Meaningful Change

Country Roads

I grew up listening to country music. It was the soundtrack to almost every road trip I’ve ever been on. Our family rule is that the driver picks the music, which is convenient for my dad becase he drives about 97% of the time. As a child, country stations became mile markers. We’d get out …

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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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Meaningful Relationships

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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Meaningful Work

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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Meaningful Relationships

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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