Hey there, friend! I’m so happy you stopped by. My name is Halee Gray Scott. I’m a writer and a researcher, a wife and a mother. Here at hgscott.com, I write about what it means to live as though you never get today back. Because you don’t. The average human life span is a mere 30,000 days, and unlike water, food, money, or any replenishable commodity, you can’t get a single day back.
And yet, far too many of us while away our days without clear purpose or intent. We’re stymied by past disappointments and heartbreaks. We get stuck in ruts and find ourselves without the strength to lay fresh tracks. Our failures follow us like an old farm dog, a constant reminder of times we didn’t measure up or were told we weren’t enough. We grow suspicious and fear that our lives are not as significant as we once believed. So we take a backseat, go on autopilot, and distract ourselves with any number of artificial substitutes: work, television, entertainment, social media, not to mention drugs, alcohol, and illicit sex.
Like the ancient philosophers and teachers who taught about humans flourishing by practicing virtues, I believe each person—including you—has the potential to live beautifully, acting as a force for good on a spinning planet rife with senseless cruelty and sorrow. But to do good and be good, we have to be courageous, accept the grace of God, and believe (again) in our potential, ordering our lives around three simple questions:
- What good can I do, today?
- Who did I love?
- Did I make a difference?
I write about living well because I believe we have enough monsters in the world and not enough heroes. I write about living well because I believe the good and beautiful all too often gets choked out by the 24/7 ugliness of an alarmist, pessimistic media. I write about living well because I have two daughters and I want to, as Tolkien said, to “do what is in me” so that they will “have fresh ground to till.” But I write about living well, mostly, because I know what it means to live unwell and make a real mess of things, but turn it around in the third quarter.
Welcome. Pull up a chair, grab a cup of hot coffee and take a look around.
The Professional Me
Halee Gray Scott, PhD, is an author and independent social researcher who focuses on issues related to leadership and spiritual formation. She teaches seminary courses in spiritual formation, theology, and leadership in seminaries across the country. Her writing has appeared in Christianity Today, The Washington Post, Christian Education Journal, Real Clear Religion, Relevant, Books and Culture, Outcomes, and Intervarsity’s The Well. Her book, Dare Mighty Things: Mapping the Challenges of Leadership for Christian Women will be released by Zondervan in early spring of 2014. She lives in Littleton, CO, with her husband, Paul, and their two daughters, Ellie and Viv. When she’s not writing or teaching, she is usually randomly Googling, baking challah bread, running, or doing Crossfit. Follow her on Twitter at @hgscott. Soli deo gloria.
25 Random Facts
And if you’re still reading (and God bless you if you are ;)), here are 25 random facts about me:
- I was born in Cotton Country, on the campus of Texas Tech University in the middle of a blizzard.
- I wound up in the emergency room at least three times before I turned five years old. The first time I split my forehead open because I tripped into a fireplace while running through the house with sandals on. The second time, a Rottweiler bit a hole through my cheek because I tried to pet him while he was eating. The third time I was ran over by a John Deer tractor because I thought it would be a good idea to climb up into the cab while it was moving.
- As you can see by number 2, telling me not to do something is a pretty surefire way to get me to do it.
- I grew up in a town of 1500 people but spent my twenties in a “town” of 15 million. I’m still not totally sure which I like better. For now, I live on the cloudy, frozen tundra otherwise known as “Michigan”.
- I decided I wanted to be a writer when I was 13. My first piece was a poem about Armageddon :o). My second was a 40 page sci-fi novel.
- I was published for the first time when I was 15 and started working for the town paper as a string reporter when I was 16. I voiced commercials and police reports for KMOO radio station when I was 17.
- I flipped a Ford Bronco five times on a two-lane highway in East Texas. I was thrown a hundred yards from the vehicle but didn’t break a bone or need a stitch. I did get a speeding ticket.
- One of my nicknames in high school was “crash test dummy” because I jumped off the hood of a car going 40 miles an hour in the high school parking lot. I still have the parking lot pavement in my right knee.
- The scariest (and most fun) job I ever had was being a lifeguard.
- The hardest job I ever had was being a radio scriptwriter.
- I love Vegas but am bored by gambling and have never been to a single show. Instead, I climb mountains, scale the Red Rocks, and spend hours watching pastry chefs at the Bellagio make crepes.
- I own a Carolina Dog named Izzi, a wild dog that is similar to the Australian Dingo. We adopted her from Apache territory in New Mexico. You couldn’t ask for a better dog. I also own a Yorkshire Terrier with a strong case of body dysmorphia: he thinks he’s a Rottweiler.
- One of the best days of my life was my wedding day. I got married barefoot on a beach in Santa Barbara and bought my wedding cake from Albertson’s.
- Every time I visit Hollywood I end up on TV.
- I’m a barefoot runner. So far, the longest distance I’ve completed is a half-marathon.
- I decided I wanted to get a PhD when I was 18. It was a long road, but I finally acheived that goal in December, 2010 after 14 years of work.
- I sometimes wonder whether getting a PhD makes me really smart or really stupid.
- The first (and only) person I’ve ever asked for an autograph was George W. Bush, back when he owned the Texas Rangers. I really wanted Nolan Ryan’s signature on my baseball, but Dad convinced me to settle for G.W.’s. The next day, I played baseball with that ball and rubbed the signature off. Didn’t care too much at the time. Besides, who would ever know who George W. Bush was, anyway?
- The coldest place I’ve ever been: St. Petersburg, Russia, January, -30 degrees; Hottest place: Mojave Desert, July, 124 degrees; Prettiest place: Road to Hana, Maui; Where I wish I was now: Plateau Point, an isolated, windy plateau 6.1 miles down the Grand Canyon.
- I like hymns and hard rock, but not much in between.
- In my non-pregnant life, I am a committed vegetarian.
- Some day I would like to be a group fitness instructor in my spare time.
- I have a penchant for Russian literature. Love Dostoevsky and Tolstoy but Chekhov is my favorite.
- I think it’s funny that my husband’s (secret) favorite TV show is Antiques Roadshow.
- I’ve always been a tomboy, but lately I’ve been trying to be more ladylike. Unfortunately, I can’t stop watching these videos. What can I say? Fart pranks are funny!