You don’t marry a gender; you marry a person. And yet the majority of Christian marriage books dole out advice based on gender stereotypes: “men need adventure,” “women need security,” “men like quiet time,” “women process verbally,” “men crave respect and control,” “women crave love and emotional intimacy,” “men are like microwaves,” “women are like ovens.” But even before we got married, Dan and I realized that just as often as we fit these generalities, we don’t. Dan knows I’d prefer tickets to a football game over a nice piece of jewelry and that too much security and not enough adventure leaves me feeling bored. I know that Dan is better at nurturing friendships than I am and thrives creatively when he has the chance to collaborate with other people.

So for all of this talk of men being “wired” one way and women being “wired” another, we have found, as Micah Murray puts it, that “wires are for robots.” We are human beings, and we relate to one another better when we stop expecting the other person to behave in a prescribed, programmed way but instead talk openly with one another about our actual desires, preferences, hopes, and expectations.


Rachel Held Evans, 10 Marriage Reality Checks (via thehollowinyourchest)

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aquaintance-zoned asked:
it's nice to find others from north carolina, I'm from the coast :) Awesome blog btw

Yahh, like outer banks coast? That’s awesome! I’m from Greenville, and going to school here. But thank you!!


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Practice Makes Perfect...

Today, as I was sitting through hours of work and class, I doodled and practiced my hand lettering, while paying attention, of course. I can multitask ;) Normally I have a hard time with deciding on a design and/or format for composing words on a page, but today I just decided to try this circular format (which is one of my signature moves, I suppose), with the letters being enveloped inside of it. I chose the short phrase “Trust in the Lord” so that it would be legible, yet still decorative. I played around with contrasting the two sides of the circles with the swirly texture / pattern vs. the negative space and linear type. 

If enough interest is shown, I may start selling these types of prints with inspiring quotes or verses to be framed or put on t-shirts! Leave a comment on this blog post to let me know what you think!

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