To Build or to Damage

I was driving down the Parkway the other day, as good Boonies regularly do, for an unexpectedly long time, as inexperienced Boonies tend to do, and I started doing some serious thinking. For those of you unfamiliar with Boone or other mountain towns along the Parkway, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a single road that winds […]

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A No to Shattering

In the world of writing, there is a lot of rejection. There are magazines, contests, and publications to which you can submit your work and wait, for what feels like years, to hear what they think. If you’re a writer yourself and have willingly subjected your work to this kind of critique and assessment, then […]

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The Best & All the Rest

In a constant state of preparation for my first 3 days of grad school, I spent hours this week piecing myself together. I was fixated on all of the delicate, tiny, particular details of my appearance; the way my hair was going to fall, how dark my eyeshadow was going to be, how tall I’d […]

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All She Is & All She Is Not

Analise was born 1 month and 3 days after my 4th birthday. I do not have any recollection of her as an infant so I will not type here pretending to know what it was like to bring home a newborn with Down’s syndrome or to have that newborn have open heart surgery a few […]

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Things I Can’t Carry

About two months ago, I was talking with an old friend over drinks. He and I have been friends for 8 years so you could say he knows me fairly well. Our conversations usually take a turn for the deep so we tend to move through topics such as friends, jobs, ex’s, and disappointments pretty […]

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Do We Want to Be Mothers or Do We Want to Be Like Our Mothers?

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. “This” being motherhood. As some of you may know I adopted a puppy back in May which means I have joined the club of “furmoms” or “pupmoms” or whatever you want to call it. Puppy-motherhood destroys your life in a very specific way. I do not leave […]

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Vegan & Grain-Free Coconut Brownie Bites

I cannot tell you how excited I am to say that I finally came up with a brownie recipe using Medjool dates that finally worked. I have been experimenting with dates forever now and could never get the recipe for brownie bites right. The mixture would either come out too soupy, or wouldn’t blend smoothly, […]

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Post-Accutane: Update & Skin Care Routine

After my Accutane treatment, I thought my days of pimples, spot treatments, and heavy concealers were behind me, but these past 9 months have proven me very wrong. If you have read my Accutane story, you’ll know that I started my treatment in May 2015 and ended it in November of 2015. At the time that I […]

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All for the Full, None for the Empty

Recently my family and I had to make the gut-wrenching decision to put our oldest dog down. Sophie was 17 years old. She spent those years being tortured and loved by 3 girls. She was dressed up, picked up, accidentally stepped on and purposely hugged on. As we moved from toddlers to young children, to […]

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25 Truths

I am impatient with both myself and others. This has led me to make many hasty and rushed decisions —of which have resulted in regret sometimes and elation others. I will expend most, if not all of my energy before asking for help. There is something very therapeutic to me about packing. I am happy to […]

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