Kind, Without Sacrificing the Truth

You can be kind without sacrificing the truth. I wish more people understood this. Disagreement isn't hate. Rather, it's an opportunity to learn from one other and expand our understanding. It's a chance to foster mutual respect. After posting about "white privilege" recently, I was dumbfounded that no one was cruel or combative. You listened,... Continue Reading →

Why Not Me?

Why would a loving God create a world full of pain? I first found myself asking this question in 2014 when my cousin and my little sister's best friend (who was basically my second little sister) both passed away from cancer within a 24-hour period. Both had been diagnosed less that one year prior, and... Continue Reading →

The Wisdom Of Our Past Selves

Every now and then, I'll come across something I wrote several years ago. Sometimes the encounter is painful as I exhume forgotten memories. Other times, the words I read don't feel like my own, but rather those of someone with far more wisdom. Four years ago, I wrote about my attempt to restart yoga before... Continue Reading →

The Benefits of Being Selfishness

When I was eleven, I visited my grandparents at their summer beach home in California. When we stopped by the gift shop, I picked out trinkets for my parents and siblings. I didn't asked for anything for myself. Throughout my entire life, people always commented on or recalled stories of my selflessness and, for years,... Continue Reading →

Slowing Down

Welp, I may have spoken too soon... A mere two weeks after celebrating six-month of feeling good and sharing my recovery tips, my autoimmune symptoms are flaring up. For the past month, one tiny symptom has popped up and then retreated. Then another does the same. Over the last few days, they've all decided to... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk About Food!

My mother-in-law recently made a comment about how restrictive my her son and I are with our diets. It gave me pause, as our meals no longer seem restrictive. I may not be able to eat beef, shellfish, dairy, gluten, or avocado, but I still have access to thousands of options. I don't feel limited... Continue Reading →

Betting On The Bag Of Magic Beans

Back in 2010, my boyfriend met a friend at a coffee shop to process his first Bitcoin transaction. Something went awry and the $100 was never exchanged for 1,000 units of magical internet money. Had be bought, held, and sold at last year's high, he would have netted just shy of $65MM. Of course, he's... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #108

Hello friends! Happy Friday! I hope the week has been good to you. Any fun plans? My parents received news that the cat they fostered, Georgie, is celebrating one-year in her forever home (this is the first update since she was adopted). The fiery young lady has softened up and is now quite the cuddle-bug.... Continue Reading →

The Unseen Drivers Of Our Decisions

The other day, I wrote a bit about my health journey, coming to the conclusion that the the good hours are not guaranteed. That idea sent my mind off on a tangent. My final destination? The $320 hairbrush I bought to commemorate beginning to feel better and starting a new job. For years, my arms felt... Continue Reading →

Zooming Out

Last year, I attended my grandfather's funeral. He had ninety good years, always surrounded by family and beaming with laughter. At his memorial service, people shared funny stories. There was that time he performed in Laughlin with his retirement community as the Andrews Sisters, and the three elderly men in dresses waltzed through the casino.... Continue Reading →

Curiosity & Skepticism

If you were to ask me what qualities I most admire in another, it would be these: curiosity and skepticism. I place a high value on kindness, intelligence, and a sense of humor. However, in our modern world, some traits would seem to be predecessors for bringing others to fruition. Curiosity “I have no special... Continue Reading →

Audit Your Life

Working in quality assurance, audits are a regular part of my job. I am always thinking in terms of what is contractually required against what is being produced. I'm always looking out for discrepancies, as well as opportunities to improve processes. I think the same principles can be applied to other areas of life. Conduct... Continue Reading →

The Good Hours Are Not Guaranteed

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" Mary Oliver Every now and then, I like to drop into chronic fatigue forums. I think it's an exercise in recognizing how far I've come, practicing empathy for those still suffering, and a chance to identify new research into... Continue Reading →

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