Hey there, I’m Lydia. I live in Chicago with my husband and two kids. When doing introductions, I like to get deeper than the “what do you do?” questions. Let’s see if I can tell you what I am.
I am a seeker. I grew up Catholic and much of its traditions still feed me, but my spirituality has become more nuanced than most labels can summarize anymore. Spiritual community looks like my sweaty yoga class. Prayer sounds like quiet moments of insight while sipping coffee. Holiness feels like wholeness.
I’m a story-keeper. I soak up others’ stories as a listener and a reader (mostly memoir and nonfiction, with the occasional YA fiction). I find the meaning in my own story, as our sagging shelves of journals and writing notebooks can attest. I thrive off story (well, that, and dark chocolate).
I’m a healer. Some things I could never get exhausted talking about: self-realizations, spiritual practices, relationships, personality tests. Which is why I’ve been studying psychology and theology for the past decade. As a therapist and a writer, I believe in the strong healing power of shared words.
I’m a human. The INFJ, Enneagram 4 type to be exact. I’m often processing quietly, but it’s because there is a sensitive, creative depth to wade through. When my bucket needs filling, I’m angsty, need space, and futilely attempt to organize the spice drawer alphabetically. At my best, I’m vocal, funny, and brave (and still attempting to organize the spice drawer).
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“Studying, Praying, Seeking: A Spiritual Tapestry” in Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frathouse, edited by Adam J. Copeland.
"Making of a Mom: Finding Marital Balance after Baby" on Verily Magazine, October 21, 2019.