Meaningful Relationships

This is Us

I have been in a relationship for all of my adult life, but I am the worst at giving dating advice. That’s because I have been in a relationship with the same man for all of my adult life. Matthew didn’t seem like the one when I was a senior in high school. He was …

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Caterpillars in the Ferns

There were caterpillars in the ferns, a perfectly natural occurrence. The only problem was that these ferns were inside my apartment. One stood in the entryway and the other on a warm wooden table. Those plants were at my wedding. They welcomed me home after each work day. The green of the leaves instantly relaxing …

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The End of Preparation

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, …

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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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Uncaffeinated

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 …

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A Dancer’s Grace

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. …

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