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”

Poetry: Still; Praying

I am always lookingat a portrait of youdrawn or photographedsmiling down at me Most days I still find youalive and well in this roomeither catching your breathor dancing along to a melody in your headas I watch from the hallwaywith both hands claspedin a fervent prayer Even now I plead with Godwith the same requestthatContinue reading “Poetry: Still; Praying”

3 Questions to Ask When You Want to Move On

We’ve all been there: a bad break-up, losing a loved one, a toxic workplace environment. We’ve all been through a situation that pushes us to the edge, until eventually we’re left with only one option: to leave it all behind. Although, at first, this might be far from our mind. On the way to thisContinue reading “3 Questions to Ask When You Want to Move On”

Dear You, Pt. 38 To the Ones Gone

It is hard to start this without feeling a heaviness in my chest. How long has it been? A few weeks? Months? Time stopped completely when you left, so all the days have blended in together. Each and every day just ended up being the same. I hope you will forgive me for being inContinue reading “Dear You, Pt. 38 To the Ones Gone”

The Things that Come with Age

When I was barely eighteen, growing older meant a life in a comfortable apartment, more freedom, and a passport filled with stamps that served as souvenirs from countless adventures abroad, surrounded by friends I met along the way. At twenty-nine, however, growing older now means thinking about my grandparents/parents health, feeling happiness in putting newContinue reading “The Things that Come with Age”

How I Feel About Blogging Now

Blogging has been a big part of my life since middle school. Now, to give context to this, I started blogging when Xanga was still around — yes, I am that old. But that’s besides the point. I treated Xanga more or less like a diary. Some days I blogged a page worth of thoughts,Continue reading “How I Feel About Blogging Now”

Life of an Introvert: Recharging Your Social Battery

Introvert – a person whose personality is characterized by introversion : a typically reserved or quiet person who tends to be introspective and enjoys spending time alone. If you’re an introvert like me, you enjoy your alone time. Whether it’s as simple as taking a walk in your favorite park or trekking through the mallContinue reading “Life of an Introvert: Recharging Your Social Battery”

The Importance of Your Health

Sometimes having family in the medical field can be a good thing. You always have someone to turn to when the doctor doesn’t make any sense. If you’re prescribed new medicine, you can always ask your doctor cousin, nurse mother, or surgeon older sister if it’s the right fit for you. Talking about our healthContinue reading “The Importance of Your Health”

The Art of Grieving

Grief – deep and poignant distress caused by or as if by bereavement. When I was younger, I believed grief to only be a feeling that swells up inside of me like the rising tide. It grows bigger and bigger until finally, it crashes down over my entire body, swallowing me whole, then drags meContinue reading “The Art of Grieving”