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The Road Not Taken


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

We were all forced to read this poem in High School and give our best interpretation. Though, at that point in our lives the road we were on had been practically paved for most of us. We lived under mom and dad’s roof, the crosswalk kept us in between the narrow lines, and the world did not yet get a hold of our innocence and temptation. We hadn’t experienced the freedom to choose a different path or face a major trial in our lives that consequently chose a path for us. Now however, I think I can finally relate to the words of Robert Frost. I am embarking on the Road less traveled, the road not as appealing at first glance, but the road that will make all the difference. 

There were two roads presented before me. One that I could see by, “looking down one as far as I could, to where it bent in the undergrowth.This was the road I thought I was traveling, the road I had mapped my next 5 years on. But to my surprise, life chose, “the other, just as fair, and having perhaps the better claim, because it was grassy and wanted wear.” There is no telling which road is “best.” In fact, Robert Frost was not favoring one over the other. Rather he argues that, no matter which path you take, be committed to follow it wherever it may lead for, “you could not travel both.” 

And so, I’ll save the first for another day, the plans I made for myself, and the expectations I set. Because it is time to embark on the road less traveled, the road that “wanted wear,” because this road has a plan for me. A plan I may not yet see but, will soon make all the difference. 

Our choices, both big and small, shape the journey we find ourselves on in this life. In some instances, like mine, life may have made the decision for you. But maybe that was God pushing me out of my comfort zone knowing I would have remained on the paved road if it were up to me, never seeing what the road less traveled had to offer. Whatever road you may be traveling, walk it with purpose, pride, and strength. And know that the decisions we make and trails we face sets us upon a path specifically designed for us. So, if you find yourself on the road less traveled, refrain from turning around. We may not understand the importance of this change in direction until we walk this path a little further.



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Vet on Southwest

Vet on Southwest

A few weeks ago, I found myself tightly squeezed between a couple on a Southwest airlines flight from Spokane, WA to Denver, CO. Most of us when we enter a plane, do everything in our power to avoid a middle seat. This day however, was an acceptation. On this day, this middle seat was the best seat on the plane. This seat introduced me to a Vietnam vet named Rich. I wrote the words below shortly after my conversation with Rich, so that I could always remember the wisdom, stories, and advice he poured into me on that two-hour flight. You can call these events a ‘coincidence’ or you can choose to see them as a nod from the man upstairs, placing a person in your path at the right time, right place, right when you didn’t know you needed it…


As I write this now, I can’t help but think of all the things that had to go right for my memorable conversation with Rich to have taken place.

  1. My volleyball team plays a tournament in Pullman, WA but flys out of the Spokane airport.
  2. Flight gets delayed by several hours. We almost switch our flight with a destination to San Jose but ultimately choose to stay on the original flight.
  3. Rich makes the decision to take a trip with his wife to Spokane, WA and book this same flight that I was on.
  4. Out of 150 seats, I choose this middle seat, near the front of the plane to make my connecting flight to Nashville, TN.

Rich is a 73-year-old Vietnam Vet, retired accountant, father to 7, grandpa to 12, and husband to his wife of 55 years. He was a pilot during Vietnam who had been shot down twice by North Vietnamese soldiers. He told me stories of him on daily missions to restock supplies of gear, ammo, and soldiers at U.S and ally bases. Rich choked up as he told me a story of an attempt he made to rescue his fellow soldier who was injured on enemy lines. Rich made a risky move to fly his helicopter toward the solider which unfortunately, resulted in his aircraft being shot down, putting Rich’s life in danger.

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”- John 15:13 and Rich was willing to do just that. He remembered every second as he told me this story but I could tell it was getting hard for him to continue. He was vividly reliving this memory, he was seeing the helicopter crash again, he heard the soldier’s voice, he felt the pain of wounds, and the beating of his heart. Just this time we weren’t in Vietnam. But he had a way with story-telling that allowed him to transform that Southwest flight with his words, making me feel like I was right there with him in 1971.

I began to tear up when I looked at Rich and visualized this event. They were just a bunch of kids doing a job chosen for them by the draft. A job unlike any other for the sole benefit of our country. Risking their lives daily, hoping to see another day, enough days that would allow them to return home.

I asked Rich about the food they ate in Vietnam. He said he thought it was pretty good but admitted, he never knew any better. He explained growing up with 4 brothers and a limited menu at home living near the poverty line raised him to take what you can get. The weather was tough, he remembered. Hot, humid, and a lot of rain. Rich described the significance of the underground tunnels used by Viet Cong soldiers as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication, supply routes, weapon caches and living quarters for numerous North Vietnamese fighters. He also explained the catastrophe that was the creation and use of IEDs by Viet Cong. These underground bombs were strategically planted out of sight to the naked eye, becoming a lethal weapon in the war. “They were terrible, you couldn’t spot them,” Rich explained.

Rich made it very clear to me that he never wanted to kill anyone. He shared a story of how he’d be in his helicopter and he would hold his 40-caliber out the door and shoot nothing. “I don’t even kill spiders in my house,” Rich said. But if it ever came down to the life of his brothers in uniform or the threat to our freedom in land of stars and stripes, you’d have a right to be afraid of Rich. I could tell right then and there that Rich had the biggest heart and love for this country. “You have to fight for what you believe in and you have to work hard in this life,” Rich told me.

He was a very wise man. It was like listening to someone who had the book of life in his hands. Every chapter of your life, he had the answer to how to navigate the challenge. These were a few things he taught me: “be a good person. Invest, prepare for the tough times so don’t run yourself mad feeling unprepared when they come. And I’ll tell you what, this is a great country.” He told me to keep an open mind with what I wanted to do in the future, that “nothing is absolute. But whatever you do, be the best at it.”

