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Esther 4:14

Just a few weeks ago I was scrolling through Pinterest on a night that I had nothing to do, and I stumbled upon a bible verse that hasn’t left my mind.  Esther 4:14 says, “Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created.”  Something about that verse made my eyes fill with tears, […]

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To the “Good Kids”

Do you want to know something? Beer smells really bad. I’m not 100% sure why anyone would want to drink something that smells that bad. But, to each his own, that’s not the point I’m trying to get across. In a mere three months I am turning the ripe old age of nineteen, and when […]

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My Flashlights

  Hunter Hayes, Flashlight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1NpYwMU0s8 The last 24 hours of my life have left me completely heartbroken. A horrible disease has found its way to my Papa, and there’s nothing in this world that he ever did to deserve it. No one ever deserves this. It’s unfair, it’s brutal, and it’s deeply, deeply heartbreaking. I’ve […]

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Summer ’16

Have you ever been so afraid of leaving something behind, only to find out in hindsight that life had so much in store for you? I feel like most people have experienced this to some extent, but in the month since I became a high school graduate I have never seen it shine this bright. […]

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In the Face of Tragedy

On May 22, 2011 an EF5 tornado ripped through the town of Joplin, Missouri. The storm devastated the city, killing 161 people and injuring thousands of others. Joplin is an hour away from my hometown of Springfield, Missouri, and five years ago I watched that storm unfold on the TV in my house. I watched […]

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An Open Letter to the Class of 2017

Dear Class of 2017, Right now your senior summer is about to kick off, and you’re probably feeling unstoppable; I know I did at this point last year. You probably feel like you have all the time in the world to make memories with your best friends. You probably feel like you don’t need to […]

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Purpose

Last night I fell asleep to the sound of my school-issued laptop whirring loudly as it tried to save all of my files to a flash drive. All of my essays, photos, concert videos, yearbook planning lists, and so many more memories were stored on that laptop. It held my entire senior year in its hard […]

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In Between

Hey everyone- just wanted to give a big thank you to all┬áthat have offered any amount of support to me this week. I spoke at commencement tonight, and right now I’m not in the state to reflect on it, so I decided to let you read over my speech for a few days until I […]

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Excelsior

  Last year, on an unprecedentedly cold winter night, I sunk into the couch in my living room, opened up Netflix, and pressed play on Silver Linings Playbook. That movie ended up introducing me to my favorite word: Excelsior. Latin in origin, it is the motto of the state of New York, and it means, […]

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After

For some reason unbeknown to myself, I am currently sobbing my eyes out while sitting on my bedroom floor. The explanation for my current predicament could be due to the fact that I have been running on three hours of sleep all day. It could also be due to the fact that my entire life […]