It’s that time of year - media outlets are compiling “Best of…” lists, people are sharing their goals and resolutions, and my social media feeds are filled with life updates (mostly engagements. Ugh). I saw this tweet today, and it got me thinking. quote this tweet with your top 3 personal accomplishments of 2017 (you … Continue reading 2017.
Amidst student goodbyes and last day of class Instagram photos and watching undergraduates tentatively try on their brand new, unwrinkled caps and gowns, I had a stupid thought today – that I had gotten good at goodbyes. It hit me when I walked out of my favorite yoga instructor’s last class this evening, I’m not … Continue reading A Long String of Goodbyes
There are moments that define you, that define your life - the obvious ones and then the little moments, the day-to-day moments without much fanfare. There are the days of innocent youth, filled with laughter and conversations long since forgotten where you remember community and belonging and there are the days when you are honored, … Continue reading Reflections at the end of July.
I vomited in the shower today. I threw up because I was homesick for Florida - not because this Indianapolis heat dries out every pore of my body, or because these roads are frustratingly unfamiliar or because I have yet to find a decent Spanish restaurant serving good food, but because my body, my heart, … Continue reading An Orlando girl, stuck in Indianapolis, reacts.
I have always been an assertive person. I’ve never had a problem standing up for myself, both assertively and aggressively, and sometimes I have even been the unfair aggressor in a situation. I think this is why an event I experienced recently triggered a great deal of pause and reflection for me. While visiting a … Continue reading A Chance Encounter at a Gas Station and Musings on Being a Woman
This Sunday, diners and breakfast cafes will packed with more than just the usual church crowd. Florists will be making special deliveries, possibly to more women with wrinkled faces than young women fresh from dinner dates. Middle-aged men and college students, sisters and brothers alike will pick up the phone and make a call that maybe … Continue reading Pink Carnations: A Mother’s Day Story
As a child born under a flag of red, white and blue I have never known a time that I’ve been silenced. Pencils are available in any drugstores, school is provided and required, public library cards are free and the world is at my fingertips – through the internet, through the books I read, and … Continue reading Je Suis Charlie
In the waning days of the fall of 2013, one of my wisest friends urged me to say “yes” to things more. I was on the verge of a new relationship and warily dipping my toe over the line. I believe her intentions were for me to stop overthinking every decision, to stop letting my … Continue reading The Year of the Yes Woman
Suddenly it’s September. It’s still too hot to be outside for long and the days aren’t too short yet, though it’s darker and darker in the mornings as I drive to work. Labor Day weekend has passed, but there is still time to plan beach adventures and sunburn by the pool. Suddenly it’s September.It was … Continue reading Suddenly, it’s September.
Four years ago, a tragic event occurred that changed many of my childhood friends’ lives. We lost one of our own – Kelly was killed by a drunk driver a day after his nineteenth birthday. His father and two brothers were also killed. I can never imagine the suffering that Kelly’s family still bears – … Continue reading The Worthy People I Have Known