All posts filed under: spirit


Here’s to the new year.


On Fear and Faith

My biggest fear, like many other humans, is the fear of the unknown. Unoriginal, I know. But it absolutely terrifies me to walk into new situations, even the simplest ones. I get a huge rush of anxiety when starting new jobs, going to new schools and traveling to new places. Although I’m a relatively social person (though people falsely mistake my quiet demeanor for shyness on a regular basis), sometimes, meeting new people can incite small bouts of anxiety too. Both of the two times I’ve come to France, I seriously considered not going. Because of this fear. I considered cancelling this most recent move to France every single day leading up to it, on the plane ride over and even in the first couple of days I was here. I sat in my Airbnb on day two, searching madly for flights home. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited for the chance to live in France again and to have the opportunity to spend my first year post-grad traveling and learning a language, but I was equally …

Body Image 101: A Q&A With Blogger Amanda Hoffmann

Amanda Hoffmann is a breath of fresh air in the blogosphere. She writes about positive body image, fashion and faith on The Little Lady Bug. I had the pleasure of asking her a few questions on the topic of body image and she was kind enough to make a video response. You can read the Q&A below or watch the video here: What inspired you to start The Little Lady Bug? Amanda: A couple years ago, I started to follow some popular fashion blogs. I remember one day I was mindlessly scrolling through dozens of pictures of perfectly dressed, skinny, (predominantly blonde) bloggers as I read their posts. Most of the posts were really basic and simply stated what the bloggers were wearing that day. It made me sad to see that these awesome bloggers had this amazing platform wherein so many people would gladly listen to them, but they only ever used their platform to talk about what lipstick color was in that season. I thought that I could do a really similar type of …

Post Grad, Moving to France & Gap Years

I’m moving to France.  Post graduation has been one of the most trying times of my life. I feel like I’ve had several quarter life crises since walking across the stage on graduation day. I miss college and friends and honestly, I don’t feel ready to be an adult. I’ve realized that I don’t want the typical desk job or a 9-to-5. I’ve been thinking a lot the past few months about complacency and I’m terrified to live a life where I just chase money, pay bills and don’t do much of anything else. I get antsy thinking about spending the rest of my life sitting at a desk for 40 hours a week. I feel like I’ve been duped. Growing up, we were always told in school that life really begins after you finish college. But, that’s not true. Life was happening before I finished college and I hope it keeps happening. This summer I’ve had the opportunity to do a fellowship at a newspaper under the Gannett Co./USA Today Network. It’s been an awesome opportunity and …