YEAR-LONG GRATITUDE

Thanksgiving is upon us (or at least, it will be next week)!! While I am a person who permanently lives in the Christmas spirit, Thanksgiving is something that simply cannot be overlooked. Thanksgiving is celebrated by nearly everyone in America—regardless of religion or upbringing. No matter what the questionable beginnings of the holiday are, the…

WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?

Hi, if anyone here struggles with doubts, put your hand up. If I was standing in a room with all of you, I guarantee every single one of you would have your hand raised. We all struggle with doubting something—ourselves, others, the government, and even God. When the going gets tough, it’s easy to think…

FIGHTING HOMESICK

Hey, everyone! I’m baaaack. I know it’s been a while since I’ve written, but I had the coolest thing happen to me—I got married to my best friend! If you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning, you’ve seen Jon go from boyfriend, fiancé, to husband, and I just think that’s the coolest. I have…

THE POWER OF “TIMID”

There are few who know me who would call me anything but timid… especially when I was younger. I was (and still am) loud and I craved to be the center of attention in any and every room. By the time I entered and left middle school, I was a very different person, as most…

FROM THE DESK OF A 1w9

Yep, I jumped the Christian Enneagram bandwagon. But dang… it was about time. Not only have I seen about every female near my age posting cute graphics about their Enneagram type, but every Christian podcast I listen to or YouTuber I watch is always talking about it. I’m the kind of person who refuses to…

STARTING FRESH

Ahh… the end of summer and the start of a new school year. For so many people, this often pulls up feelings of dread. But for nerds like me… it made me excited. Fresh school supplies and new outfits to show off. And as I entered my junior year of high school, I was excited…

WATCH YOUR PORTRAYAL

Guilty pleasure: I watch the Bachelorette. I love it. Is it terrible TV sometimes? Yes. But is it also really good and juicy TV sometimes? You bet. The past season of the Bachelor and the current season of the Bachelorette have really got me thinking about the way Christians are portrayed and portray themselves in…

FIGHTING ANXIETY

Hey! My name is Brianna Arsenault and I struggle with anxiety… probably just like you. We all have worries or triggers that make it hard for us to sleep or focus while we are at work, home, or school. I tend to stress myself out like no other, whether I’m overbooking myself or getting way…

FROM MY FATHER

Father’s Day is hard for a lot of people. Some have lost their father, been abandoned by their father, and some simply feel like they didn’t have much of a father to begin with. I know I am one of the lucky ones. It wasn’t until I got into college and met some people who…

LOVING FOR THE LONG HAUL

News flash: loving people is hard. Now, I’m not talking about loving people in general. You can care for people, pray for people, serve people, and love everyone (for the most part) pretty easily. It gets difficult when people hurt you, neglect you, or let you down. I’m a long-term kind of gal. I’ve had…

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