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This past June I turned 26,  and this year marked my fourth year living on my own and working full time. Despite being an “adult” by all intents and purposes, I’ve found over the years that merely being in close proximity with my parents triggers this innate childlike state in me. I would find myself feeling independent and mature at work and while running errands at my apartment, but the minute I would visit my parents, I felt like a kid again.

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A regular occurrence for me: realizing what year it is, followed by the unsettling thought, I’m getting old! In reality, it’s only been five years since I graduated college—but it’s already been five years! Many probably understand this strange paradox. Time flies, and as people say, as a roll of toilet paper goes faster the closer it gets to the end, so do our lives.

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Marie Kondo has a mission to spark joy in the world through cleaning. Her method of decluttering focuses on keeping things that bring joy and saying “thank you” to things that don’t. Not only is she helping people clean their houses, but she also wants them to know what is truly important—people begin to examine their lives, gain perspective, and let go of the things that control them.

Decluttering our homes brings greater joy and freedom. But what might happen if we gave time and energy to declutter our souls?

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You just ended finals. You saw your kids graduate from college or kindergarten. You finished teaching another year. You led that end-of-the-year conference. You finished a year of leadership. You completed that project for your boss.

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Change is something I have a long history of avoiding. I like routine, predictability, and processes that I understand. Being able to control my situations and knowing what to expect gives me a sense of peace and empowerment.

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BEWARE THE SPOILERS!

It’s safe to say that box-office-busting, tear-jerking, goose-bump-inducing Avengers: Endgame struck a chord in people across the world. And like other art forms, it provides an inside look into today’s Western culture, especially when we consider the movie from a Christian perspective.

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Life is full of transitions. Graduation, new jobs, marriage, babies born, or a move are exciting changes to anticipate. But changes like health issues and unexpected things that happen in our relationships, our lives, and the world are more difficult. Transitions can be both exciting and painful. We let go of something familiar, enter into the unknown, and often feel very disoriented.

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The first time I (Steph, a raging extrovert) tried spiritual disciplines was at an InterVarsity Chapter Camp. I remember being introduced to the concept of a retreat of silence and thinking, how in the world am I supposed to not speak to anyone for three hours? Sure, if I’m napping, that’s an easy feat. But to spend time around people but not interact seemed impossible and, quite frankly, boring. I remember, as I was walking around trying to find a place to sit, I could tell who was an introvert and who was an extrovert.

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Online dating. Some blame it for the most ridiculous, awkward moments of their lives. Others have a spouse because they gave it a shot. Commercials claim it’s the best way to meet singles. And YouTube parodies and newsreels highlight every possible way it can go wrong.

So, should you try online dating? After months of asking myself that same question, I decided to try it out for about half a year. Here are a few things I wish I would have thought about before diving into the quirky complexity that is online dating.

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With all of the hype surrounding Marie Kondo's famous book and Netflix show about tidying and decluttering, we're exploring what 'decluttering' could mean for our Christian walks with Jesus. Today's post is written by Sarah Schilling, InterVarsity Study Abroad Staff who lives overseas in Paris, France. 

I lived back home for an embarrassing amount of time after grad school.

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