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Grieving Personal Growth

A Letter on Your Birthday

It would be about a week ago that I’d have sent you something in the mail for your birthday. At the very least, a very excited text with a lot of caps and exclamation points would be arriving in your … Read the rest

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Grieving Personal Growth

5 Ways to Survive the Holidays

When you’re grieving or otherwise a total mess

I have always loved Christmas. Unfortunately, I don’t come from a holiday-loving family. Don’t get me wrong, we celebrated. But it was never a huge deal. And honestly, it never felt homey. … Read the rest

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The Importance of Stuff

For the better part of the last 6 years, I’ve owned very little. I’ve moved a few times, and realized fairly quickly that I didn’t need, or even want, a lot of the things I owned up to that point. … Read the rest

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Adventure Grieving Personal Growth

A Wellington Read-cation

I am an avid reader. Ever since I learned how to read, I have gobbled up books like they were going out of style. I love reading in a serious way. It feels like a meal for my mind. It … Read the rest

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Grieving Personal Growth

Losing a Loving Man

This post has been really difficult for me to write. It’s a complicated ball of emotions that is very tightly tangled. I’m not really even sure how to pick it up and examine it, let alone attempt to untangle it, … Read the rest

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The Reckoning

In my room there is a huge skylight that is right above my bed. When I first moved in, it was covered by a piece of black plastic, but the room felt so dingy and sad without the sun that … Read the rest

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Missing Persons

I am sitting on the plane, one flight of many, and I’m not excited. I’m frankly not feeling any kind of anything. I’m not scared, but I’m not thrilled either; I’m all business.

I made the trip from Phoenix, Arizona … Read the rest

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Grieving

Three Girls, Death Particles, and a Funeral

The day of my 18th birthday can’t be beat. After a humiliating fiasco involving the police the previous night, I woke up ready for the day, my first full one in Edinburgh, Scotland. I recall that I wore some really … Read the rest

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Disney is for Love(rs)

Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.

Is what the sign that hangs at the entrance to Disneyland says. Past that bridge, you are an eternal kid among a sea of kids, young and … Read the rest

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Have Grief, Will Travel

It was our first day in LA on a very short weekend excursion, and we got up bright eyed and bushy-tailed at 6:30 AM with one goal in mind: get to the cemetery as early as possible. It would be … Read the rest