“Yes, Grandma, I’m Still Single:” Five Quick-Fire Ways to Survive the Holidays with Family

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It’s that time of year yet again where many of us are forced to spend an unnecessary extended amount of time with our families. As a bachelor living over 500 miles away from his family, I find this to be very difficult as for the majority of the year I’m not around the drama and judgment that comes with a big family. Nevertheless, it’s our duty as good ole southerners to put on our “bless your heart” fake smiles and explain over and over again why being 27 and unmarried doesn’t mean something’s wrong with me, and awkwardly interact with our weird cousins with whom we have nothing in common. Here’s how I plan to muster through these holiday family gatherings without going completely insane. Continue reading

Six BASIC Fall Things That Make Me Not Completely Hate This Season #IMissSummer

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To know me is to know that I’m tropical. I was raised in the humidity of New Orleans, LA, I’ve never taken a cold-weather vacation and my mood is definitely less bubbly on days of extreme dismal weather. However, as much as I hate to admit it, there are a few things that come about during the fall months that I can muster up a enough strength to enjoy. Continue reading

The Cosby Show Turns 30: A Look Back at Everyone’s Favorite Moments

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Two days ago marked 30 years since the world was introduced to Cliff,  Claire, Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy Huxtable–the immediate family who made up one of the best family sitcoms of all time, The Cosby Show. From 1984-1992, we were drawn into stories of what it looked like to be a child in an upper middle-class African-American family living in Brooklyn, New York. Thanks to syndication, The Cosbys are a household name spanning over generations who weren’t even born during the show’s original eight season run. Here’s a look back at some of The Cosby Show’s most notable scenes! Continue reading

7 Travel Apps to Never Leave Home Without

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Research, plan, book, prioritize, check-in, reserve–our smartphones do it all as our most trusted and most reliable companions when traveling. Check out these seven travel app must-haves for your iPhone or Android. Continue reading

In Texas, Every Season is Wedding Season: 5 Wedding Guest Rules for Survival

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Last year, 10 weddings, this year, six weddings. Love is definitely in the Texas air. While I enjoy celebrating the nuptials of friends, shaking my groove-thang on the dance floor and sampling spirits from the open bar, for some, the collage of wedding invitations covering their refrigerator door can be rather overwhelming. If that’s you, follow these easy-to-follow rules to get you through the craziest of wedding seasons. Continue reading

Flip a Penny, Pick a Dot: Top 5 Cities for Weekend Getaways

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Lets be real, in a perfect world Paid Time Off would never run out. Although that’s not the case,  don’t let this awful truth suppress your desire to escape the monotony that is your life! Our great country offers many, many vacation spots with accessibility, affordability and entertainment to leave you rejuvenated and ready to return to the grind on Monday. The key is to pick cities with concentrated attractions so that you really get a lot of bang for your buck in a relatively short amount of time! Explore my top choices and let me know your favorite(s)! Continue reading

I Was Made for This: Confessions of A Young Life Leader

Today is our first Young Life club of the school year and the beginning of my second year as a Young Life leader. This start has unexpectedly brought me to a state of reflection for two reasons: it’s the senior year for my YL boys who I’ve been pouring into and I’m amazed at how much Young Life has become a part of my everyday life. When the Lord put it on my heart to serve Him through youth, choosing YL as that outlet was a no-brainer. I was a YL kid in high school, went to camp at Crooked Creek Ranch and I wanted to “pay-it-forward” by investing in kids the way my leaders poured into me. However, unbeknownst  to me, the past year involved so many more complexities than I ever dreamed.

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