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
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
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
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
The night before I left New Zealand, I had a full on panic attack. I said good night to my flatmates, brushed my teeth, and went to bed, only to all of a sudden find it difficult to breathe. I … Read the rest
Try saying Wairarapa five times fast.
Okay it actually sounds just like it’s spelled, but New Zealand is full of places with these Māori names that seem like a mouthful. Here I am, in … Read the rest
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
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
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