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

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

Mental Health & Recovery

The Day I Chose To Live Instead Of Simply Survive

I leaned against the bathroom door in my office, crying and shaking. My brain was fuzzy, unable to fully process what I was feeling. All I knew was that I was overwhelmed, frustrated, hated every minute I spent at work, and didn’t want to live anymore. I had felt this way for weeks, months really.…… Continue reading The Day I Chose To Live Instead Of Simply Survive

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

Justice & Equality

Shocking News: Adam and Eve Weren’t White

In the past few years I have tried to go outside of my comfort zone and get to knows a few teenagers in our community and school district, even mentoring them when I’m able. A high school girl of color I was talking with started joking around, not even realizing the implications of what she…… Continue reading Shocking News: Adam and Eve Weren’t White

Love, Life & Community

Give Yourself Permission To Relax

We live in a culture that is focused on constantly doing, engaging, and working. We only value those who work hard to contribute to society and often look down on people who choose to relax as “lazy”. I’ve only recently realized how pervasive this attitude is and how deeply I have ingrained and accepted it…… Continue reading Give Yourself Permission To Relax

Justice & Equality

What Roman Art Taught Me About Gender

Gender. It’s a hot topic right now. And despite all of our efforts to make sense of it and understand it I still feel like we’ve gotten it wrong. While traveling in Italy I found a work of art that really made me think. Please bear in mind that I’m not an art scholar, this is…… Continue reading What Roman Art Taught Me About Gender