the cake.

"She just doesn't like it." These words were said when I passed on a piece of cake at a recent birthday dinner I attended. And to be honest, it's why for years I always stayed home from birthday dinner outings. Recently, I shared -- quite excitedly -- with my husband about how proud I was … Continue reading the cake.

the velveteen rabbit.

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit. "Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt." "Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?" "It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes … Continue reading the velveteen rabbit.

hi, i’m tamara.

"What does it feel like?" he asked, while we hiked along Bear's Den through the pine needles and summer humidity. Strange. We'd only been friends for about 2 hours and 45 minutes, but I'd already told him some of my darkest secrets. Hesitating while I searched for the right words, I realized he was the … Continue reading hi, i’m tamara.

hi, i’m muriel.

A note on this work: I have always secretly wanted the experience of sitting in a coffee shop writing a blog post. At the age of 25, I am proud to have achieved that life goal. “Time, as it grows old, teaches all things.” - Aeschylus Stuck in time. Those are the words that intuitively … Continue reading hi, i’m muriel.

neda week.

National Eating Disorder Awareness week (February 25 to March 3) is an interesting time for those of us with eating disorders. A lot of people "come out." A lot of people share recovery stories. A lot of people talk to their friends and family members about signs that they have an ED. A lot of … Continue reading neda week.

more and more.

"As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more... Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you,for you yourselves have … Continue reading more and more.

taking care.

This past week was Valentine's Day. It's probably my LEAST favorite holiday because it is so commercialized and I'm not big on fancy dinners or gifts. However, it is a good time to think about love: loving God, loving your self, and loving others. While the first one typically comes easy to those who believe, … Continue reading taking care.

because of your faith.

"And so you became a model to all the believers...The Lord's message rang out from you...your faith in God has become known everywhere." - 1 Thessalonians 1:7-8 "In all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith." - 1 Thessalonians 3:7 This week I have been reading through 1 Thessalonians … Continue reading because of your faith.

a safeguard.

This week I have been reading through Philippians, and I love how each time I visit a passage I get something new out of it -- generally depending on my circumstances and God knowing what I need to hear that day. Oftentimes I skim those introductory opening verses because they aren't really the "meat" of … Continue reading a safeguard.

control.

Ten years ago I left a college in Florida that I had attended for three semesters. I returned home to Virginia to start school at George Mason University in January of 2009. I was a nervous wreck. I constantly questioned why I had been brought back home, whether Mason was the right place for me, … Continue reading control.