Little Old Me

I wrote an essay my junior year of high school that changed my life. I wouldn’t say it’s the most profound thing I’ve ever written, but the review I got from a college essay critic changed everything about me. They wrote something like, “I have been a teacher for so-and-so years, and I have neverContinue reading “Little Old Me”

To Be A Woman

To you, there is no limit. Not because you have it all, or because you have nothing to lose. There is a boundless opportunity to seize greatness because the Greatest loves you. Before stepping out in faith, step into the woman your Creator calls you to. He knows your name. And He calls you byContinue reading “To Be A Woman”

Stepping into Yourself

Believe it or not, I was always quiet in school. I followed rules really well, and the thought of getting in trouble gave me anxiety. Going through the dreaded puberty made me somewhat uncomfortable in my own skin, and I didn’t really step into myself until I was a junior in high school. I rememberContinue reading “Stepping into Yourself”

Change in Trajectory

We’re reaching the end of January, and you know what? I feel it. This year is going to be it. Here’s a recap of Janelle’s (that’s me) life: Five years ago I married my best friend. Evan is my favorite person on this earth, and being a total dork with him beats doing anything elseContinue reading “Change in Trajectory”

A Letter to Myself

I love to write letters. I love to write them for the people I love; it’s my way of showing appreciation, encouragement, love. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. I am also my greatest critic. I don’t write letters of love and encouragement to myself because…that’s an unusual thing to do. Until now.Continue reading “A Letter to Myself”

Applicable in the Kingdom: My Three Roadblocks

“GIRLS – You wouldn’t have been given these passions if they weren’t applicable in the KINGDOM.” – Esther Houston – Instagram My husband and I sat down and had a heart-to-heart the other night. I’ve been feeling sucker punches lately; reminders of how hard it seems to have a dream and wanting to pursue it.Continue reading “Applicable in the Kingdom: My Three Roadblocks”

Guilt, Shame, & My New Name

I have a long list of complaints. I have a list of wishes and wants. I have a list of pleas. I’ve spent the first few weeks of 2016 taking care of me. Chopping my hair off, painting my fingernails, buying a new pair of jeans, flossing my teeth daily, putting make up on andContinue reading “Guilt, Shame, & My New Name”