Hopeless Bromantic

I was never good at loving other men well. As my walk with Christ continued to grow, I learned how important having deep, meaningful relationships with other guys was. It didn’t happen right away for me, but eventually, I learned how to bring down my walls so I could let love in. It wasn’t easy, but God made it possible. That’s just what He does.

It was during a mission trip when I learned it was okay to be honest with other guys and tell them my struggles. I couldn’t stand it at first, I felt uncomfortable and exposed, but it turned out most of the guys I spent the summer with were struggling with the same things I was. I experienced life-changing growth when I allowed myself to open up, to be loved. That’s exactly the way God intended it.

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Until You’re Ready

I’m 22 years old, single, and a Christian. If you know anything about young Christians in today’s society, I appear to be an anomaly.

Why am I still single? What’s wrong with me?

Absolutely nothing. The truth is being single (and Christian) at this age is normal. Yes, there are plenty of young married couples, but just because that’s what we see all over social media doesn’t mean it’s the norm.

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Social Media Minimalism

Minimalism is commonly misconstrued as the radical notion of getting rid of everything you own. However, that is not true—not even close. Minimalism is about living a simple life, one with less stress and more meaning. While getting rid of your tangible clutter is a huge step in the right direction, the minimalist lifestyle can be applied to nearly every aspect of life.

One of those aspects is social media. Social media can be distracting, full of clutter, and downright stressful sometimes. It isn’t all bad though, as it has a multitude of benefits. For example, connecting with like-minded individuals (other minimalists, for example), keeping in touch with relatives and friends who may not live near you, or raising awareness for a campaign or organization.

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Hot Tub in a Lightning Storm

Finals week is upon us. Arguably, the most stressful time of the semester for college students. If any sleep was found during the semester, consider it now lost. Empty bank accounts are put toward energy drinks, coffee, and fast food. Of course, that’s only if you make it out of the library long enough to purchase one of these necessities.

My two roommates are seniors, while I am only a junior, so this is their last run before they walk and in order to prepare for the upcoming week, we took the opportunity to get away. My roommate’s parents own a lake house on Table Rock Lake, so we packed up the car on Friday and left for the weekend.

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Summer Stays

I know what you’re thinking. Based on the title, this a blog post about summer vacation destinations. But this isn’t Expedia, and I’m not a travel agent.

Summer is just around the corner, which means the tears of college students everywhere will soon subside and be quickly replaced by pure elation. Here are five stays to get you to and through the hot summer days:

Stay confident.

You’re almost there. You’ve almost survived another semester. You can do this. You’ll be back again in a few months to do it all over again, but that’s okay. Enjoy your time off and embrace the challenges you face head on.

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Don’t Settle

When you look around, what do you see? An office? A classroom? I see a dim desk lamp and a laptop sitting on top of a minimalistic desk under a flag on the wall that reads, “Keep Exploring”.

In life, I’ve settled for a lot of things I shouldn’t have settled for—as so many people do. I don’t know when it became okay to settle for anything less than what we deserve, but it’s become the new normal.

Why have so many given up? Why have so many lost hope? I want to live my life, I mean really live it. Too many people settle for 9-5 jobs just to come home and eat, sleep and watch Netflix. I don’t see the point in that.

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A Weekend in Arkansas

There’s something special about escaping to nature. There’s something even more special when you get to do it with a group of friends.

Spring break is finally here and there was no better way to kick it off than road tripping three and a half hours to Ponca, Arkansas and the Buffalo National River with 12 friends for a weekend away.

We packed our cars, piled in, and began our adventure. We arrived at our campsite just before sundown, set up camp, then relaxed around the campfire amidst good friends and good conversation.

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Please Turn It Down

In today’s society, we’re bombarded by noise. If we’re not multitasking, we’re wasting time. I noticed this in my own life recently when I switched my major from biology to public relations. I can’t say my new major is less demanding than my old one, it just demands differently. I used to have to spend hours memorizing animal reproductive systems, now I spend my time writing blog posts.

It used to be that I would come home from classes and immediately start working on an assignment due the next day or start studying for a test. Once I made the switch, I had a lot more free time, but I had developed a problem. I was now hardwired to work—constantly. Rather than enjoying my new free time, I stressed myself out over nothing. What should I be working on? What am I forgetting?

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Becoming a Minimalist in College

I am in my third year of college and late last semester I was turned on to the idea of minimalism. Now, being a college student, my life already represented that of a minimalist since I didn’t have much to my name as it was. What would make me want to get rid of the stuff I did have?

The answer is simple. Actually, the answer is simplicity. Even though I already didn’t own much compared to a career man with a house, wife, and kids, I still owned too much. I had clothes I never wore, shoes I hadn’t put on since the day I purchased them, and plenty of other clutter in my life.

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A Summer in Tennessee

Last summer, I lived in the Gateway to the Smokies—Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Gatlinburg is unique, to say the least. The people, the location, the environment—every bit of it. When the opportunity for me to go on a summer mission arose, the Smoky Mountains were not originally my first choice, simply because I knew nothing about them.

There’s a reason Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States. According to National Geographic, GSMNP brings in 10,000,000 visitors annually, which is twice as many as the second most popular U.S. National Park—the Grand Canyon. Needless to say, I was convinced.

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