Tag: essays

7 Anxiety-Reducing Truths I Was Reminded of at the BlogHer Conference

7 Anxiety-Reducing Truths I Was Reminded of at the BlogHer Conference

One week ago today, I left the Los Angeles Blogher Conference feeling something I doubted I could: empowered by the experience. As much as I had wanted to go, my anxiety told me I would hate every minute of it and, worse, that I would hate […]

How Do You Know When to End an Anxiety-Inducing Friendship?

How Do You Know When to End an Anxiety-Inducing Friendship?

My fiancé, Andy, was very sick last year. It was scary, and stressful, and I needed moral support I didn’t know how to ask for. The best I could do was be honest with my family and friends about how things were going, but only […]

How I Came to Love the Hammering Next Door

How I Came to Love the Hammering Next Door

One of our neighbors is having work done on their house. It’s loudest in the mornings, often right around the time we start meditating. If I try to ignore it, the construction noise drives me crazy because it’s all I hear. But if I actually […]

Trusting Him With What I Really Look Like

Trusting Him With What I Really Look Like

I can’t say I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to get this point because, honestly, I never believed it would happen at all. As ridiculous as it sounds now, I thought I would always try and hide what I really look like from the […]

Smart Because You Say I Am?

Smart Because You Say I Am?

I was in the 8th grade when I found out I was smart. I was in the 11th grade when I found out I wasn’t. In between were the usual teenage distractions, so I didn’t fully enjoy my 3-year run of intellectual greatness. I just […]

Why Do Something If It’s Not Important?

Why Do Something If It’s Not Important?

Why do something if it’s not important? I miss the days when my 9-year-old self would never dream of asking such a question. There was nothing important about building sand castles on the beach. Or reading The Boxcar Children books. Cutting pictures out of magazines. Or telling my […]