The Valiant Life

Emily is a 24 year-old woman with a passion for life, a love for adventure, and a heart for people. She lives her life by one simple word: "intention" and feels that everyday should be lived to the fullest with the intention of making an impact and to benefit the lives of others. Writing is a calling she has felt most of her life and pursues that calling in the hopes of encouraging those the midst of the 20-something-year-olds' journey to self-discovery.

A Living Monet

“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.”                        ~ Oscar-Claude Monet About a month ago I shared with everyone that my husband Zane was laid off from work and during […]

Straight and Narrow

Have you ever had a concept in your head and all your life you thought about it a certain way and then one day, someone suggests a different perspective and your whole world is rocked? Well, I just had this kind of experience. In Hebrews 11 and 12, the author is re-capping the stories of […]

Not What I Had in Mind…

My husband and I are embarking on a new and exciting journey- Buying our first house! Currently, we live in a tiny one bedroom, one bathroom detached apartment. Everyone in our town and our church calls our place the “The Little House” and that description is 100% accurate. A brief history of The Little House: […]

Waiting on My Deepest Desire.

June 12, 2011 was the first day I stepped foot at a very special place as a camp counselor: the Christian Retreat Center (CRC). This place holds a special place in my heart and that will never, ever change. Unfortunately, only people who have worked as a camp counselor in a place such as this will understand […]

“Stressed Out”

“We used to play pretend, give each other different names. We would build a rocket ship and then we’d fly it far way. Used to dream of outer space and now they’re laughing at our face saying, ‘Wake up you need to make money’ yeah. Wish we could turn back time to the good old […]

O, You of Little Faith!

Luke 12:22, 27-28 I tend to worry. I’m what you would maybe call a perfectionist? I don’t like to admit it, but I am just that. I want everything to be just right, so when it comes to my wedding day I want everything to be SUPER perfect. Just last night, my friend Emily, Zane and I […]

Love at First Sight. Well… Not Exactly.

I was introduced to my husband-to-be, Zane, in June 2014. If you had told me then that I would marry this man, I probably would said something like, “HAHAHAHA!!!! Good one!” or “Yeah, okay!” (said VERY sarcastically) or at the very least, given you a really strange look. Zane and I met at the Christian Retreat […]

Being Single is NOT a Curse

In May of last year it had been a year and a half since I was in a relationship. A year and a half of singleness; a year and a half of loneliness; a year and a half of longing; a year and a half of…. Wait a second. What the heck am I talking […]

Good Deeds Just Don’t Matter

I have always struggled with having a deeds oriented mindset and struggling with the thought of “Maybe people will like me more, or love me more if I do more good deeds.” Or even more dangerous, “Maybe God will love me more if I do more good deeds.” Why does our society think that you have […]

Choosing to Heal

Healing is a choice. You can either decide to wallow or you decide to get up and press forward. For years, I defined myself as a “child of divorce” and then eventually as “the girl that got dumped”. Let me tell you, this took it’s toll on my attitude and thus, my life.. I was […]

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