Minimalism – The Struggle is Real

If you've been with me for a while, you'll recall that I have a fondness for the concept of minimalism. I've never gone on a rampage and thrown out all of my stuff or anything, but, section by section, I've gone through the house and pared down. The truth is, it's not that easy to … Continue reading Minimalism – The Struggle is Real

The Hermit Life

I haven't felt much like writing lately. I have felt more like burrowing deep into my home and not coming out for an indeterminate amount of time. I suppose we could blame my melancholy on the time of year, although I am hyper-aware that each successive morning and evening is a little brighter than the … Continue reading The Hermit Life

Life Rerouted

"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

The Radium Girls

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

7th Grade Gym Class Hell

"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

Throwback Thursday: A Cursed Weekend

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

Accidental Adrenaline Rush

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