A Letter To My 18 Year-Old Self

Dear Sarah, You will change so much in the next ten years, it will make your head spin. Mistakes, many many mistakes, will happen. You will, sometimes, hate yourself. You will question the purpose of it all, and wonder if you are doing anything right. You will wonder if you are broken and beyond repair. […]

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The Big Experiment

Every morning my alarm goes off at 6:00 sharp. I curse it, blink my eyes, and roll over to hug my dog. As I savor the last few moments snuggled up with him in my warm bed, I know that I can’t delay for too long. He is restless because in his world it is […]

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Crazy About Charlie

World, there’s an important new guy in my life. And his name is Charlie. Charlie’s a 1 year old Lab-Rottweiler (and German Shepherd?) mix who was found wandering around northern San Diego County. He had no microchip, no home, and no place to go. He was turned in as a stray to California Labradors, Retrievers […]

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Work In Progress

Sometimes it’s difficult to be brave and honest and well-spoken and tactful. Sometimes it is exhausting to keep trying to be kind when you want to scream, to smile when you want to cry from frustration, and to remain calm when it seems like the obstacles just won’t stop coming. You’re an adult. You have […]

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The Perfect Days

Have you ever had a perfect day? I am talking about the kind of day where things aren’t really perfect, not by a long shot, but for today and maybe only today you are content with things exactly as they are. There isn’t any rhyme or reason- nothing particularly great has happened and you still […]

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Weekend Getaway

Sometimes you just need to get out of town and hit the mental reset button. This past weekend, I took an impromptu trip a couple of hours northeast to Palm Desert. Escaping one paradise for another didn’t seem like such a bad idea. What can I say, living in Southern California is extremely challenging. I […]

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Something To Be Dealt With

When life speeds up, little things start to fall by the wayside. And slowly but surely, the smaller things being left behind turn into the bigger things being left behind. Like writing and exercise. Two things as essential to me as breathing, if I am paying any mind to my well-being, yet my focus on […]

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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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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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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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