essays

hungry for hope

The January wind bit my face as I emerged from the subway onto the empty streets of lower Manhattan. It was 5:28 on a Monday morning, and I was on my way to volunteer for the first time at the New York City Rescue Mission.

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jobs in your 20s are a means, not an end

How do we work through our expectations of dream jobs and fulfilling work, while not giving up hope that those things are still out there?

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nobody struggles with perfectionism

When we talk about struggling with perfectionism, what we really struggle with are our imperfections. 

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God can't work if you won't start

So many of us spend our lives waiting around for God to do something. Instead, God calls us to get started and works through us to accomplish His plan.

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a calling isn't telling God what you want to do

While it sounds nice to have a calling to a certain career or vocation, we often use that word as a cover so that we can tell God what we really want to do with our lives.

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loving your community means you have to stop using it

This lesson explores the phrase "I Love New York," by asking the question: am I using my community to serve me, or am giving of myself to serve my community? 

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a thirst for more will always leave you thirsty

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your limits lead you to God

How do you balance the unlimited opportunities around you with the limits that every human has? 

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relationships are by grace alone

You can't ever do enough to deserve a relationship from God. Instead, a relationship is gift of God's grace. This simple truth transforms how you live and pursue relationships.

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life is an experiment, not a masterpiece

Switching from a masterpiece mindset to an experiment mindset frees you up to live life and learn about yourself.

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the opposite of uncertainty is certainty, but faith

“What in the world am I doing here?” It was 3am, on my first night in New York City, and that question reverberated through my head. I was laying on the tile floor of my empty Brooklyn bedroom, trying to fall asleep.

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you can't have it all

Eight years at McKinsey, and then Harvard Business School!" I read. Ugh, I felt so far behind. I was browsing the bios of a company that a friend had been hired at, and I couldn't help but wonder, did I get on the wrong path somewhere?

some days everything changes

Some days everything changes. God doesn’t tell us when those days will be; usually they just happen. For my family, January 2, 2001, was one of those days.

shout your abortion

“Challenge the stigma around abortion,” the speaker urged from the small, makeshift stage. “These fucking politicians keep these laws in place because there is a stigma, a stigma around abortion.”

the things on which dreams are made

After an earlier rain storm, the afternoon sun poked through the clouds at the track stadium in Sapele, Nigeria, the site of the 2016 Nigerian Olympic Trials. The 400m mens finalists approached the starting blocks as the crowd stirred with anticipation. 

one day at a time: an essay about my mom

Something didn’t seem right. It was an early spring day during my freshman year of high school, and as I walked home from school I realized that my parents had recently been making a lot of trips to Kansas City. 

 

the nine types of crushes you have in nyc

It’s summertime in New York City, which means there are lots of parties and picnics and other events where you can meet new friends.