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Month: January 2018

Through the Waves

Through the Waves

There was this one spot at our hotel in Haiti I found myself constantly drawn to. A stone wall with large concrete steps leading down to the beach. Ants were always crawling around and it was right in the sun’s path, but it was quiet and had an amazing view of the ocean. Over the course of the week we spent in Haiti, I probably sat at that spot for a solid 5 hours, just watching the waves come crashing…

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Haiti: An Anthology

Haiti: An Anthology

Last week, I embarked on my third trip to Haiti. This trip was the most challenging but most rewarding one yet. My heart has never been so simultaneously full and yet so broken. The only regret I have about this trip is that it ended. Before I go any deeper, I need to say this: whatever words you may read or pictures you see can never come close to doing this trip justice. To fully understand why Haiti left such…

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Father’s Day

Father’s Day

Father’s Day is one of the hardest days of the year for me. Like so many people, I don’t have a father to celebrate on that day. My step-dad is a wonderful man and I know he cares for my family as if we were his blood family, but there’s still a hole in my heart no one can fill. I should clarify, my dad is still alive. I just no longer have any desire to associate myself in any…

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Worth the Drive

Worth the Drive

Summer, the season of travel. A time for vacations and travel aplenty. It seems everyone goes away for at least a weekend trip sometime throughout this season of warmth and sunshine. This certainly is true for myself this year. A family vacation to Florida followed shortly by round 3 of Haiti both occupy a spot in my book for this summer. Also amongst my travel plans over the summer was a road trip to see a friend last week. On…

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Where I Am

Where I Am

Earlier this week marked the 5th anniversary of my high school graduation. Those 5 years have flown by and a lot has happened to me in that span of time. With this milestone in life has come a lot of reflection on these past few years. Honestly, it’s pretty easy to look at where I’m at in life and not feel happy with where I’m at. Most of the people I graduated high school with are now graduating from college….

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Bigger Than Me

Bigger Than Me

We’re all on a quest to find satisfaction. This need to find something that makes us feel alive is so deeply ingrained in us that we will go to any length to obtain that satisfaction and hold on to it for dear life. For me, the most fulfilling form of satisfaction comes from being part of something bigger than me. Like most folks, I want to see the world change. But it goes deeper than just some hopeful wish for…

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Be a Jordan

Be a Jordan

Last week, my best friend moved away. It was something that had been in the works for a few months, but actually having the move come and go has been rough for me. In the time since my friend confirmed the move would be happening, I’ve thought about our friendship a lot – how it started, why it works, and how it developed into the greatest friendship I’ve had, bar none. After spending a lot of time with each other,…

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Season of the Storm

Season of the Storm

This past week, we had a pretty intense storm roll through town. Rain noisily peppered the rooftop of the warehouse I work at, thunder boomed throughout the day, and the wind howled with threats of a tornado. While the storm paused for a few moments, it persisted through the majority of the day. I feel like that storm accurately depicts my life right now. Real talk, the phase I’m in hasn’t been the easiest. Between work, school, and church, I…

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False Voices

False Voices

My senior year of high school, I had to make a short movie for my AP Literature class. I recruited my then-girlfriend and another good friend and proceeded to make one very terrible movie. Honestly, the only good part about that movie was the time spent with friends while making it. At some point, we decided to watch some of the footage. Then-girlfriend made a comment about how she hated how her voice sounds in recordings. I thought she sounded…

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Gimme a Break

Gimme a Break

Have you ever been burnt out on something you love? Whether it’s an activity, hobby, or job, the knowledge that you’ve lost the passion for that special thing sucks. I recently had an encounter with this type of situation and it was a rough patch to go through. I’m pretty heavily involved in my church and have been for a while now – today actually marks my 3 year serve-aversary. I started volunteering in our kids department and now I…

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