Let’s Talk About Anxiety. Or, Why I Almost Dropped Out Of Graduate School Eight Hundred Times.

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” ~Allen Ginsberg Let’s talk about anxiety. While I was in graduate school studying acupuncture and Chinese medicine, I started having panic attacks multiple times a week, forcing me to excuse myself from class for extended “bathroom breaks”, often feeling unable to return for as long as an hour at a time. There …

How Much Slack Is Too Much Slack? Or, What I Learned From My Mom About Being a Badass.

“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”  ~Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now Where’s the line between pushing yourself too hard and cutting yourself too much slack? This is a question I’ve been asking …

You Guys! Somebody Hijacked My Blog and Wrote About Marriage! Ok, Fine. It Was Me.

“Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.”  ~ Erich Fromm Want to learn (and relearn) a lesson in accepting what is? Attend several weddings over the course of just a few years as a single woman in her late 20s and early 30s — so single, in fact, that your wedding invitations during this …

Your Comfort Zone? Probably Not Really That Comfortable. Here’s Why. (Or, How Being Afraid Is Sometimes Actually a Good Thing.)

“Doubt is an uncomfortable condition, but certainty is a ridiculous one.” ~Voltaire “Never underestimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made taco and a cold bottle of beer.” ~Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume So here’s the truth about comfort zones:  They’re usually not all that comfortable. More than …

What You Want Is What You Want. Until What You Want Is Something Else.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” ~ E.E. Cummings Ten years ago, the things I thought I wanted were vastly different from the things I know today that I desire. In June 2004, I had just received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, with dreams of pursuing a master’s degree in creative writing, living …