Why You Must Craft Your Own Reality

I almost titled this, “The post in which I get real.” Because here’s the thing: It’s easy to write a post targeting X reader about Y project.  It’s simple to write a cookie-cutter article sharing five steps toward accomplishing Z. Seriously, after 800+ articles and dozens of books, I can do that in my sleep. […]

4 Ways You’ll Change Traveling Abroad (Guest Post)

This guest post comes from Saige Connelly, a high school student wise beyond her years. I was fortunate enough to have Saige apprentice with me last year as part of her high school’s curriculum requirements. Below, Saige flexes her writing muscles and shares some things she learned traveling abroad. — “Only so much do I […]

What Every Teen Should Know: Epic Advice for New Graduates | Book

My first day of high school was a bit more intense than average, I think. Having transferred from a small Christian school, I was overwhelmed with the sights and sounds of public school. Piercings. Short skirts. Swear words. Talk of drugs and sex and all sorts of things I’d never been exposed to growing up. […]

On Photographs (or, What Will 2012 Bring?)

This quarter, I am taking just one class: memoir writing.  In it, we were instructed to choose a photograph—any photograph—which we are to later write a reflective essay on.  Instantly, I thought of this photo: One of my favorite snapshots of our time in the Dominican Republic, this picture captures a lot of things for […]

Courage Is the Thing, You Know?

I recently read Matthew Kelly’s The Book of Courage, which contains pages and pages of quotes on the subject of courage.  (Interesting fact: Kelly has been compiling these quotes since he was seventeen years old!) At first, I didn’t really “get” why courage was such an important topic.  I mean, I understood why a person would want to […]

Some Thoughts About Travel

The People’s Committee Building, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, during Tet holiday It’s official: It’s been too long since I’ve traveled. I do realize that I flew to Boise a little over a week ago, but that doesn’t really count, now does it?  I’m talking real travel.  The what-is-this-stuff-I’m-eating, talking-with-hand-guestures, everything-is-totally-new-and-different sort of travel. For […]