My heart has been so heavy the past few days I really haven't even known what to say or do. In the wise words of my dear friend, Ashley: If you are comparing 2016 to a regular election cycle and calling for others to be good sports, to calmly accept the results and move forward, … Continue reading Keys Clenched, Ready to Fight
I have struggled to write for these past few months because there has only been one story I have wanted to tell but I haven’t been able to figure out quite how to share it. I’ve worried that, if I tell it wrong, I’ll sound crazy or incompetent. Or people will look at me differently. … Continue reading Moments.
About a month ago, my friend, Monica, said to me: “I’ve heard that creativity is a gnome that lives in your walls and only comes out when it wants to.” This strange comment has been bouncing around in my head ever since. “Who is this gnome? Gnomes are scary, do I even want to let … Continue reading Silver Linings… and Gnomes.
The cynic in me tends to flair up when people say things like “if it’s meant to be, it will be” or “everything happens for a reason.” While I understand these are typically intended to be words of comfort and encouragement, I cannot help but think they are wrapped in privilege. How lucky one must … Continue reading Beautiful Insignificance
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” – Terry Pratchet I know: My writing … Continue reading New Eyes and Extra Colors
Social scientists define “flow” as the "mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity." Flow is what makes writers write, artists create, and to-do listers draw more and more of those delicious horizontal … Continue reading Flow.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXZdGlYW9SU As all of you know, I came to Montenegro to pursue my dreams of being an actress. Wait... no. Actually, I hate being on video and hesitate to even leave voicemails because I can't stand the sound of my own voice. However, a few months ago, I was invited to help with the harvest … Continue reading Radevic Estate Vineyard Commercial
This isn’t a travel blog, so I am not going to pretend that it is. That’s a good thing, too, because travel blogs are detailed and should point you in the right direction when you are exploring a new area – and navigation has never been my strong suit. I accepted my lack of spatial … Continue reading An Attempt at Encapsulating a Journey
When I was little, my grandparents had the best basement to play in. There was a big piano, these creepy facemasks, a pole to swing around on, and an assortment of other treasures waiting to be discovered. There were also pool and ping pong tables. My grandpa was a great ping pong player. I remember … Continue reading Ping Pong in Detroit
Oakland County Fulbright Press Release The Oakland County Executive Office did a nice write-up on my fellowship and the Fulbright Program. Check it out! I am flattered by the hometown love 🙂