don’t you dare give up

yes, I’m talking to you. When you feel like giving up remember the purpose of your efforts. Do you want to get better at something? Do you want to reach a dream goal? Going from beginner level to intermediate level to pro takes learning, failing, and a determination to keep trying. It’s tempting to give up […]

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give it your all, give it your best

Have you noticed that when you give little effort or care, life reflects back to you the same little effort and care? Give life your all and life will give its all to you, too. Be willing to give your all to the moment: your time, energy, and focus. 3 benefits of giving it your […]

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do we really get wiser, the older we get?

Martin Luther King Jr. said, the time is always right to do what is right. But isn’t doing the right thing sometimes the most tedious or difficult thing to do? They say that the older you get, the wiser you become. You become more attuned to what the right thing to do is. However, I […]

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a Saturday morning with Mary Oliver

did you see yesterday’s sunrise? Yesterday’s sunrise was orange and purple. Far off in the distance, I saw two planes ascend into the sky. I wouldn’t have noticed it had it not occurred to me to look out the window.  These are the little things about life that take effort to notice. If you look […]

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do what you love, write your heart out

Sometimes I feel like a wannabe writer. In journals, I write letters to my future and old selves. I thank my old self for being brave. I plead my future self not to change, not to become prideful. I think I’m a wannabe writer, but there’s a thing or two that I have learned about […]

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On Letting Go

When you let go, you feel free. You can let go of so many things. People. Expectations. The past. Home. people No matter how kind, patient, and loving you are, you have to take care of who you surround yourself with. There’s this saying in Spanish: Mejor solo que mal acompañado. It means better alone […]

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How To Find Yourself

Finding yourself is not about finding yourself. Finding yourself is about being yourself without the mask. It’s knowing whether you’re following society’s dream for you or if you’re following the dream that’s rooted in you like a plant. What do you hide underneath that mask? What light do you keep from shining out into the […]

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If we were having coffee, I would tell you that

I finally opened Ocean Vuong’s new book On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. It’d been waiting on the bookshelf to be read. The first lines did not disappoint. Vuong writes, Dear Ma, I am writing to reach you–even if each word I put down is one word further from where you are. What do those words […]

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Homey, Cozy Minimalist Home

I love the idea of minimalism, but minimalism isn’t homey, cozy enough for me. When I picture a homey, cozy home, I see lots of things: photo frames, quotes on decor, and homey scents. Lots of light, soft pillows and throws. I see things that show history: antique furniture and discolored cooking pans. I see […]

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How to Stop Feeling Green Envy

Green envy feels icky. Yet, it’s also temporary–when you stop avoiding it. There are so many ways to feel envy: Envy of someone who is in a relationship. Envy of the someone’s material possessions. Envy of someone’s qualities. Even though envy feels icky, facing envy is the first step towards dissolving it. My Personal Story […]

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