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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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The Decade of Dále

Tomorrow morning, I will be nudged awake by my alarm, a song by Lata Mangeshkar, at 6:30 AM. Still dark out, I’ll put the kettle on to make some unbearably hot tea. I’ll put on my warmest sweater and bundle … 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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Personal Growth

Updates to the Playlist of Life

It’s been a little bit since my last post. I’ve been hung up on writing because I haven’t been sure about what I wanted to say. I started this blog because my friend died and I needed someplace to express … Read the rest

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Shame and the Art of Sewing

Lately, I’ve been struggling with feelings of shame. I’ve been unemployed since I got back to Phoenix, which has been about 7 weeks, though it feels like so much longer. A lot can happen in 7 weeks. At the moment, … Read the rest

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Personal Growth

Niche, Niche, Wherefore Art Thou Niche

So you want to start a successful blog, huh? Good luck, kid.

The Internet

That’s basically the impression I get from the internet when I ask the question how do I make blogging a serious thing? Not only is it … Read the rest

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Adventure Personal Growth

A Traveler Goes to Travel Rehab

I’m in probably 5 Facebook groups for women who love to travel. One is literally titled Girls LOVE Travel. Every day I get some kind of notification about a post where someone is looking for recommendations for their upcoming … Read the rest

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Personal Growth

I Think, Therefore I Write

Some years ago, the musician and artist Amanda Palmer gave a commencement speech at an art school. In her speech (which you can find here and is also excellent), she talks about something called The Fraud Police. It’s basically this … Read the rest

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Personal Growth

Learning to Listen

If talking were an Olympic sport, I’d be a gold medalist. I get it from my dad for sure, who can really let it rip if you get him going, and I know I’m the same. Sometimes I’ve been told … Read the rest

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Personal Growth

Talking Sessions #1

I had my first therapy session yesterday. I know most people keep these things private, and I won’t be sharing verbatim, but I thought I’d share a little bit about the experience in case someone else might find it helpful. … Read the rest