The Internal Prison of Southern Charm


The Internal Prison of Southern Charm

I walked up to her and took note of her hurriedly tied back hair and swollen eyes and asked her how she was doing today. She looked up at me, took a quick breath, put on her best smile and said, “I’m doing fine; How are you?”


I recently saw this challenge on A Harsh Reality’s blog post and I thought it was interesting. The challenge was this: Write a story in two sentences.

Well, challenge accepted.

Mountain Getaways 

“And if these mountains had eyes, they would wake to find two strangers in their fences, standing in admiration as a breathing red pours its tinge upon earth’s shore. These mountains, which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that man’s weak praise should be given God’s attention.” – Donald Miller 


(Photos are by me – taken at Grayson Highlands in VA)

Writing is a Double Edged Sword

As a writer I very often suffer from the paradox of least wanting to do what I most want to do. Writing well takes great effort and care and it is not always enjoyable, but I hunger for it. There is not much that is more satisfying to me than writing a piece that I myself approve of.
We are, after all, our own worst critics. 
That’s the thought for today. I’m sorry I have not written much on here in a while. As I’ve gotten back into the swing of my next term and floor set has been taking place at my job, things have been extraordinarily busy. 

To make up for it a bit, here are a few photos I have taken recently that have almost nothing to do with the title of my post. 

(It’s me! Hello everyone! 😉 
As always, I love you all. Thank you so very much for your continued support despite my lack of consistency. You are all so amazing and encouraging and talented. 

Keep pushing forward! Good thoughts and prayers being sent your way. 

Happy Sunday! 

Introverted idealist 

  1. I like the idea of travel. Like any other 20 something I enjoy curling up on the sofa and living vicariously through Rick Steves (or maybe that’s just me). I make a mental list of all my favorite places he visits and tell myself one day I’ll just drop everything and go. So far I’ve maybe gone to the mountains in my own state once this whole year. Really got a jump on that one.
  2. I like the idea of being an artist. I’ll read books about art and familiarize myself with enough famous artists to feel sophisticated and then I’ll sit down and sketch a horse in a hipster location and wonder if anyone else sees how artist-like I look (truth be told I got bored before I even got to the shading). 
  3. I love the idea of being an extrovert. I look at photos of my friends hanging out with their groups of friends and make mental notes on all the social gathering invites from my church and think to myself, “this week I’m gonna be a kool kid and broaden my community!” (By the time I get off work I groan at group texts and curl up with a book) (way to build community Kat! You’re a shining star in the eyes of those around you)
  4. I like the idea of being healthy and hiking the Apalachain trail one day. I look at pictures and read adventure blogs and I’m super pumped up to the point that those brownies call from the kitchen and my favorite show comes on. Then I look in the mirror the next morning and wonder “what happened yesterday? Didn’t you work out- oh wait..”

It’s at this point I realize the real me is tshirts and sweatpants and writing in my candlelit room.

The real me is coffee and a quiet evening on my porch watching the sun set with a good book close by. 

The real me is a foodie that needs to get her butt in shape and duck tape her mouth shut because she can’t resist a good brownie.

The real me prefers keeping up to date through YouTube to big crowds and socializing for hours, not because I’m shy but because I enjoy my alone time and people can be a bit exhausting sometimes.

The real me likes Walt Whitman more than she should and has headphones as a permanent fixture around her neck. 

The real me is an introverted idealist and I’m kind of ok with that.