On a Calm Life

I first got hooked on writer/philosopher Alan de Botton after reading his book, “The Course of Love.” His writing is wise, honest, and refreshingly frank — without being callous. In an essay for The Book of Life he wrote: “A calm life isn’t one that’s always perfectly serene. It is one where we are committed to calming down more… Read More

The Power of Self Encouragement

I keep thinking about something recently: why is it so easy for me to stick to some daily routines (coffee, checking Instagram, brushing my teeth), while it’s nearly impossible for me to stick to others? (Exercise, I’m looking at you). Of course, I enjoy drinking coffee and don’t particularly like exercising, but I’m so curious if there’s… Read More

How Are You Feeling (Really)?

How are you feeling these days? This recent article in the New York Times really spoke to me because I’ve definitely been feeling something recently, but I haven’t been able to pinpoint it… “In psychology, people with finely tuned feelings are said to exhibit “emotional granularity.” When reading about the abuses of the Islamic State, for… Read More

A New Dinner Ritual

So…..I’m not religious, but recently, I’ve started a little dinner ritual. Every night, before eating, I say a prayer. Basically, I take a moment to reflect; I’ll usually mention one thing that I’m grateful for or want to remember from that day (good fish tacos, a conversation with my mom, a beautiful full moon), and then I’ll… Read More

On Career Moves

For the past year, I’ve been working mainly from home, patching together a few freelance gigs. I’m a true homebody (exhibit a, exhibit b, exhibit c), and I loved the coziness and flexibility. And then, this spring, I hit a wall. I began to feel really isolated and lonely, and dreaded each day as they came, another one spent at home,… Read More