Maybe it’s pride, but…

Transitions can bring about the good, the bad, and the ugly. They can show you what you're made of. They can illuminate the true nature of certain relationships in your life. They can drive you a bit crazy. Or they can fill you with confidence. They can also knock you on your ass. We've all [...]

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I am not my hair.

[hair & happy] So I've been having this struggle with beauty lately. I've done a few things about it. I wrote about Numbers. I've been attempting to attempt the whole eating-healthy-working-out-not-overdoing-it thing ((again)). So far so good with that. But I'm still struggling. I also read this article on beauty and the most powerful decision [...]

A note, to Clouds, on balance.

Dear Clouds, I'm sorry to tell you this but balance is bullshit. *read this article. it's full of slap you in your face truth -- which i think is some of the best kind of truth there is. like this one: More than 50 years ago, the United States was roiled by the feminist and [...]

8 life lessons learned from a weekend away

8 life lessons learned from a weekend away Story behind this list: this past weekend, I had the amazingly wonderful privilege to spend it growing in my faith, feeding my spirit, and healing my soul…in an unexpectedly exhausting way. I attended my first ACTS retreat followed by being confirmed in my Catholic faith. This post [...]

Being proud — or, not my father’s reasons.

Well, folks, it finally happened. My dad told me he was proud of me. Clear as day. Mija, I'm proud of you. His reason? Me not being pregnant or having children at this point in my life. Now, I can sit here and write about the machismo-reasonings behind that statement. the actual "i'm proud of [...]

“Like if you’ve…” — or on defiance, stubbornness, or tenacity

[on gender & happy] You've seen those "like if you've ___" posts on Facebook, right? Youknow, the ones that tell you to 'like' the post if you remember an old movie? ...or if you remember a childhood trend? ...or if you're an 80s- / 90s- / any-decade-because-they-all-eventually-have-trends- baby? ...or if you support our troops? ...or if you [...]

words for a (wo)man.

[on gender & happy] “It's definitely difficult being a woman and growing up a girl. When you're graceful, people say you lack personality; when you're serene, people say you're boring; when you're confident, people say you're arrogant; when you're feminine, people say you're too girly; and when you climb trees, people say you're too much [...]