Cost of Celebration

For the past week I’ve been on a family trip, celebrating an array of things: my brother’s college graduation, adulthood, and stepping into my older sister’s place for the first time.  Over the entire week we traveled and celebrated.  Every dinner, every comment, every time the sun warmed up our frozen bodies, we said wordsContinue reading “Cost of Celebration”

5 Things To Do When You’re In a Rut

There is no denying that life is often a rollercoaster with many ups, and many more downs. We can rarely have one without the other. Call it equivalent exchange, karma, what have you, but we cannot experience success all the time. Most people will periodically fall into a rut.These can last anywhere from a fewContinue reading “5 Things To Do When You’re In a Rut”

Living With Driving Anxiety

Unlike the typical American teen, I did not receive my driver’s license in high school. While my friends spent afternoons in driver’s ed, behind the wheel or a desk, I walked home through the heat of the Hawaiian sun. Even throughout college, I commuted by bus or, if I was lucky, caught a ride withContinue reading “Living With Driving Anxiety”

A Story of How to Fly

For months, possibly even a year or more, my grandfather kept two birds, rock pigeons, in a cage suspended four feet off the ground. The cage, although big enough to house the two, did not allow them enough space to spread their wings and fly. Despite this, my grandfather kept them there for reasons unknownContinue reading “A Story of How to Fly”

What Rejection Teaches A Writer

Many might believe that to become a writer you must write well. You must be able to flesh out various characters, create a compelling plot, and be able to weave in elegance with the mundane. Essentially, you are a magician, creating something out of nothing. Wingardium Leviosa—or so they say. Other characteristics of a writerContinue reading “What Rejection Teaches A Writer”

The Art of Saying No

Perhaps we’re ambitious, eager to take on anything and everything that comes our way. From helping friends move, to tutoring younger siblings, and even taking on an extra shift at work, we can view favors and requests as opportunities, chances to grow and help others. But sometimes this altruistic nature can be our downfall. Sometimes,Continue reading “The Art of Saying No”

A Returning Catholic’s Guide to Lent

To think, we are already two years into the coronavirus pandemic. Life Pre-Covid (PC) seems like a far off dream, a memory that we long to relive over and over once again. Thankfully, with the introduction of vaccines and boosters, we’re able to safely step outside and be around others while continuing to uphold cautionaryContinue reading “A Returning Catholic’s Guide to Lent”

A Lesson From Sharks

When I was a child, I used to be in love with sharks. I read about them in libraries, watched various shows and documentaries—I even imagined swimming around with them. Now, this might seem strange, as we are taught and eventually learn that sharks are these fearsome creatures, but something about them interested me. IContinue reading “A Lesson From Sharks”

What To Do If You’re Single On Valentine’s Day

You’re single, so what? Most of the time, our relationship status does not matter as we’re all too busy with our own lives. But once a year, what started off as a day to recognize a saint, Valentine’s Day has evolved into something more. Whether that’s a good or bad thing, you can decide forContinue reading “What To Do If You’re Single On Valentine’s Day”

What I Learned Working Out Every Day For A Month

For the latter half of 2021, exercise was always on my mind—and how I did so little of it. I knew what having a workout routine was like, how to meal prep, and could remain consistent for months at a time. However, for most of 2021, my workout routine went out the window and myContinue reading “What I Learned Working Out Every Day For A Month”