Personal Growth, Perspective

Choosing Faith Over Fear, Even When You’re Broken

I’ve been quiet lately. I’ve been filling my mixed media journal with paintings that have no words. I’ve been struggling to find ways to speak and pray about what is going through my mind. Right now, I’m broken. Before I launched Gritty Faith Magazine, one of the things that weighed on my mind was how …

Fertility, Foster Care & Adoption

Life with Secondary Unexplained Infertility

A couple of days ago, I came across a post that said, “Infertility after kids – Just because someone is blessed to have one child doesn’t mean that secondary infertility is an easy pill to swallow.” That right there sunk into the bottom of my heart and stayed there.  I have been dealing with this …

Personal Growth, Perspective

All It Takes Is Faith and Trust – Learning How to Love Yourself – Through the lens of a Boudoir Photographer

As a kid, my favorite Disney movie was Peter Pan. Something about the idea of never growing up, eschewing society’s predetermined course of your life, raising a giant middle finger to “the rules” and instead, swimming with mermaids and fighting pirates…it really ignited something deep inside me. The idea that, with just some faith and …

Perspective

Turns Out I Had a Brain Tumor – How I Learned to Advocate for Myself

In February of 2016, I started to notice my weight gain and lethargy.  I approached my doctor about it but he was not concerned and simply told me to eat well and workout, both of which I was already doing but I brushed this off as starting to lose my “good metabolism” at age 25. …

Perspective

Realizing I’m a Tad Crunchy

Urban dictionary defines crunchy as a person who has adjusted or altered their lifestyle for environmental reasons. See also, Modified derivative of granola. I would have never referred to myself as a crunchy mom before today, but my post quarantine self can’t deny the similarities my life shares with the status quo crunchy gal. I …

Fertility, Foster Care & Adoption

The Infertility Story – a Couples Journey to IVF

Six years ago, I met the man of my dreams and we spent our years of dating getting to know one another, loving one another, and strengthening our connection. In October of 2018 we had a gorgeous wedding where we were surrounded by those we care for and love deeply. It was the most incredible …