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Bailey Gillespie

Wholeness is a Journey

Staying Home, Tornados, and the Beauty of Human Resilience

[Click here to watch a powerful tribute to the Nashville Tornado on Facebook.] “Please, please, you need to head to your safe space...”  Just after midnight on March 3, I awoke to the sound of sirens going off and storm... Continue Reading →

In Want + Plenty: Celebrating Meredith McDaniel’s Book Release!

Meredith McDaniel is a licensed professional counselor and owner of her private practice, Milk + Honey, near Charlotte, North Carolina. She has a gift for guiding people into the quieter places in their lives to help them taste God’s goodness.... Continue Reading →

Living from a Place of Abundance

"If you ever find yourself in the wrong story... leave." When I heard a podcast host drop this quote by Mull Williams recently, my brain exploded. In just one sentence, he managed to offer a simple anecdote for the grand... Continue Reading →

The Other Side of a Dream Come True

Five weeks ago on a wintry Tuesday, I unlocked the door to my new Nashville apartment with a silver key and an expectant heart. Dad stood next to me in the brick doorway, his presence easing the arrival of newness.... Continue Reading →

On Music and Belonging

The night before Thanksgiving, I learned how to play hand bells with my ridiculously talented musical friends, the Fisher twins. As Aubrey and Allison laid out the three bells I’d be holding for our Christmas medley, Aubrey was kind enough... Continue Reading →

My Nashville Story

Friends, This winter, I'll be packing up my life and my little white Subaru and moving to Nashville, Tennessee. For real, this time. Some of you have probably heard talk of this before—sometimes in dreamy whispers or maybe even as... Continue Reading →

Land of the Living

The following excerpt is from my creative nonfiction work-in-progress. .          .          .  It was dusk when I laced up my running shoes on the trails behind campus. These trails were almost more familiar than my own breath now, winding in... Continue Reading →

Dating Your Career: Thoughts on College, Courage, and Vocation

One of the rewards of working in the William Jessup University Learning Commons is working alongside two lovely career counselors, who are always down to "talk about life" if they aren't already networking in the community or slammed with student... Continue Reading →

Sleeping at Last, the Enneagram, and Teaching College English

Last September, while staying at a cabin in Tahoe, I received an email with an incredible opportunity to build and teach a new Editing and Publishing course for the professional writing concentration at William Jessup University. I wrote back immediately. "Yes,... Continue Reading →

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