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Let’s Talk About Purity Culture

Can we talk about the negative effects of Purity Culture for a bit? As a recently married woman who grew up in the height of the modern Purity Movement and choose to remain a virgin until marriage, I am beginning to see even more reasons why this culture and its...

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Happy Six-Months, My Love!

Happy sixth month anniversary to the love of my life!! I never dreamed marriage could be so sweet, but I guess that‘s what happens when you marry your best friend. ? I’ve absolutely loved our continued traditions of four-hour long coffee dates, spontaneous...

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Justice At Last — Finding Freedom in Divorce

We’ve been preparing for the today for months. Actually, 40 years is probably more accurate. And finally, it is finished. After abandoning my mother six years ago and leaving her financially destitute, bruised, and broken, my father finally decided to file for divorce...

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The Wedding That Wasn’t

April 8th, 2020 I awake to a warm breeze coming from our bedroom deck door brushing against my cheek. It’s a beautiful morning. A momma duck is keeping her baby eggs warm just a few feet away from our deck, the trees are bright purple with tiny flowering buds, and the...

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The High Cost of Speaking Out

One year ago today I gathered every ounce of courage I had and did something that would forever change my writing and public story. I went live on NPR and for the very first time, publicly named my second sexual abuser — my father. Until that day I had been very open...

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Finding Hope in Unconditional Love

“Your past is too much baggage.” It was one of the most hurtful things someone has ever said to me. We had been dating for almost three months and it was a whirlwind relationship with a bond growing fast. He appeared to be everything I wanted: he was a committed...

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What Is Spiritual Leadership?

Today my mom totaled her car in an accident. And I was reminded just how blessed I am. While I was Ubering this afternoon I received a text from my mom saying that she had just totaled her van and asked if either I or Josh would come and help her. My heart stopped for...

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A Love That Counts Forward

A love that counts forward. For nine months my relationship with Joshua has consisted of countdowns. We had a countdown for the first time we would see each other. Then a countdown of how many days we had together when he was visiting in Kansas City. Then there were...

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Visiting Portland

Visiting Portland

This week I flew out to Portland, OR to visit my boyfriend Joshua Anderson. This is only our second time meeting in person since getting matched on Eharmony in December 2018. We had so many adventures this past week, including making plans for him to move to my home...

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The Power of Vulnerability

Brene Brown says that “Vulnerability is not about winning. It’s not about losing. It’s having the courage to show up — when you can’t control the outcome.” Can I be real with you? Romantic relationships scare the living daylights out of me. Like, seriously. Why is...

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