"Let's do a family video chat soon," Mom wrote in her email. "Let's pick a time when you can all be available next Sunday." How lovely, I thought. We haven't done a group chat with Mom in ages! A moment later, a pang of fear struck me. Something is wrong, my gut warned, We haven't done a … Continue reading Life Rerouted
I was just thinking that it’s been about 2 years since I’ve been to Amsterdam. I really liked it there. I felt like I could live there. Maybe I did, in some previous lifetime.
Anyway, let’s revisit my thoughts about being a homebody who likes to travel. The struggle is real.
Goodness me, it has been quite some time since I last wrote. I was busy gearing up for my first overseas trip to Amsterdam and Germany.
But first, a story. When I was in fifth grade, I went on my first overnight school trip. We went to a place called PEEC in the Pocono mountains of Pennsylvania. I forget how long we were there for, but it was at least a couple of nights.
I have always been a homebody. Even when I would sleep over at my friend’s house next door, I would look out the window at my house and feel homesick. If I hadn’t been so afraid of the dark I would have made the trek across our yards so I could be in my own home with mommy and daddy and sleeping right down the hall.
So naturally I was really nervous to…
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Below is another Toastmasters speech I gave - just last night, actually! It was inspired by a book I read recently, called The Radium Girls; The Dark Story of America's Shining Women, by Kate Moore. I'd known of the Radium Girls before, but I'd always been curious to know more. Her book is a very … Continue reading The Radium Girls
"Get it! GET IT!" my teammates shout as the gleaming white volleyball hurtles toward me like a meteor. More defensively than athletically, I stick my palm outward to shove the ball away from my face. My face - always the target of flying objects - as if all the surgical trauma wasn't enough. The ball … Continue reading 7th Grade Gym Class Hell
It was a busy Friday at work. I was the receptionist at a small insurance company - a job I loathed, but was too insecure and full of self-doubt to do anything about it at the time. I'd been ignoring the urge to pee so I could finish distributing the mail and putting people's used … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: A Cursed Weekend
A few weeks before Christmas, I treated myself to a little personal shopping spree at Marshalls. Since my purse was big and heavy, I decided to leave it in the car, and just bring in my wallet and my phone. Upon entering the store, I grabbed a shopping cart and placed my wallet and my … Continue reading Accidental Adrenaline Rush
In this new year, i’m going to be reposting some of my earliest blog posts. Some of these are really good, if I may say so myself, and I would like for some of the newer folks to get a chance to read them.
This one is about coming to terms with my imperfections and realizing that I wouldn’t be ME without them!
I hope you enjoy…
Every once in a while I think of that Goo Goo Dolls song, ‘Name’, which has the line “Scars are souvenirs you never lose The past is never far.” It brings to mind superficial scars, like the crescent shaped scar on my forearm, where our dog Tasha bit me when I tried to take a chicken bone from her. It usually takes a moment or two of deeper thinking before I remember how many scars I have.
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Happy New Year! I hope you got to relax and take time off from work over these past few weeks. Dave and I had a glorious week+ off. We enjoyed time with family and friends and caught up on sleep and even took a few walks in the bitter, bitter cold land in which we … Continue reading Happy New Year!
As I sit here, snugly nestled on the couch under a duvet, with a purring cat by my side, Christmas lights twinkling around the room, candles flickering, and a hot cup of tea in one hand... I'm ready to lead the revolution of comfort and coziness. Life in this modern day can be harsh. We're … Continue reading Live your Legend Challenge #7 – What Revolution Will You Lead?
It's a total cliché statement, and I even have a sticker of it right here on my laptop - Be the change you wish to see in the world. (Sidenote: although this is attributed to Ghandi, it's really a condensed version of what he said.) But anyway, it's still a decent concept to live by. … Continue reading Live Your Legend Challenge # 6 – What difference do you want to make?