I Went to the River

I went to the river a couple of days ago. it was very unexpected, this: a belated birthday present from my family who needed a reason-any reason- to celebrate and get out of the house. And I am always up to celebrate. (Life is meant to be celebrated: the little triumphs and the big ones,…

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Life Lately: What I’m Loving This Week

[We still need to work on a better title…] Reading After trying and failing to finish Difficult Women (sorry, Roxanne Gay), I impulsively purchased Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah. It’s been on my To Read List for a while, pushed to the bottom of the pile because to be honest, the cover is kind…

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A Fleeting Connection

New York City, late March. It has just snowed earlier in the week, and dry cold seeped through my old coat and deep into my bones. I made the acquaintance of an Australian girl, and together we braved the metro system at 11pm just so we could see the skyline at night. We talked about…

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My Skincare Heroes

In my early twenties, I learned about skincare the hard way: after one too many days agonizing in front of the mirror because my skin was covered in angry red pimples and embarrassing scars resulting from picking said pimples. I still cringe looking at the pictures from those years: my face ashy and dry, not…

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Life Lately

Life currently: my emotions are swinging unpredictably like a broken pendulum. One moment I am content, the next I’m binge drinking tea in the hopes it’ll soothe me (the world might be ending, but we’ll always have tea time…) One day I am doing all the right things–baking and journaling and reading and talking to…

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Scrolled too Far Back

While debating whether or not I should take a digital detox, I scrolled too far down my own instagram feed (admit it; you do it too from time to time.) Instagram became my second journal when I wasn’t looking, a more polished version of the thoughts that constantly run through my mind. Some of these…

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