Celebrating Small Successes

One of my biggest stumbling blocks is that I tend to set wonderfully lofty goals but fail to acknowledge my accomplishments when I reach those goals. I take for granted the time, effort and energy I've invested into arriving just where I am today. In several recent discussion, I've mentioned feeling a bit disappointed. I... Continue Reading →

Interviews, Infections and In-laws, Oh My!

I believe wholeheartedly that every experience offers a life lesson, and the universe never doles out more than we can handle. That being said, I'm pretty sure there is currently an angry flock of lessons trailing along behind me like Canadian geese, hissing and nipping at my ankles. Lesson #1: Slow Down, Sweetheart This weekend,... Continue Reading →

On Seeking Purpose

As the minutes silently transform into days and slip toward some distant eternity, I can't help but wonder where my destiny lies. I cannot suppress questions regarding the purpose of my being here. The tasks and necessities all seem so trivial and mundane at times, yet I know that is far from the case. I... Continue Reading →

Moments of Questioning

I want few things, but they all seem so unlikely: to uncover my truth, manifest my innermost thoughts, and capture your heart. And I can't help but wonder if that makes me irresponsible to pursue all at the same time. I am gripped by the uncertainty so often that it makes them all seem foolish.... Continue Reading →

Valley Fever And The $1k Remodel

Two weeks ago, I wrote about being sick, broke, and homeless. Repeatedly, I've been reminding myself that it's all about perspective. My in-laws just returned from India, where poverty was uncomfortably rampant. My good friend's boyfriend moved out without explanation, and then returned back the next day with the loaded moving truck and a half-hearted... Continue Reading →

Humble Delusion

As writers, many of us grew up with dreams of becoming the next Roald Dahl, Beverly Cleary, or J. K. Rowling. We emboldened ourselves with hopes of emulating the brilliant minds that gave us a sense of connection in an overwhelming and overly-extroverted word. Yet, simultaneously, most of us also had huge insecurities about our writing.... Continue Reading →

Thinking in Three Dimensions

One of my favorite childhood hobbies was solving jigsaw puzzles. I started with simple shapes and quickly graduated up to the boxes filled with 1000 pieces. My parents always gaped at the way I was able to mentally rotate and place the pieces, visually building the picture in my mind before translating that vision on... Continue Reading →

Practicing Kindness

On a recent trip to the grocery store, I saw a disheveled man in the side of the road. He hung his head, covering the top inch or two of a sign reading: "Amputee. Anything helps." The skin on the man's face was worn and tired, and his knees had been replaced by mud-stained denim... Continue Reading →

Facing the Answers

On the introvert-extrovert scale, I am the text book example of the socially less-desirable end. I'm one of those strange creatures that retreats to the back room in the middle of parties, reads encyclopedias for fun, and doesn't seem to have much to say. I like being alone. I enjoy sitting in silence, wandering through... Continue Reading →

Self-Reliance and Financial Freedom

When I was four years old, my parents bought me a clear plastic, house-shaped box. The box was divided into three parts and adorned with various stickers, including some words I couldn't yet read. The long, skinny box was my childhood piggy bank. When I found a penny on the ground at my preschool, I... Continue Reading →

Nature As The Antidote To Cynicism

“The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.” --Carl Sagen I've always been deeply intrigued by the seemingly undeniable relationship between science and spirituality. We work in the city for 50 weeks out of the year and then spend our two weeks of vacation in a wooded cabin,... Continue Reading →

Examine What You Tolerate

Over the course of a day, I stumbled across the same sentiment in three different locations. The message: examine what you tolerate. I have always gone out of my way to avoid conflict, rage bubbling beneath the surface as I sit with my head down and mouth shut. It's only over the last years that... Continue Reading →

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