Author: Janine Dilger

On hair and hats and Perfectly Reasonable blog posts

On hair and hats and Perfectly Reasonable blog posts

Four years ago, I wrote a series of blog posts I never ended up publishing. After some healthy self-reflection time, I’m revisiting one of them today; not actually publishing the original post, but getting real and raw with you about what’s going on in my head and my heart (and my body). I honestly don’t know if there are any wise or profound take-aways from this post, but hopefully we can share a laugh at my expense. Sometimes all we need is a little distance to provide much-needed perspective. Enough time has passed that I can honestly say, I hope you enjoy this Perfectly Reasonable post. Read on…

Round One: On Being Brave

Round One: On Being Brave

On the heels of my first round of chemo, I have some thoughts on bravery. It doesn’t always mean what we think it does, and that’s actually ok.

In her Divergent book series, Veronica Roth writes these words,
“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.”

Sometimes brave just looks like showing up for life even when you don’t feel like it or when things are hard. And the best part is, you are not alone. Read on…

September: On being a beginner

September: On being a beginner

For many–myself included–September is the most wonderful time of the year, no matter what Christmas-lovers may tell you. Like the New Year, September is full of the promise of fresh starts and new beginnings. If only that didn’t mean being a beginner within those new opportunities. We all like new things, but there are not many who relish the steep learning curve that often come with them. Perhaps it’s time to just give yourself permission to be a beginner? In our home this year, September is looking a little different from our typical routine and opportunities to be a beginner abound. If you want to know more, I invite you to read on…

Happy Birthday to Me: Two things, 365 days, a life lived outward

Happy Birthday to Me: Two things, 365 days, a life lived outward

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how I want to celebrate my 50th birthday! It’s a milestone and I want to mark it properly! I’ve come up with two things for the next 365 days that I hope will turn each day of my life into a “hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance to make faith simple and real.” This is your invitation to come along for the ride, no matter how old you are. Let’s celebrate together! Read on…

Just a sec… are you missing out?

Just a sec… are you missing out?

What do a trip to the grocery store with a toddler and a Starbucks drive-thru have in common? I have a couple of stories that may make you think about delayed obedience in a new light. Do you hear that “still, small voice” in your head and think, “Just a sec…”? Then there might be something here for you. Read on…

Monday Morning Musings… on catching up

Monday Morning Musings… on catching up

I stepped off the treadmill for a while, but the nature of life is that it continues to turn regardless. Though it’s been quiet here, things are happening–both the good and the bad. Most of all though, I can feel the changing of the seasons–slowly–and it looks like hope. I finally feel like I’m catching up a little bit. If the winter knocked you a bit flat, maybe there’s a little something here to encourage you? Read on…

I’m taking a mulligan on January… a.k.a. fresh start, take two

I’m taking a mulligan on January… a.k.a. fresh start, take two

It’s been a quiet month here. I didn’t start the year intending to take pretty much all of January off. But, to be honest, it began a little bumpy and instead of persevering, I crawled back under the proverbial covers. Have you had a hide-under-the-covers kind of month? Maybe you need to follow my lead and take a mulligan on the month? New mercies, fresh starts… these are ours for the taking every moment of every day. Read on…

Happy New Year! And now for something completely different…

Happy New Year! And now for something completely different…

In a few hours, people in my little corner of the world will be bidding 2017 adieu and ringing in the new year with hope and optimism. I will always remember 2017 as the year I shrank my life. Contrary to society’s norms and expectations, I walked away from almost everything I used to define my identity for the past decade and came away with some surprising insights about myself in the process. If you’re thinking you need to re-evaluate your priorities and make some sustainable changes in 2018, there might be something here for you. Read on…

Merry Christmas: preparing our hearts for the gift that remains all year long

Merry Christmas: preparing our hearts for the gift that remains all year long

Christmas Eve is finally here. The long, slow wait of Advent has led us to the big event. But, sometimes, the reality doesn’t always match the anticipation. Today, in whatever way you celebrate Christmas, simply remember that although we fuss in preparation for the event, we don’t prepare our hearts just for one day; the gift remains all year long.