Welcome! I’m Colleen, founder and chief
guinea pig at UpGradual.
I write honest, often raw, stories from my life and the world around me. My goal is to illustrate how our beliefs, habits, and behaviours all intertwine to either drag us down or propel us upward.
Less perfection. More authenticity.
You know those people who call themselves devout Christians but you still hear them swearing like a stevedor? Or the Christian bloggers who will drop an F-bomb for dramatic effect? I had a coffee with a friend from church today and our conversation didn't answer the...read more
Ever heard the saying, "You have an enemy and it's not your spouse"? If you have, then you know that you could replace the word 'spouse' with 'child', 'mother-in-law', 'boss' or any other person you're in a relationship with. Yes. The enemy it's referring to is the...read more
Housekeeping is not for the Crazy Days Between Christmas and New Years. Piles of stuff crowd the dining room table, so I've decided to sit on the couch to write. I shoved a half empty 'book' of Lifesavers, a stack of new movies and two chocolate letters aside to make...read more
There will be millions of gifts under Christmas trees this weekend. Some are being opened as I write this. Some will be torn into with relish in the morning. Still more will wait until someone comes back from their Dad's home to yours. That's how things roll at our...read more
A Story "Give Peace a Chance." "Just Do It." "Keep Calm and Carry On." These are good slogans. "I Just Don't Feel Good." As slogans go, it's pretty lame, but there are days, like this one, where it really fits. Like something is wrong but I don't quite have words for...read more
UpGradual Book Review: There couldn't be a better time than Christmas in North America for a Bible study called Refocused. Oh, the irony! Somehow, the season that's meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus has become an intense, draining time of to-do lists and worldly...read more