Rich amazed me with his stories and his life. How he became an accountant after the war. How he managed at 73 years of age to have absolutely no regrets. How he loved, worked, served, trusted, and provided.

So, what did I take away from this conversation with Rich, the Vietnam vet on my Southwest airlines flight? You have maybe 100 years on this earth, if you’re lucky, and then it’s over. What are you going to do with it? Rich reminded me to chase my dreams and not to limit myself to accomplishing just one thing in this precious life. He taught me to take chances and not to give up when the circumstances are hard. To take care of yourself, your partner, children, career, and do it with grace so that you don’t live in resentment for times you don’t get back. And lastly, Rich reminded me of how lucky we are to live in this country with brave men and women fighting for our freedom.

Thank you for your service, Rich.


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Feelin’ Twenty-Two

I’m Feelin’ Twenty-Two

Well, you heard it here first, I am a whole year older. 22 feels a lot different than 21. 21 was exciting because it meant so long kids table at family dinners, so long life without happy hours, and so long to… well ya know, that thing that used to get you into bars. It seems like every year after 21, society chases you with questions like, “what do you want to do after college?” “Do you have a job lined up,” or “are you seeing anyone?” and “are they the one?” If you’re anything like me, you probably don’t have those answers lined up. And hey, that’s okay sister!

This blog is for people like me and you, if you can relate even in the slightest to not having it all figured out. Sometimes we need people in our lives who have walked the road we’re on before us, to lend a flashlight to what seems like a dark and undiscovered path. My hope is to bring you these people to help you keep walking. Whether you’re 22 or 72, we all can use a friend to walk with us through life with a Christian perspective.

Here’s what I can offer you today, the things I have learned in my 22 years. First, your hardest days will supply you with armor for the best days. What do I mean?  Well, have you ever known what it feels like at your lowest? Schools not going well. Your boyfriend dumps you, you lose a friend, tough practice, injured, and the list goes on. Well, in these moments you’re gaining custom armor. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”- James 1:2-4. The key part of this verse is this, “let perseverance finish its work.” That’s the tough part. In your lowest moment, darkest hour, and worst day God is working. Trust in this truth and let Him finish the work. Don’t give up on yourself, your job, your life, school, sports, that relationships, or your faith. I promise you; a brighter day is coming. It may not come as soon as you’d like but it will. You have to believe it and work to find the light at the end of the tunnel. You are gaining your armor. The next obstacle that comes your way will have no chance against you, take it from me.

Second, invest in friendships. Losing a friend stinks and having that large group of semi-close friends won’t fulfill our human desire for connection. “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”- Proverbs 18:24. Find your people and invest in those relationships. Loads of people will come and go in our lives. Don’t let those that mean the most to you slip away simply because you forget to text or call. Send that birthday message, book that flight, wish a happy anniversary, and congratulate that person on their big accomplishment. These small actions will go a long way. When life gets tough, you’ll need those friends. When life is so good, you’ll wish you had them by your side to share the moment.

Third, be kind. Yeah, I know, your mom has been telling you this since birth. But really, be kind to people. You don’t want to look back on your time here and think, ‘man I could have been a lot nicer to Susie, and Charlotte, and maybe Nicole.’ You don’t get those moments back with the people you cross paths with in life. So even if it means taking the high road, just be nice my friend. You’ll be happy with the person in the mirror when our time on earth runs out. And if it’s not too late, say you’re sorry. I know for some that is a big pill to swallow but soon it will feel like taking Advil for a massive headache, the pain of pride will go away. “Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High”- Luke 6:35.

Lastly, time goes by fast, so don’t waste it. Let the petty stuff go and enjoy this beautiful life God has given you. I am not perfect and many days I find myself selfishly ignoring all that He has blessed me with. So much that I do not deserve, so much I could never have obtained on my own, and so much good that often goes unseen to the naked eye. We don’t get a second chance on this earth, so as I like to say, “full send.” Buy those concert tickets you’ve been saving for. Dance in the rain on a Saturday night with your bestie. Go on the date you’ve been putting off. Laugh at your own jokes, cry with a friend, and don’t forget to call mom. Wherever life takes you, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go”- Joshua 1:9. We’ve got the best compass on our side, start the adventure!

I may not be the smartest tool in the shed but I hope these few things that I have learned during the roads I’ve been on will help you in your path. Here’s to feelin’ twenty-two!






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Road I’m OnWalking through life with a Christian perspective.

Your destination for a friendly lifestyle blog with the values of Christianity at the core of discussions. The blog will consist of guest appearances from individuals in all phases of life such as: dating, motherhood, career, college, etc. These discussions will be relatable, vulnerable, humorous and helpful to readers who may be experiencing these same life milestones. Our intention is not to put a scripture band-aid on a battle wound. Rather, it is an invitation for a virtual friendship as we experience the ups and downs of life together while holding tight to faith.

Behind The Creation

As a young Christian trying to figure out the world around me, I find myself at times lacking mentorship when life throws me a curve ball. Society tends to separate religion from lifestyle, but I believe faith should be at the core of all that we tackle. The inspiration of this blog is to welcome a wide variety of readers at any stage of life to listen, learn, laugh, and grow together.

Branding Significance

I am in my early twenties and have already experienced so much in my life. I’ve faced loss, battled mental health, tough breakups and much more. I have questions about the future of politics, career, finances, relationships, and much more. I have struggled with my faith during tough stages in my life, when it seems almost impossible to understand what God is doing. A pastor once said, “a life without faith, is no life at all.” I strongly believe that each road we are on will fulfill a purpose. This platform will allow me to bring in individuals who have traveled on these bumpy roads, to humbly discuss the best ways to conquer the road you’re on with a Christian view.

Leave you with this 🙂

The trials we face shape who we become, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4).

Keep walking my friend 🙂


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