Happy Sunday and Happy Mother's Day, friends. Today is a day that can be so complex and bring up various complicated emotions for many of us. Some are celebrating their mothers and mother figures, some are grieving the loss of their mothers, and some have difficult (or non-existent) relationships with their mothers. Whatever it is… Continue reading On Mother’s Day
Who Gets It: Us or Them?
Happy Sunday, friends! The last time I wrote an entry, it was at the end of a trying yet illuminating week. It was also the day before my 35th birthday. Just a week after publishing that post, I found myself landing in the South of France (and eventually Italy) with my sisters, embarking on a… Continue reading Who Gets It: Us or Them?
5 Lessons Before 35
I can hardly believe I'm turning 35 tomorrow (eek!), and while this is an incredibly exciting new chapter that I'm about to embark upon, I have to admit that this week has been one of the most difficult ones of my life. It's also been one of the most revealing ones. It's pushed me to… Continue reading 5 Lessons Before 35
What to do when the news is heavy
Between last week's devastating earthquake that killed more than 41,000 people in Turkey and Syria, this Monday's shooting at Michigan State University that claimed the lives of three students and injured five more, the train derailment in East Palatine, Ohio that released toxic chemicals and now poses great health and environmental risks to community members… Continue reading What to do when the news is heavy
Loving You at Every Shape and Size
TW: weight, weight loss, scale, disordered eating, restricting It's not an overstatement or exaggeration to say that I have struggled with my weight my entire life. In fact, I think I was in the 8th grade the first time I joined Weight Watchers and started dieting. I'm sure I was one of the youngest people… Continue reading Loving You at Every Shape and Size
Be less human and more human(e)
My mom raised my sisters and me to always say "good morning" to those we knew and to strangers on the street. She raised us to say "bless you" when someone sneezes. She raised us to follow the Golden Rule: to treat people with kindness and compassion. And somewhere down the line, I started to… Continue reading Be less human and more human(e)
Step Into Your Limelight
Ever since I was a little girl, I was obsessed with all things British. I listened to the Spice Girls on repeat, I had the Princess Diana Beanie Baby locked in a protective case, and I even perfected a British accent that I would force upon anyone who would listen. And not much has changed… Continue reading Step Into Your Limelight
Motivational Monday: Get Into Good Trouble
It's been almost two months since my last post. I never intend to take breaks, but it feels like every time I'm motivated and inspired to write consistently, a new societal shift occurs that knocks me off my feet and leaves me floundering for a bit until I start to feel more like myself again.… Continue reading Motivational Monday: Get Into Good Trouble
Motivational Monday: Be Like Mike!
Happy Motivational Monday and Memorial Day, friends! I hope you had a wonderful three-day weekend and did something that sparked joy or made your soul smile...even if it was sitting on the couch and binge-watching ESPN's docuseries The Last Dance like I did (so good, right?)! As a Chicagoan who grew up watching and rooting… Continue reading Motivational Monday: Be Like Mike!
Feature Friday: South Side Environmental Education Directive (SEED)
At the start of the quarantine, 19-year-old Iván did what so many of us did: embraced the novelty of the pandemic and binge-watched the latest Netflix shows to pass the time. Now that the novelty has worn off, Iván has worked hard to create structure, self-reflect, and find what brings him true joy. All of… Continue reading Feature Friday: South Side Environmental Education Directive (SEED)