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Personal Growth

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

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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Grieving

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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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

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Adventure Personal Growth

All Over the Show

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

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Adventure Personal Growth

Ode to Wairarapa

Try saying Wairarapa five times fast.

Surveyor of the great glistening coast

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

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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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Adventure Grieving Personal Growth

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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Adventure Grieving Personal Growth

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