I haven’t written much yet on my struggles with depression in my teens/early 20’s. Those are perhaps my most real memories. They made me who I am; they prepared me for what came next. (After all, if I could make it through some of those dark times, I could definitely make it through physical pain). … More The way I wish I could write: Natalie Breuer, “On Depression”
“I have been away. I have often thought of how to begin this blog again after a long hiatus and then more time would pass and there it stood waiting for me to speak, write, and reach out. The reason for my silence is the same reason for beginning this blog. Living with chronic illness … More A Returning
So I’ve been clearing out all the old stuff from my storage unit. Finding so many reminders of all the plans I once had. The high-heeled boots I bought senior year of high school, right before the Halloween dance. My friends and I were all going to go as “sexy cops.” (I know). My running … More A Clearing
I’ve realized something about myself recently– something that has implications for my ability to heal. I’m sharing it with you all, in case it can help spark a similar realization for anyone else out there. *** As many of you know, when I was in high school I had an eating disorder. I was very … More Inner Limits
I’m one of those people who is spiritual, not religious. But I love holidays because of how everything slows down, and people come out of their shells. In Boston, on a weekday… you better not dare to take an extra two seconds to make your turn, because you’ll definitely get honked at by at least … More Graceful.
And one foot pointing toward my dreams… I haven’t been able to write as much as I’d like recently, because I’ve been busy focusing on my real-world exploits: specifically, earning money for grad school. It’s hard to find the right balance. Follow your dreams and the money will come, they say. But when your dreams … More One foot in the real world…
These days, I’m all about the little things. Last Sunday, I went with my friend Romina to her father’s house in Rhode Island. I would say that we were going to visit, but we were actually short on time, and Romina just needed to drop some things off. But we ended up having a great … More Little things
I had a crazy, fun-filled weekend. The kind of weekend I haven’t had in at least five years. Five years ago, my friends and I went to a “tango night” at a local restaurant. It was an amazing evening. The teachers were professional dancers, and a lot of the other students were from other countries. … More Lessons from an amazing weekend
This is the question that has consumed me recently: how do people take their most precious and guarded memories, and spin them into stories, unfurling them to the world? It seems so easy when other people do it– when you read a famous, heart-wrenching novel for class, and analyze its themes. “I could do that,” … More Reading List: Vulnerability
I’ve noticed something about myself, since I started this blog. I love, love, love sharing my writing with others, and forming connections. Every time I have a meaningful moment on here– let’s say I publish a particularly personal post, and people really respond to it– I’m exhilarated. I get totally fired up. I start planning … More Fear of authenticity
I have recently discovered the most amazing blog: “para las fridas,” by C. Luepkes, and I really think you all should check it out. The following quote is from C.’s post “A Returning,” in which she describes her decision to return to her blog again following an absence. I identify with every word, and of … More A blog you have to check out: Para Las Fridas
A frustrated family member asked me this question once, and it really stuck with me. As much as I believe in my own reasons for writing, it kind of freaked me out. What if other people are wondering the same thing? How can I have an entire series of posts about how my life was … More “Why are you writing about overcoming pain, when you’re still in pain?”
A few days ago, I went for a walk around this beautiful historical estate that’s practically next to where I live now. I’ve been making some big changes in my life recently, and some of them have been pretty difficult. This park feels like home to me, so I went there to clear my head. … More I understood myself only after…
So, you may have noticed that I haven’t written very much recently. Since I started my blog, my policy was generally only to write if things were going well– or at least, to only highlight the positive. The Internet is tricky. We’re all still figuring out– and as we figure it out, it’s constantly changing. … More To Be Professional, or Authentic?