My Hero Hasn't Outgrown Me Yet
Dear Ben, For the first twenty years of my life, I was convinced there wasn't anyone on this planet with as messy a heart as mine. I hid my big feelings and tucked away the chaotic and vulnerable parts of myself from a world I was sure didn't have the capacity to make room for the fullness of who I am.
To The Women Who've Mothered Me
I recall sitting in the privacy of my car on an unseasonably warm afternoon last May. I can still smell the freshly-cut grass, earthy and sweet, and feel the breeze brushing my disheveled flyaway hairs against the side of my face.
Dear Mom & Dad
January 24, 2022 Dear Mom & Dad, While you were packing, Sis told me that you're leaving for Arizona tomorrow. Why would you keep this a secret from me? You know I can’t live without you. I don’t want you to go. I love Julianna too, but it isn’t the same when you’re not around.
My Top 10 Truths for 2022
Many years ago, I began a "diet" that quickly spiraled into disordered eating comfortably disguised as a New Year's resolution. Undoing what damage I could and rebuilding a healthy relationship with food after the fact was neither quick nor easy. After a grueling healing process—which admittedly is ongoing—I resolved to ban resolutions of any kind. (Yes, I recognize the irony.) I was utterly convinced that I was one of many for whom resolutions were bound to fail.