September 2018: Thrills and Exhaustion

I cannot believe September is almost over! I tend to lose track of time, but I do feel I blinked in July and suddenly October is knocking. This month, in particular, has been filled with new experiences and wonders; I am honestly exhausted and I could use a solid two weeks' slumber. I would also [...]

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Lessons From a New Tattoo

“Dude, life’s too short to take yourself and your skin too seriously.” -Andy, Aart Accent tattoo Last week, we took a short vacation to New Orleans. It was our first time! Of course when everyone thinks of NOLA, they typically imagine Mardi Gras or Bourbon Street; beads, boobs, and booze. Fortunately, I strategically planned our [...]

Be Kind: Random Act of Kindness Award

My dear comrade Em, of Famine to Feast, nominated me for the Random Act of Kindness Award. I had to read her post twice to make sure it was actually me she was referring to, it was an unexpected, sweet gesture. Em is truly a genuine person and she allows us to bear witness to [...]

Hello Sleeplessness, My Old Friend

I have gone through this weird evolution of sleep. When I was younger up until the first year of undergrad, I would be able to fall asleep fairly easily and stay asleep. In high school, as I mentioned in a previous post, I would go to sleep right after school, skip dinner, and sleep until [...]

Small Talk: A Workplace Curse

The funny thing about my anxiety is that if there is chaos around me, I can act without overthinking or being afraid of the outcome. All focus is on a specific situation, I do not have a chance to think about myself. Decisions need to happen now or something can go awry. However, on those [...]

Mental Health Days

Last week, I took some time off from work because I have not been feeling well, both physically and mentally. I hardly ever call off because I tend to feel guilty, but I have learned that it only hurts me in the end. When you are physically ill, people do not hesitate to send you [...]

“What Do You Want?” Part 2

April 11, 2018 The Interim CEO gathers all the staff on the 4th floor of our organization. I walk to the printer to grab some documents and my colleague asks me if I am coming. “Coming to what?” I say. She shrugs and says “I don’t know, some emergency meeting.” I had a dentist appointment [...]

Hotel Heartbreak

Do you recall a few years ago when Donald Glover posted a series of photos on his Instagram relenting his fears of the future written on a hotel napkin? Or do you ever think about or notice how celebrities tend to reach their lowest points in a hotel room? For some reason, a hotel room, [...]

Counting Progress

"Every little bit counts!" "You are doing so good!" Does it? Am I? I am my own worse critic and in my mind I fail at all or most things. Queue the "no, that's crazy. You are so great " As I have mentioned previously, it is hard for me to relish in my accomplishments, [...]

Having a Great Memory & Secondary Trauma

One of my talents is that I have a really good memory. I am good at recalling names, dates, statements, significant events, and useless trivia. Trust me, it is not photographic or anything, but I have to admit, it is pretty impressive. I surprise a lot of my friends when I can bring up something [...]