Here’s what I believe: Your story matters. Actually, every story matters. And those messy, in process, in between spaces? Those are the exact places that God shines so brightly in the midst of our mess. {Truth: Your messiest mess will likely become your message.}

So. My story? Well….

It’s a mess and it’s beautiful and so very “in process.” It includes broken community, years of unanswered prayers, a brain tumor at age 17, and as of February 23, 2016, it also includes a book that I never ever planned to write.

I’m 27, have been blogging since August of 2009, and I’m very much still figuring this thing called ‘life’ out.

About Kaitlyn Bouchillon

I’m kind of addicted to queso, I pin things on Pinterest that I will never actually make, and I think the sound of laughter is the best thing ever. I’m a lover of words in any form — blog posts and snail mail especially.

Most days you’ll find me meeting a friend for coffee or working at the little white desk in my room. After graduating from Samford University, I started my own Virtual Assistant business and have the absolute pleasure of managing the behind-the-scenes for DaySpring, (in)courage, Holley Gerth, Jennifer Dukes Lee and many others.

When I started blogging, I landed on the title It Just Takes One because here’s the thing: You can change the world.

Even If Not book... I can't wait for this to release!

Yep, you in your sweats balancing a social life, studying for tests and finals, and trying to do this thing people like to call “sleep.” Yes ma’am, you with the frazzled hair as you sweep the cheerios up and hush the ones asking what’s for dinner. For the fourth time.

I know it all feels so mundane, but I believe He is writing something glorious in you, a bestseller that you can’t see now…and oh girl, it’s a good one. It only takes one person to make a difference, and I believe you can do it.

No matter what you’ve gone through, done, or not done – God has something to say through you. No matter what story this page of your life will tell, here’s what I believe to be true: We can trust the unknown of the future to the God we know is authoring its pages.

Sometimes I feel like I’m stuck in the same ‘ol chapter for way longer than I’d like, but I’ve seen Him prove faithful and good beyond all measure and so I turn the next page and keep on reading.

In all ways, in all things, at all times, He is faithful.

When we let God do the mending, broken things become blessed things. (free printable)

Even when your life feels broken and you watch people walk right out. When community left, I built a wall around my heart, certain I would never trust again. But it turns out, sometimes the skeletons hanging in your closet become the dry bones that teach you how to dance. God used the broken moments to shape me, and then He used community to heal the shattered places. He gave me the miracle I spent four years praying for when He did the flat out impossible.

I bear the scars of broken community but they tell the story of healing.

I’m not interested in painting a pretty picture here. I don’t hide the joys but I also don’t shy away from the pains, so you need to know there are still broken spaces.

But this I am sure of: He. Is. Enough.

friends are one of life's greatest gifts

I know that’s a little heavy, but there’s one more thing you need to know, one thing that I carry with me every day that has forever changed my life:

The summer before my senior year of high school I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and needlesstosay that rocked my world.

Because of the story God had already been writing, I knew He would be faithful no matter the outcome. And yet hear me say that I am grateful beyond words can express that I was declared cancer free. I wouldn’t have chosen to write a brain tumor into my story, but I would never write it out.

Every day I try to remember one word: live. Take it all in. Breathe deep. Sing loud. Dance crazy. Laugh hard. Dream big. Love much, love well.

So I do… I dive into relationships and I try to savor the little moments. I take way too many photos and I get involved with nearly everything I can find. I want to remember it all. I want my words and my life to make a difference.

And so I keep writing in this space. I show up with my words to encourage my generation to stand up even when it means starting small. {There’s nothing small about being brave.} I tell the hard stories because if I begin, if I write about the in between, perhaps you’ll feel comfortable sharing your story, too.

This is my Story. This is His love letter to me, His promise that no matter the past chapters, the hurts, or the pages I want to tear out, He is faithful. He is the great Author and I will trust the One who holds the pen.

This mended writer girl will be here, today and the next, writing for you and writing for Him. There is power in our stories and every story matters. It only takes one person…

I believe you can change the world.

And if you find yourself walking in the in between today, somewhere in the middle of the story, wrestling with questions and doubts and unknowns, I’d love to share with you Even If Not: Living, Loving, and Learning in the in Between.

P.s. If you, like me, are in love with printables, then I totally have to share with you these 9 prints that are a free gift just for you.

9 free prints from the book Even If Not: Living, Loving, and Learning in the in Between

{I am honored to be a contributor at (in)courage. In the past, I have also been a contributor at More To Be and BraveGirl Community.}
The last two pictures were taken by this lovely friend of mine with a gift for capturing the joy inside, despite my many awkward faces.


  1. Joy Stephanie Telan

    I love reading your story and how God has help you in your life! Thank you for sharing<3

  2. Camille

    Loved your story so much. So happy to have shared your book on my blog! It’s funny how God takes all the moments in your life and connects some of them to other’s stories. I wrote about my daughter’s brain surgery when she was 17. Amazing what He will do with the many, little broken pieces. ❤️

  3. JJ

    Beautiful story! Inspiring and very true. God is good :).

  4. Steffanie Russ

    I’m really enjoying your site…and your “unexpected” book. I too had a brain tumor when I was a little girl. God wrote it out of my story when He caused it to disappear. He is faithful…every story is special because He is the author. Thanks for sharing~

  5. Lynette

    Hi its great to meat you, you are a picture of me,I have love with in me only God started,and a passion to serve till I meet Him face to face. I love the Trinity God placed in me
    You are going and blessed keep sharing, because you Sprit brings calm in. My life.
    in Christ we are sister and I need a sister in my life
    God lead me to you’re post. Thanks Jesus keep my sister in your Spirit. Amen

  6. jenadams87

    I love your zeal! I want to make sure that I lived my life well. That I took in every moment. That I listened intently to the Holy Spirit’s promptings. Most importantly, that I lived in the purpose He created me for! Thanks for sharing your story. There’s such sweet things that happen when people open their lives up for the sake of others.

  7. Rebekah

    I loved hearing a little about your story. Thanks for sharing!


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