The Case for Vulnerability

I recently had a couple of good friends describe me as “really upbeat and optimistic.” Which is awesome and all, but I couldn’t help myself from thinking… Really? I try my best to be a cheerful person—it’s something my parents emphasized the heck out of when I was...

BusyBusyBusy

Do you ever hear a song that just speaks to your soul? One of those tunes that gets stuck in your head for days on end, because whoever wrote it is clearly some parallel universe version of you? Like, a song that captures exactly how you’re feeling? For me, this song...

Going Abroad Is Like Writing a Book

Ciao, amici! It’s been a while since I posted anything here, but I’d like to blame Italy. After the hastiest spring break of my life—two days spent in a flurry of unpacking and repacking—I stuffed my passport in my backpack, spun the dials on my hot pink, TSA-approved...

Writing Healthy

My dorm room cooking station, feat. yoga mat and running shoes.   “I’m one of those people who loves to be busy.” I say this a lot. I said this at the beginning of this quarter. And someday, I’m probably going to regret saying it. That day is not today. Right...

NaNoWriMo 2015

NaNoWriMo 2015? Complete. *Exhales deeply, tries not to pass out from exertion.* If you’re like me and just wrapped up NaNo, congratulations! If you’re still working away, keep going! I believe in you. If you have no clue what NaNoWriMo is, I’d like to direct you...