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 […]


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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Beautiful–a list

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 […]

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 […]