How I Spent My Best Birthday Ever (Psst, Alone)

For years, my birthday seemed to induce headaches. Whether it was because I let someone else plan my day or because I planned my day around other people, I often ended my birthdays with a horrible hangover (sometimes alcohol-induced, almost always expectation-induced). I’d put a lot of emphasis and expectation on this one day of…

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Winter in New Mexico

Over the years I’ve spent the holidays in a mix of places, from the exotic beaches of Thailand, to the city streets of New York and of course, the comfort of my family’s home in Northern California. This year, we followed the cool, piñon-scented air to New Mexico. I’d visited the state in the past…

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New Year, Gentler Me

I love the idea of New Year’s: the midnight kisses and champagne toasts – a festive sendoff to the prior year. But glitzy dresses and swanky soirees aside, I admittedly feel a certain pressure as one year ends and another begins. It’s this pressure to have a sense of closure, a clean slate if you will,…

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The saying goes, “Another year older, another year wiser,” and I’ve known this to be true. These past twenty-two years have flown by, but not without valuable lessons in life, love, friendship, etc. Obviously, I’m not perfect and still have so much to learn (like how to have better patience in nearly all aspects of…

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Second Chances and Why You Should Give Them

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” I’ve heard this age-old saying enough times to truly convince myself that giving someone a second chance after they’ve wronged me would make me a fool. Because of this, I am someone who seldom gives second chances. This is not to say I…

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