The End of Preparation

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I’ve wanted to write more for two years now. And yet, somehow, I’m still not ready. My process looks something like this: Start reading an inspirational book on creativity. Big Magic, If You Want to Write, and Walking on Water are a few such books. Each paragraph nudges me to craft phrases of my own, […]

On making space


I had about a nine month gap between moving out of the apartment I shared with roommates and moving in with my husband-to-be. The process of finding a new place to live stressed me out, so I decided to move into a studio apartment in the building connected to where I lived. Easiest move of […]


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I don’t want to be a short adult. With that thought, an elementary school-aged me decided not to drink caffeine. It was more of a statement than a lifestyle change. Soda was already rare treat, and I hated the taste of my dad’s black coffee. It was easy to live my mostly caffeine-less life until […]

A Dancer’s Grace

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Come to the floor for adagio. Those words signaled the testing of my dancer’s grace. In ballet, the adagio is a monologue of sorts. The dancer pushes her body to extremes while crafting a narrative. Her character is in love. Her character is in despair. No one would know that the dancer is in pain. […]

Beautiful–a list

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An incomplete list of things that make me feel beautiful: The mixture of exhaustion and strength that I feel at the end of a tough workout Painted nails, preferably in OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark Being twirled around on the dance floor Having a clear complexion A pair of high waisted jeans Conversations at the […]

Truth as a Personal Excellence


I’ve always loved learning, always been curious. However, the dictionary and I did not used to get along. I’d want to know what a word meant. My mom would remind me that there was a book just a few steps away that conveniently contained definitions for every word in the English language. I was not […]



I’m not making resolutions for 2016. I figure that, between a wedding and various side endeavors, I have enough going on. This year is about actually creating instead of telling myself that I’ll “be more creative.” A word came to mind, and the idea of a word of the year seemed like a good compromise between a […]

On writing


All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know. Ernest Hemingway I’ve been avoiding writing– or doing anything truly creative for that matter. Is it a coincidence that I feel as if abundant life escapes me? I think not. I have defaulted to being a consumer, receiving […]

Awake and alive


  I am awake and alive Those are the first words I speak to myself in the morning. Sometimes the words are a declaration. Other times they are a soft reminder. I am awake and alive. As long as that is true, there is  work to be done. I am awake and alive, and all […]

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