Three Tips for Goal Achievement: Lessons in Jogging

Today, for the first time in months, I went jogging. To be clear, I really dislike jogging. And yet, jog I did. It took three different realizations to motivate me to make the decision to do it, and I'd like to share them with you here. Who knows? Maybe my experience could help you. Number … Continue reading Three Tips for Goal Achievement: Lessons in Jogging


Unemployment, Netflix, and the Postponement of my Childhood Dreams

I had an interview today that didn't go as well as I hoped it would. To be fair, when I shook the interviewer's hand and left her office, I was feeling pretty confident. But it's been about twelve hours since we talked, and in that time I've thought of about a dozen things I wish I had … Continue reading Unemployment, Netflix, and the Postponement of my Childhood Dreams

TBT: “Day 1”

Throwback to a piece of unpublished writing I did in November 2014. P.S. It's super dark and it makes me sad that I used to be this human. So, trigger warning I guess? I’m writing this because I want to prove to myself that what is happening to me right now matters. I want to … Continue reading TBT: “Day 1”


There will always be voices. Voices that tell you what you are. Where you'll go. Who you can be. There will always be voices, and only you can choose which voices you believe. Last week I was playing with a toddler who asked me to help him set up his train tracks in a circle. Later, while he … Continue reading Voices

When a 5% Deduction is 100% Awesome

April 26, 2015, 10:51 p.m. I'm a few hours into writing a seven-page final paper. It's due in an hour or so, but I won't be able to finish it on time. I'll have to take a 5 or 10% grade deduction for handing it in late. It's no big. For the first time in … Continue reading When a 5% Deduction is 100% Awesome

Death Will Grow My Jasmine

Today I opened the door and was greeted with a hearty gust of wind. It tugged on my flyaway curls and buffeted my face. The walk to the bus stop was spicier than usual, bits of dirt and leaves and twigs scratching my calves. It was the first day I wore shorts to school this … Continue reading Death Will Grow My Jasmine

To-Do: Self-Actualization

I met with a college advisement counselor today who advised me to meet with another advisement counselor. The first one, an elderly man with a warm smile, was checking off classes on a list, writing down programs and semester names, chatting about how education is truly the greatest profession. I smiled. I nodded. The whole … Continue reading To-Do: Self-Actualization