ban.do’s got friends

“HI HI!” began the most recent email from ban.do founder Jen Gotch. “So I feel like we’re good enough friends now . . .” she continued. I know, I’m the most special person ever to be getting such a kind, personal email from the founder of my favorite company, right? Well, yes and no. Yes, because I…

Fired (With A Side of Fries)

Suddenly there’s a silver lining to a very unfortunate situation, and its name is the Whopper. Burger King’s ‘Whopper’ has been the company’s main source of advertising fun for quite a while. Some of you may remember a campaign Burger King launched on Facebook in 2009 in which users had to delete 10 friends to…

Totality

I never truly knew how much life on Earth was worth. Is there life in some other universe, or somewhere unexplored in ours? I may not live to know the answer, if we ever find one. But if there is, I hope they have mountains. I hope they have oceans and rivers and lakes. I…

Finals Feelings: Sophomore Edition

As my sophomore year of college comes to a close, I am not quite sure how to put my feelings into words. I am confident I could show you how I feel through facial expressions–you’d see the biggest smile and the fattest tears. Ask anyone who went to the last Cru meeting of the semester,…

Perfect Love

Surrounded. Surrounded by girls like me, hurt but hopeful. A tight circle, legs crossed, hugging knees, touching arms. A closeness I’d never felt before in 20 years, a closeness I’ve yet to feel again since that night. Surrounded by boys standing around us, shoulder-to-shoulder, enclosing us in the circle. I call them boys, but I mean…

Childlike Wonder

Let us not lose that childlike wonder, no matter how many times we hear of the glory of God.

A Lesson on Fullness: Fear

What does it mean to live a full life? That’s the word I’m trying to focus on in 2017–full. What does it take to achieve something so vast? A life that is not a quarter or a half full, but to-the-brim full. Overflowing even. I’m nearly 2 months into a new year and I’ve lost…

Nightmares

This is a time of need. A need of a wake-up call and a realization that our fear is capable of tearing this country apart and our hope is capable of holding it together and allowing it to push forward. The voice of one man does not define us. HOPE defines us.

October: Pressing Pause

Pause. Rewind. I can’t pinpoint what started it. Food poisoning, heat, repetition. Heightened emotions, arguments, relaxing weeks, but repetition. Too much food, not enough food, not enough exercise, and repetition. Has anything changed in four weeks? I haven’t. When we accept Christ, we are new creations. We leave our old selves behind and try to…

Meet Me At Starbucks

Every day I wake up craving a Salted Caramel Mocha. I know I can’t afford to give in to that craving and pay the $4 for it more than once or twice a month, especially when I drink it like it’s water (as in, it’s gone about a minute after the barista puts it in…

What Makes a Subaru a Subaru?

“There isn’t any significant difference between the various brands of whiskey, or cigarettes or beer. They are all about the same. And so are the cake mixes and the detergents, and the margarines… The manufacturer who dedicates his advertising to building the most sharply defined personality for his brand will get the largest share of…