Give Me Failure

Failure has taught me many things. Self-hate, for instance. Failure has taught me lots and lots about that. It has taught me how to be really great at tearing myself down and convincing myself that I will never succeed. It has taught me fear. Failure hurts. It cuts deep and it is difficult to recover […]

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adulthood

I try to start every day with a to-do list. Some days I get it all done. Some days I completely forget to even make a list. Most days I am somewhere in-between, crossing out the easier items with satisfaction and rolling over the rest to the next day’s list. Order business cards. Work on […]

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Authenticity and Just a Little Bit of Grace

Christmas in my household is small and quiet. This year, it was even smaller and quieter than usual, consisting of me, my mom, my step-dad and step-sister. My two step-brothers, who are mostly always around for this holiday, couldn’t make it down this year. I sat in our family living room, staring at the beautifully […]

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Just Start

You want to know something powerful? You are the single person responsible for your future, and you are also the only person holding you back. You’ve probably heard that before, in some shape or form. I just wanted to reiterate it, because it has become one of my integral core values. I have learned, from […]

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Dropping the Guilt

Have you ever experienced something and once you were done with it, you were left in a state of complete and utter bewilderment? A breakup. A fight with a best friend. A disagreement with a coworker. During it you speak slowly, try not to overreact, and do your best to stay calm. You struggle to […]

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Gratitude Check

Some days, it feels like everything is in sync. You wake up on the right side of the bed, there’s no traffic on the way to work, your morning coffee tastes extra delicious, and it feels like, well, a Friday. Some days are more challenging. Some days it seems like nothing is going right, like […]

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On the Pursuit of Happiness

Let’s talk about happiness for a minute. You find what makes you happy, and you do that. Over and over again, adding new things to the list as they bring you joy. Simple, right? Not always. There have been years in my life where a state of happiness was not something I identified with. I […]

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Unexpected Obstacles and the CA DMV

Clerk: “That will be four forty.” Long pause. Me:”As in, four dollars and forty cents?” Clerk: “No, Miss, four hundred and forty dollars.” Me: Gulp. And THAT is how my trip to the DMV went yesterday. After some grumbling and a few exasperated looks thrown at the clerk, I reached into my wallet and took […]

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26 Things I Learned at Twenty-Six

1. Cultivating a better sense of self-not everybody’s doing it.┬áNot everybody gets more mature, ┬ádriven, or self-aware as they grow older. Don’t waste your time on these people, there’s too many awesome ones to surround yourself with. 2. Sometimes you’ll hate your day job. Don’t give up. 3. Follow your passions. They are the surest […]

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Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry pancakes make me happy. Blueberry pancakes from Denny’s at midnight make me even happier. There is something magical about them. Creamy butter and sticky, sweet, syrup perfectly complementing the easy conversation being traded lightly across the table. Conversation is always easy over blueberry pancakes. You find yourself divulging some of your innermost fears over […]

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