Love is…New Years and New Purpose (a Reflection)

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one” -Brad Paisley 2012 was a year full of contradictions and extremes. It was a year full of struggle, loss, and change. It was a year … Continue reading

Here’s to all the book lovers

Although I didn’t write this myself, I found myself in almost every line of it. Filipina writer Rosemarie Urquico wrote this essay in response to Charles Warnke’s essay, You Should Date an Illiterate Girl. The girl who reads has spun … Continue reading

Spark your Creativity: 10 (+1) Ideas on How to Find Inspiration Everywhere (including your piece of toast)

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed” -Ernest Hemingway Do you ever find yourself in a place where you are completely blocked? Maybe you’ve done the same things again and again … Continue reading

Memories and Mixtapes: Summer Love & The Art of Bedroom Dancing

Sam Beam’s voice makes my heart swell. It had been quite awhile since I’d listened to Iron & Wine, and as the soothing soulful melodies poured out the speakers, I found myself dancing and swaying in the kitchen. These movements … Continue reading

All That Exists is This Moment

“To stay with that shakiness – to stay with a broken heart, with a rumbling stomach, with the feeling of hopelessness – that is the path of true awakening. Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the … Continue reading

33 Ways to Have a Vibrant Day

Walk or drive down a tree lined street with the leaves ablaze with autumn magic Eat really ripe fruit and let the juices run down your arm Listen to the chirps and steady piercing hums of the crickets and cicadas … Continue reading

“If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash”

“Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before. ” Audre Lorde “Poetry is just … Continue reading

An Open (Love) Letter to Those Who Are Struggling

This is a love letter of sorts. For those who are struggling, stuck, confused, scared shitless. For those who are lost, who are unsure of what to do with their lives, or where to go from here. For those who … Continue reading

Living With Pain, Feeling Through Pain: Tips on Healing and Self-Care

“Storms make the oak grow deeper roots” – George Herbert (1593-1633) These past couple weeks, I’ve had a string of days where I have been completely immobilized with all-over body pain and heavy fatigue, my body forcing me down against … Continue reading