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  • Jogging Thoughts: What Could Have Been With Medicine

    Jogging Thoughts: What Could Have Been With Medicine

    Sometimes I wonder what kind of teacher I could have been had I been properly medicated for my thyroid issue. I don’t think I would have exactly been Jaime Escalante, but still. I think I could have been a lot more fun… or perhaps a lot less secretly miserable.

  • On Healthy Relationships: Maybe Love *Should* Be Conditional

    On Healthy Relationships: Maybe Love *Should* Be Conditional

    When I was younger, the most romantic thought in my head was that someone could love me unconditionally, in spite of all my flaws and faults and myriad poor life choices–so I made that my goal in my endeavors. To be able to love people (friends, family, romantic partners) without conditions. That road? The road of absolute, unconditional, “I will do anything, put up with anything, sacrifice anything for you” kind of love? That road leads to unhealthy relationships.

  • It’s 2 a.m. and I am in so much pain.

    It’s 2 a.m. and I am in so much pain.

    I woke up because every muscle in my body is on fire. Existing hurts. I did ten minutes of light yoga and walked 9k steps yesterday. The day before, I completed four exercises with 6lb weights or body weights. This isn’t DOMS. This is an autoimmune flare. Again. Sunday, I felt great. Good enough to […]

  • Why Planning Ahead is Hard with an Autoimmune Condition

    Why Planning Ahead is Hard with an Autoimmune Condition

    I realize today why I hate making plans: I never know how I will feel in the future. I never know if I will have to cancel, or if I will have grit my teeth and force myself through it in the name of being a good friend, a good daughter, a good ally, a good person. Only to collapse after.

  • My Memory List: An Exercise For Mental Health

    My Memory List: An Exercise For Mental Health

    My lovely friend Mindy does this fascinating thing where, at the start of a given year, she writes down all the memories she wants to create — and then blogs about them as she intentionally makes those memories, a loving time capsule of joy. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a glorious exercise in positive mental health.

  • On Identity and Grief: I Am Not One Thing

    On Identity and Grief: I Am Not One Thing

    Who wants to read from every chapter in a very jumbled and random book? It’s then that I realize: there it is again, that very complicated grief. The only person who’d want to read that book would be…

  • Favorite Toys & First Memories

    Favorite Toys & First Memories

    Today’s bloganuary post (“What was your favorite toy as a child?”) ties into something I’ve been tossing around in my heart — the concept of first memories and their impact on you and relationships. In my first memory, I was clutching my favorite toy, a stuffed puppy, and screaming for my mother. I was somewhere […]

  • What advice would you give your teenaged-self?

    What advice would you give your teenaged-self?

    New Life Learning: Taking up joyful space on purpose goes beyond merely being. It’s in the joyful doing–sloppily, messily, colorfully doing!

  • 24

    24

    I don’t know how we can each have twenty-four hours in a given day, and yet it can vary so. Much. In how long they each, one by one, take to pass. Today has been the second longest day of my life. The longest was the one I sat by my dying mother’s bedside. Today, […]

  • Putting Myself First with ADHD

    Putting Myself First with ADHD

    The last time I remember (unintentionally) putting myself first, I was probably in high school; I was happy, I was healthy, and I was failing. Is it possible to put my wellness first AND be a fully functioning adult with ADHD? Let’s find out!

  • “What are you an authority on?”

    “What are you an authority on?”

    As I drove my parakeet to the vet for what feels like the hundredth time, I listened to podcasts on WordPress; one theme occurred repeatedly: What are you an authority on? The concept was about search engines; they want to see where your expertise lies, to show the very best content, the most relevant… but […]

  • On becoming your favorite version of yourself.

    On becoming your favorite version of yourself.

    An Instagram post recently resonated with me: I feel like people struggle with this on the whole. It’s why so many of us compare our imperfect lives to heavily filtered versions of other people’s “reality”. It’s why we don’t offer ourselves a measure of grace when we fail to live up to our own or […]

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