DEAR LAURA (and anyone else who needs these words): Let this be a year of saying yes to yourself, of embracing change and welcoming transition. What if, instead of holding your breath, anticipating pain and discomfort, you breathe through the hard part? What if you let the threshold truly transport you, instead of projecting a … Continue reading The Only Constant is Change
For the first time in either of our lives, Joel and I own a car. This happened thanks to the love and support of friends and family, and our joint decision (spurred by me and by recent life events) to invest in this quality-of-life purchase. Oh boy, our quality of life has indeed been affected … Continue reading Mobility
One of my longtime besties is a real-life blogger, and I just love her site and her online content overall. I sometimes look at the array of my online presence(s) and think “I’m never going to be able to pull all of this together.” And that’s true – right now, my Twitter and Tumblr and … Continue reading POV, or “What’s my ‘brand?’”
(TW/CW: depression, anxiety, alcoholism) In my years-long journey with depression and anxiety, there are various habits that I have developed. Some of these habits are positive ones, the ones that help me maintain and practice awareness so that I can actively combat depression. Some of these habits are symptoms of the depression itself--subtly self-destructive … Continue reading Habits.
Border crossings are terrifying Be they borders Geographical Physical Emotional Societal or Metaphysical The borders between two countries between two states between two cities between adolescence & adulthood between love & hate between acceptance & non-acceptance between the known & unknown Border crossings are confrontations with the binary Between one thing and the Other They're … Continue reading Border Crossings
For the past five weeks, I have been temping as a file clerk at an office in downtown Modesto. This office is populated with great, kind folks, most of whom have been there for 5 or more years (many of them 10 or more). Their jobs before this company were, for the most part, also … Continue reading The Artist is the Answer
Here's a little story about street harrassment...and how one moment can restore a little of one's faith in humanity. FLASHBACK—two days ago, walking to Wednesday's 6:30pm rehearsal. It's bright and sunny out, a harbinger of the nine-day heat wave yet to come. I am in black jeans, sunglasses, and a t-shirt, with no makeup … Continue reading Friday Storytime
This week, I bit the bullet and invested in a personal plan through WordPress.com that allows me to have my own domain name and more insights into the ways folks are interacting with the site. Unfortunately, either because of my own human error (likely) or a functionality issue in WordPress, my existing page/blog didn't get … Continue reading New Website!
Blogging and Branding...... I started what would be considered my first weblog back in my freshman year at CSU Stanislaus—seventeen years ago, in the early days of internet use by the masses. For a long time, I housed my thoughts on Yahoo’s Geocities webhosting, but I was not clever enough to save the months and … Continue reading Blogging and Branding