It’s Personal

Distance changes things. If you’ve even been at a harried airport or a in a busy downtown square, the scene plays out the same, time and time again. After waving at a person who looks just like your college roommate, you bound closer, only to find yourself embracing a perfect stranger. What looks familiar from…

Traveling Forward

Tonight, I’m packing for a long-anticipated trip to see friends in Nashville. And, in the Mocha Club spirit, I’m packing my yellow mug. Although I don’t have yet have any plans set for chatting about The Ask Project over a mocha with Matt, something about bringing the mug feels right. The gesture breathes optimism, hope,…

Picking up the Megaphone

Yes, I was a cheerleader in high school. Was I the homecoming queen or the first person asked to prom? Not quite. Truthfully, I kinda stuck out like a five-foot-eleven sore thumb, serving as back spotter for all the lifts. From these humble beginnings, I learned to raise my voice. Even when I felt timid….

Take One

Although it’s currently 11:29 p.m. in Lawrence, Kansas, it’s just past 7:00 a.m. in Central Africa. As Matt Wertz wakes up to one of his final cups of joe during the #mochaclubexp trip, it’s time to ask the question, for the first time. [no coffee beans were harmed in the staging of this photo] The…

The Ask Project

Hello again, or hello for the first time. Some of you may be visiting on a redirect from the Mocha Club, while others of you may be stopping by as faithful Everyday Holiday readers. Just to make sure we’re all on the same page, here’s the skinny: I’m embarking on an little endeavor for the…

Dusting off the Dream

Mixing in a bit of vocational psychology, this is a “reblog” from a post I wrote for the Career Services Professionals Group on LinkedIn. Whether helping, managing, or developing people, I believe personal development fuels corporate development.  For many of us, helping others find their calling is our calling. As a fairly new addition to…

Seeing the Same Truth

People seldom fit into logical formulas and dichotomies. Connecting, confronting, and caring in the context of friendship can be challenging, yet extremely rewarding. Of friendship love, Emerson equated the question “Do you love me?” with “Do you see the same truth?” or even “Do you care about the same truth?” Meaningful, lasting friendships are well-tended…

History in Motion

I don’t know where this video has been hiding for the past few years, but it’s a happy discovery today! There’s something completely ordinary, yet wonderfully extraordinary about dance. It’s art that extends from head to toe. It pervades nearly every sense. It defines and describes both culture and history. During a time of year…

The Purveyor of Justice

I never thought I had an obsession with being right. Then I was wronged. After taking faithful steps, praying earnest prayers, and dreaming vivid dreams, life took an unexpected turn. I sacrificed my heart and my future, only to have a feared outcome become an actual reality. I made a big investment, and I lost….

Covered in Red

I live with a proverbial red pen. With this instrument, I edit, analyze, alter, and enhance. I transform what is into a derivative of what I think it should be, what I’ve been told it should be, or what I perceive it to be. After twenty-six years, I think I’m still learning what it means…