hedonist, storyteller, solicited advice giver, desert dweller
My mother says I was an easy birth, arriving as a red faced infant with flailing fists, my first jewelry the orange hospital bracelet marked with the family name. A yellow
Sleep Like A (Literal) Baby
I have a terrible case of idiopathic insomnia. My whole life, I've been plagued by a complete inability to fall asleep at night. When I was little, my parents called me "Popcorn" because I was always "popping" up out of bed at night. By the time I hit college, I was accustomed to running on just a few hours of sleep. Back then, my insomnia felt like a superpower, giving me extra time in the day and letting me stay up all night to party or work on homework.
I Followed An Instagram Ad & It Led Me To A Sticker Paradise
As a kid, I absolutely loved stickers. They were my favorite part of every doctor's and dentist visit, and elementary-school Lacey lived for the glory of seeing a shiny star or a congratulatory dinosaur on top of my assignments. When my family traveled, I made a beeline in every gift shop straight for the metal carousel that held the postcard-sized Dover Little Activity Sticker Books.
Narrow Down Your Notebook Stash
Most of us hanging out here on Vocal are writers of some sort. Call us what you want - wordsmiths, story spinners, pen jockeys - the fact is, most of us include writing as some aspect of our identity, for better or for worse.
One Quick, Easy Way To Reduce Visual Clutter In Your Home
I read Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up on Christmas Day of 2014, just before it hit its peak as a pop culture phenomenon with a Netflix spinoff and dozens of imitators. I found the book simple, readable, and incredibly generous with its advice. Many of Kondo’s tips felt like I was getting permission to do something I’d always known I needed to do, or like an explanation for how to do something I’d never been able to figure out before.
More "Good Places" To Explore
When showrunner Michael Schur announced his new project, a high-concept sitcom called The Good Place, fans knew it was going to be, well, good. Schur had helmed previous classics like The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Brooklyn-99, so he had a well proven track record of creating beloved characters and putting them in laugh-out-loud situations.
What Do Booze & Washing Machines Have In Common?
Many of us learned in school about the 19th Amendment, which was passed in 1920 and gave women the right to vote across America. We also learned about the 18th Amendment, ratified in 1919, outlawing alcohol and ushering in an era known as “Prohibition.” And, we all learned about the Second Industrial Revolution, which also began in the early 1900s and was characterized by railroads, steel production, manufacturing and machinery, and electricity.
Astrological Applications for Ameliorating Animosity
Whether or not you believe in astrology, there’s definitely something to be said for the utility of its central concept: that people are different, and that’s okay! It’s easy for us to assume that everyone thinks, feels, and processes information the same way we do, which leads to lots of conflict and hurt feelings. If we think everyone interprets our behavior the same way we intend it to be interpreted, or if we expect everyone else to be able to predict our feelings and reactions, we can find ourselves in deep conflict without a way out.