Spanning Decades

My office is a short commute from where I live… approximately 15 steps upstairs. It was one of the first things that drew us to this house: separate workspaces for both my husband and myself, plus extra room for guests. There are days when I stop to drink it all in. I am doing what…

Do the Thing

Nashville experienced a rare fall weather day in the middle of winter last weekend, so my husband and I had lunch on the lake. We spent time reading and soaking up vitamin D. I chose an old, unread book that had been collecting dust on various shelves for 15+ years. I’d finally finished all the…

El Roi & El Shâma

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” –Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Quiet. It’s my most favorite sound. For the past two weeks, I’ve had the most glorious sleep. Coming off a long…

Ready, Set…

I began writing this twenty minutes south of Atlanta, preparing to leave my parents’ home. As a college student who’d started coming and going over the holidays, I remember talking to a friend of mine who was ten years older. “Leaving never gets easier,” she said. We started the day around the breakfast table, drinking…

Joy Rebel

There’s a childhood song that bounced around my head the other day: “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, down in my heart. (Where?) Down in my heart! (Where?) Down in my heart!” It made me sit a minute and wrestle with the word that’s held so much meaning for me this year. As I’ve shared…

On the Hunt for Lovely

Hi. My name is Amanda and I am Annie Downs‘ #1 fan. With every word she writes, I want to call her up and invite her to dinner because we have so much in common and I feel like we would be the best of friends. In a totally non-creepy way, of course. After finishing…

A Godwink Birthday

I woke up in my own Tennessee bed this morning after spending Thanksgiving in Alabama and my birthday in Georgia. Leading up to the holiday, I started a study on Giving Thanks — in joy, in sorrow and suffering, in work, in rest, in plenty and in want. Through this, I’ve learned that Thanksgiving isn’t…

To Everything, Turn

I’ve let work “get in the way” of going to the gym lately. I blame the time change, how dark it gets at 4pm, how dreary it is in the mornings. My bag of excuses is endless. One of my new favorite podcasts is The Accidental Creative with Todd Henry. He recently interviewed James Clear,…

Got a Light?

I recall waking up with an air of excitement and gratitude. I even had a moment where I felt “I’m back!” But a few hours later, I found myself browsing my closet with familiar whispers saying, “Why bother? Nothing looks good on you.” The difference is I’m now equipped with an arsenal of comebacks. I…

An Honest Conversation

Every year around our anniversary, the man that married my husband and I will call to check in. I have known him most of my life, plus he’s a fellow creative, so it feels far less like a pastor calling and much more like catching up with an old friend. He asked how I was…