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”
Some of the stuff I’ve been writing about on my blog has felt a little bit heavy recently, so I thought I’d just take a moment and share something I’ve been meaning to for a while: When I first started blogging back in 2012, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, or if anyone … More A way of giving back (free photos!)
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
It occurred to me recently that I really haven’t talked much about my progress towards becoming a physical therapist on this blog. So, if you’re curious, here’s my deal: I have a Bachelor’s degree in the humanities. My concentration was social theory, with an emphasis on gender studies. My goals, when I was in college, were focused … More The road to physical therapy school
It’s so interesting for me to go back to San Francisco. As you may remember, I spent a few weeks in SF back in June, following a good friend’s wedding in Napa Valley. I actually just wrapped up another trip out there. I spent most of September in SF, staying with a friend and trying … More San Francisco, Revisited
A friend posted this article about the pitfalls of positive psychology on Facebook this morning, and gosh– it resonated. I’ve honestly been annoyed by the concept of positive thinking for a long time. It seems like most of the time, when someone tells urges you to be more “positive,” what they really mean is that … More The ‘Tyranny’ of Positive Thinking
I’ve held off on writing this post until I was absolutely sure, but the time has come for me to make my official pronouncement. In my post at the end of this past June, I explained how my SI joints were unexpectedly doing better following my 3 weeks in California. At first, I had thought … More The end of my SI joint problems is officially in sight.
I’ve been away from my blog for the past month, and I have so much to tell you all. I took what was supposed to be a five-day trip to a wedding in California, and turned it into an amazing, impromptu two and a half week stay. To be honest, I was really scared to … More Newfound possibility
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.
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
Ironically, I have a feeling this is going to be somewhat of a meandering post… because I have a lot of thoughts I want to share on the topic of staying in place. I moved somewhat recently (last spring) after living with family for several years. I didn’t move far (still in the suburbs of … More Sense of Place
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
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?”