the things that shape us

This week has been a tough one. Mercury's in retrograde, and the astrology-inclined amongst us would be inclined to blame the planetary alignments for all the current misfortunes. Maybe it's true, who's to say really. But I think more likely is that this life is such a turbulent mix of good and bad, and sometimes … Continue reading the things that shape us

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Here’s to 29

My 29th birthday was on Saturday, marking the last home stretch before a new decade beckons, full of unknowns and brimming with potential.One year left of the addled carefree life of a 20-something. It feels harder to pretend you’re just a young adult trying to figure things out when you’re in your 30s. Birthdays to … Continue reading Here’s to 29

On a year without alcohol

In early 2017, I had been living in Thailand for over a year. I was, by all outside accounts, living the dream. My carefree life involved weekend trips to other countries, gourmet Thai food for $2 a plate, afternoons spent at beautiful waterfalls, nights spent playing at bars with the band. I was living the … Continue reading On a year without alcohol

A Work in Progress

I always used to have a picture in my head of what my life would look like as an adult. I imagined it in vague detail, like a painting observed from far away. I'd be successful, I'd be happy. I'd have a pet and a husband or partner and a job I liked. I'd have … Continue reading A Work in Progress

11 months of normal

I was reflecting this week on the fact that it's been almost an entire year since I moved back to the States. Stability is hard for me; it always has been. Once I'm in a place for a few months I inevitably start thinking of where to go next. Even in places I've lived for … Continue reading 11 months of normal

6 months as a Californian

Last week marked six months of living in San Diego. It seems to have flown by. It's been almost ten months since I left Thailand, which is baffling. And somehow, it's been almost that long since I stopped drinking. My life is pretty routine these days. I wake up at 6 or 7, lay in … Continue reading 6 months as a Californian

Taking control and livin healthy

It's been five weeks since my hospitalization. And about two weeks since I've regained a sense of normalcy in my life. Walking around my house is no longer exhausting, and I've returned to work which, while tiring, has been mostly successful. I'm starting to feel like a real person again! In the wake of my … Continue reading Taking control and livin healthy