I've been single for over a year since my last committed relationship. As I mentioned in a previous post about the single-shaming culture of Utah, I don't mind being single. I enjoy having my time, money, and space to myself. I like going out and meeting new people both casually and on dates. Sometimes, I … Continue reading Frustrating Dating
I grew up on the coastal plains of Texas, where hot summer storms made music on our metal roof. I have many memories of sitting on our large front deck watching sheets of water fall front the sky, flooding the spongey ground with large puddles of water, and filling the air with that sweet smell that … Continue reading It Rained
Being single in Utah is an unofficial sin. Anyone who has ever lived, or tried to date as an adult in Utah will know exactly what I'm talking about. Once you are 18 you are expected to be looking for your life-partner. The sooner you are hitched, the better. By the time you are in … Continue reading Single Stigma
I know I'm not the only person who's been in this position, and maybe you are reading this because you're here too. Basically, I am doing great; I finished school, have settled into a job I enjoy, I have a beautiful place to live, and wonderful friends. I have every reason to be happy- but … Continue reading Things Are Going Well, So Why Aren’t I Happy?
Spring in Utah is unpredictable. The morning may dawn bright and clear, the afternoon can be warm and inviting, and by nightfall you have an inch of snow. It's not uncommon to have temperature changes ranging 50 degrees in a 24 hour period, but that's all to be expected in the mountains. The locals here … Continue reading The Peak: Hiking, Living, and Learning
First of all, sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've had a lot to do to finish my final semester of college: projects, papers, and portfolios have ruled my life. Now it's over- forever unless I do to grad school. I'm thrilled, but I'm also overwhelmed. Like many millennial, I have been going to … Continue reading I Graduated. Now What?
Winter is done. Let's enjoy the sun: Yes, this title is a pun. Winter is finally over, the weather is warming up, and the snow has finally stopped (except for the occasional snow flurry). Utah's weather being as unpredictable as it gets, we have rain, sleet, sun, and snow all in one day during spring. … Continue reading Spring Into Step: My Spring Action Guide
Where have I been for the last few weeks? I've been packing up, moving boxes, and unpacking. I wasn't planning to move until the summer, when I'd have more time and money to get settled, but when this apartment came up on my local listings I couldn't resist. I applied with no real expectations … Continue reading Big News! Big Move
Better Doesn't Mean "Good". I never really thought about it before, but somewhere along the way we started to equate "better" with "good". But, "better" and "good" aren't the same thing. We know that, yet how often we tell our sick friends and family "get better soon!" Obviously we want our loved ones to feel … Continue reading What “Better” Means
What is Mindfulness? First, we should address the fact that "mindfulness" isn't a new concept. Whether you realize it or not, you've practiced it at some point in your life. Psychologists, religious leaders, personal gurus, and your hippie neighbor next-door have been spouting the benefits of mindfulness for millennia. Mindfulness goes by many names: awareness, … Continue reading Mindfulness To Me In 2019