Bailey Gillespie

Wholeness is a Journey


Creative Nonfiction

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 →

Splash – Eating Our Way Through Santa Cruz (Part I)

"They could double the price, and I would still order it. I would sell my cats for this." Coming from my friend Margie, who is a devoted cat lover and recently built her own "Paws Mahal" for her caboodle of... Continue Reading →

The Week I Wish I Could Escape

Friends, this is a piece I wrote earlier this year as part of a larger manuscript. It paints just one small glimpse into the depression and mental anguish I face once a month that has to stem from hormonal imbalances.... Continue Reading →

Faithful Til the Finish Line

When was the last time you felt like giving up? I think we’d all agree that, more often than not, doing the right thing is synonymous with doing the long thing. And that can be pretty maddening. Although faithfulness is... Continue Reading →

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality: When Faith Almost Kills You

In Gary Thomas's Sacred Pathways, it describes each personality type and how they best interact with God, after issuing an extensive assessment for readers to take. (You can Google this book to read the PDF description of each type.) I am... Continue Reading →

And the Rain Keeps Falling: On the Christian’s Journey of Mental Health and Joy

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to... Continue Reading →

I Heard the Bells: Hope In Our Darkest Hour

** This post was first published in December of 2013. I thought it was a good time to resurrect it. Happy Christmas, friends! ** I heard the bells on Christmas Day / their old familiar carols play / and wild... Continue Reading →

Goodbye, October

With only one day left, I thought it would be a good opportunity to send off October with a proper goodbye. It’s been a hot one for sure – no wool coats or scarves yet although Californians had a good... Continue Reading →

Massage Therapy: An Unexpected Source for Hospitality

Emerging from a cool, cavernous room with fern silhouettes cast against walls painted a deep purple, as if soaked with wine, I push open the doors and step into a warm storm. It's oddly humid for California, and I stand... Continue Reading →

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