I write through the passion I have for how much the world around me inspires me, and I create so the world inside me can be manifested.
Mom of 4, Birth Mom of 1, LGBTQIA+, I <3 Love.
Cognitively Delayed Children
There are a lot of unsung benefits to being the parent of a child who has cognitive delays. Being autistic is a factor, of course, as well as her speech delays; all of them combined play an integral role as to how I raise her as a human being that exits my own rules and enters her world of comfort.
Unusual Love, Actually
Love Actually is one of my favorite love movies of all time, and I am not the sort of person who enjoys romantic films. Released in 2003, the complexity of the movie's several overlapping stories of love captivated audiences worldwide. Nearly everyone who liked this movie found a love plot comparable to something they've experienced which made the movie relatable, as opposed to romance films that lead into the perfect happy ending with the perfect story to get them there. It also helped to have an enormous cast of several well-known actors, such as Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Keira Knightly, and Hugh Grant.
For years, one of my greatest concerns has been that children who are similar to who I’ve always been would never find a place they could think of as their true home. I had to grow and learn the hard way, surrounded by those who would have me burned for my gifts, and for years I took the public abuse and humiliation in the hopes that it would compensate for my unique abilities. Everyone, no matter who you are or what qualities identify you as a human being, deserves the chance to feel like they have a family.
The Least Boring Things I've Ever Done
You read stories often about paying it forward and performing acts of kindness in the world. There are a lot of similar stories, articles, tweets, posts, comments, etc. that tell the same moral over and over: pass along kindness, and it will be returned to you.
23rd January Well, today was the best and weirdest day I’ve ever had at work. I’ve been a gas station cashier for 7 months and I never expected much excitement beyond the one time that guy gave me $20 because he just cashed his tax check and wanted to spread some kindness. It was pretty cool. But, and I can’t believe I’m about to write this, some customer gave me a scratch-off lotto ticket today and it’s a $20,000 winner. I know, that’s a lot of money, and I can’t wrap my head around it. I mean he just walked right up to the counter, asked me if I could figure out how much he won, and I was blown away when I checked the codes on the machine. $20,000 is pretty major for a ticket you spent $5 on. I told him there are instructions on the backs of the tickets and that he should follow them so he could get his money, but he shook his head and just handed it to me. The weirdest part was when he said, “This is going to do exactly what it needs to do for you.” What does that even mean? Anyway, I’m going to start the process of getting the money and see if this is actually a dream come true. There can’t possibly be any catches here...but how weird is it that this would happen to me, of all people?
How Vocal Has Helped My Writing Goals
An Honest Overview of Vocal's Impact on an Aspiring Writer My initial interest in Vocal was entering the Little Black Book contest. After exploring the website and talking with my partner about how the website could be beneficial to me as a writer, my partner insisted on buying me three months of a Vocal Plus subscription. He believed it was a sound investment for something that makes me so happy, which is to create.
The Art of Perfect Imperfection
Most people have been exposed to magic in some form at some point in their childhood or adolescent times. You can ask just about anyone and they'll have some kind of movie, book, television show, or even singer who made them believe in something more than the world around us. Exploring what makes our hearts fill with the joy and wonder of mystical fantasy can bring wild theories, unspeakably beautiful daydreams, and most importantly, questions.
There's this way you look when you're telling a story, there's a comfort in your eyes that I see so plainly. When you stand in the door and my head tips back so far to meet your lips, it's one of those rom-com moments like a chuckle with a kiss.