The Question that Changes Everything

“So I heard there’s this test…” Nine times out of ten, that’s where the conversation veers when I start discussing calling and career. Generally, we know what we like. We know what we’re good at. However, we often look for a neutral third party, an expert, a formula, or something more statistically reliable than inclination…

Sharing the Kitchen

I hate eating alone. Blame it on unresolved middle school fears or my propensity to gobble down food in seconds flat, I do best when dining in the company of others. I find it easy to take a breath, pick up my gaze, and look across the table at the good people sitting next to…

Mood Boosters: The Summer Collection

Falling asleep at the computer? Longing for the sunshine while stuck indoors? Here are three simple ways to bring the joy of summer inside, while staying productive at your 8 to 5. Mix it up. Whether you’re a Pandora fan or a Spotify loyalist, create a mood-boosting playlist or a toe-tapping radio station to keep…

Small Beginnings

Don’t despise the days of small beginnings. The words hit me square between the eyes, at the precise spot where truth seizes both logic and emotion. Although I can claim to enjoy predictability, certainty, and security, I’d rather experience flashes of brilliance, even if accompanied by thunders of terror. Breakthrough. Revelation. Such words stir the soul so…

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…