Isolation Island

Since the pandemic hit, I feel like I’ve created my own island for myself. Where I feel safe, can open the doors to the ghosts that demand attention and heal the parts of myself I long ago buried. You see, we are all haunted by something. Some days we don’t think of it at all.Continue reading “Isolation Island”

Try A Little Tenderness

Sundays always remind me of the promises I made to myself once the work day is done on Friday afternoons. On Fridays, I set all these goals for myself for the weekend. To clean, To do laundry, to prep meals. None of it ever happens. I get lost in stories. Consume the words of poetsContinue reading “Try A Little Tenderness”

Reality Bites

“Hello, this is Lauren. She’s not here right now, but if you leave your name and your number, she might get back to you.” I had a realization at around 2:45 a.m. Saturday: I’ve been dissociating for at least 4 business days. The situation is delicate and I’ve spent the time since trying to findContinue reading “Reality Bites”

A Fountain of Inconvenient Feelings

How do we truly connect in a world full of short-term moments? Where do we begin to truly recognize who people are and stop making judgments based on physiognomy? I don’t have the answers to either this week. The weekend felt heavy and I find myself going deeper down the introspection rabbit hole than IContinue reading “A Fountain of Inconvenient Feelings”

Turn on, Tune In, Burn Out

“I’m good. Just been busy.” If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that phrase or said it myself I’d be retired and sipping a cocktail in the Maldives already. Alas, I am not retired. Just tired. Mentally and emotionally. Which has translated into some very fun physical manifestations. The past couple ofContinue reading “Turn on, Tune In, Burn Out”

Midnight Kids

I once rolled down a hill in a grocery cart. I was willingly pushed by a friend and screamed my head off the whole way down. It’s a fond memory of days when life seemed full of assurances and endless possibilities. When I was younger, it felt like there were infinite days ahead just likeContinue reading “Midnight Kids”

The Moody Blues

Watching the rain fall outside my window has to be one of my favorite activities. I’ve sat here for the past hour, watching the rain drops fall, the cars pass and reflecting on this past weekend and the conversations it brought. The religious conversation with my sister who was feeling real good after 5 glassesContinue reading “The Moody Blues”

Protect Your Ecosystem

The turn of a new month has me questioning everything. I can sit here and sip my rose cacao latte (treat yourself) and tell you there is forward momentum happening, but the truth is I feel like I am playing a solo game of Sorry! right now and the moment I take one step forward,Continue reading “Protect Your Ecosystem”

Know Your Worth. Then Add Tax.

Today has been one of those days that has me opening long closed doors to the past. I spent a beautiful, but brief time at my favorite park reading a new book. Laying in the sun, observing the breeze, the people tossing a frisbee a mere 100 feet or so from me and I evenContinue reading “Know Your Worth. Then Add Tax.”

Safety Not Guaranteed

How do we practice intimacy with others? No, this isn’t a post about sex. I want to know about your emotional intimacy and what makes you feel safe enough with your loved ones, friends and even yourself to be vulnerable and truly open up. “I’m fine” only works the first 1,000 times you say it.Continue reading “Safety Not Guaranteed”