Mental Health & Recovery

I Opened Up About Self-Harm To My Entire College. This Is What Happened.

I stood backstage, my heart racing and my palms sweaty as I glanced over my notes. I was about to tell the majority of my college that I struggle with depression and self-harm. I was scared. I couldn’t believe I was actually about to tell everyone some of my darkest, most shameful secrets. But I…… Continue reading I Opened Up About Self-Harm To My Entire College. This Is What Happened.

Love, Life & Community

No Words to Say Goodbye, But Goodbyes Aren’t Always Forever

This piece was originally published by Feminine Collective on 4/4/2016. “They’re on their way,” my mom said. My heart sank. This was going to be painful. I didn’t know what I was going to say. One of my closest friends was coming over. We had very similar, although quite odd, interests for teenage girls, but this time we weren’t planning…… Continue reading No Words to Say Goodbye, But Goodbyes Aren’t Always Forever

Love, Life & Community

5 Ways To Welcome People Into Your Home Like An Italian

I want my home to be a place where people can feel comfortable. I want people to feel free to just drop in because they happened to be in the area. I want my home to be welcoming to everyone, including my own family. Yet I find it difficult to make that a reality. In…… Continue reading 5 Ways To Welcome People Into Your Home Like An Italian

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I Let Go of Paranoia and Traveled To Local Areas

As I told my fellow American friends, relatives, and coworkers I was preparing to travel to Mexico, everyone had advice to give. “Don’t drink the water.” “Don’t eat the shrimp.” “Don’t eat at the local restaurants.” “Don’t go into the downtown areas.” “Don’t drink beverages with ice.” “Don’t get bit by bugs.” “Don’t go out…… Continue reading I Let Go of Paranoia and Traveled To Local Areas

Love, Life & Community

What Roman Art Taught Me About Value

While touring Italy I found myself challenged and moved by many of the beautiful art pieces we saw, as great art should move its viewer. I’m not an art scholar, but I would like to reflect on how some of these masterpieces moved me. I was really challenged to reconsider how I think about things…… Continue reading What Roman Art Taught Me About Value