Category: Through My Lens

Cheerleaders don’t always wear uniforms

I recently posted on social media about a dream I’m pursuing. The outpouring of support I received was overwhelming, nearly knocking the wheels of my computer chair right out from under me. Since that day, I’ve reflected on how it felt to receive encouragement, and I’ve come to the conclusion that that’s the type of person I want to be. […]

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The best advice is what you make of it

I was at a loss for what to write this month, so naturally, I searched Google for column prompts. One of the first things I stumbled upon was a New York Times article titled, “650 prompts for narrative and personal writing.” It sounded intriguing, so I clicked on it. The article grouped questions by category, for example, “overcoming adversity,” “role […]

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There’s more to fishing than just fish

There’s more to fishing than just fish

The waves shimmered like glass, glistening with light shining through broken clouds reflecting on the water’s surface. In the distance, mountains kissed the sea, their borders hazy, making it difficult to discern where one stopped and the other began. It was silent. Calm. Peaceful. We traveled by boat into the channel for an afternoon of fishing. Our wind-whipped hair streamed […]

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Cheering for the losing Royals

Cheering for the losing Royals

I took this photo of Lorenzo Cain in Seattle last summer. It sure was easy cheering for the Royals in 2015, wasn’t it? Unfortunately, these days it’s been a little difficult. Kansas City is off to a 7-20 start, which places them dead last in the American League Central, 7.5 games back of division-leading Cleveland. Through 26 games, the Royals […]

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Growing stronger takes risk

Growing stronger takes risk

I like to think I’m learning to be brave. These last few months, I’ve branched out and done some things I normally wouldn’t do, like facilitating a small group and speaking to a classroom of middle school students. But I’m also learning something else about myself. I tend to only agree to try something if I have a fairly good […]

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A start: Choose to be kind

Note: This column was first published in the Feb. 1, 2017, Hillsboro Free Press. But although I wrote it a year ago, it’s still relevant today. Sometimes life is just hard, especially this time of year, the weight of personal and others’ pain weighing heavy on my heart. Reminding myself to press on over here. Maybe this is where you’re […]

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Hospitality over perfection

Hospitality over perfection

One of my family’s holiday traditions is making Christmas cookies. So, in the spirit of the season, a couple weeks ago I invited a few friends over to decorate cookies. In the planning stages of the party, however, my perfectionist brain faced a dilemma. Should I attempt to create decorated cookies that tasted delicious but didn’t look professionally made, or […]

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Warming up to hockey ice

Warming up to hockey ice

You’ve heard the quote, “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take”? I’ve referred to it many times, mostly when trying to prod myself forward with less fear of failure and more tolerance of risk. For some reason, though, I’ve always framed this quote in a basketball context. As in, if you don’t shoot the ball, you’ll never […]

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Reason to cheer for the Astros

This week, a world champion will be crowned in Major League Baseball, as the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers battle for MLB’s highest bragging rights. Anyone who reads this column knows I am a Kansas City Royals fan, and, as such, I’ve had to select another team to cheer for this October. That team is the Houston Astros. […]

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KC stars may not linger long

I never knew sports could make me so emotional. Yet here I am, at risk of melting into a puddle of tears each time I watch a Royals game or read a reflective piece on some of the best years in recent franchise history, as each game brings us one day closer to the impending free agency of all-stars Eric […]

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