Thoughts

On Impermanence

I woke up the other night from a nightmare, and I could barely breathe. The darkness pressed around me, and I struggled to calm my galloping heart, to rein in my breathing. My hands felt numb, my limbs tingly, sure signs of an imminent panic attack. It wasn’t the nightmare that brought it on. Not […]

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More Things That Are Awesome

Sometimes, I just want to talk about random things that are awesome that make me smile, okay, guys? The To Do List – This movie has a pretty stellar cast, starring Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Bilson (woo, The OC!), Connie Britton (woo, Friday Night Lights!), Clark Gregg (woo, Avengers!), Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat (woo, […]

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Make Your Introversion Work For You

I have known for a while now that despite my ability to talk very quickly for a very long time and my tendency to be very vocal about my opinions, I am an introvert. Though I do those things, they exhaust me. Though I love my friends and family, being around them for too long […]

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Christmas Time

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This is How I Know

ALERT: Things are about to get super mushy up in here. Bryan, People ask all the time, “But how do I know if he/she is the one?” Like there is some time-tested formula for exactly how you know that is the same for everyone. There isn’t (but you knew that, right?). But I have found […]

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Life is Too Damn Short

Life is short, guys. We’re all aware of that, right? Life’s too short to be miserable.  I always rebelled against that sentiment, thinking, “I am allowed to feel the way I feel. Don’t try to change me.” And “When I’m depressed, I can’t change how I feel.” And “I’d rather feel the whole range of […]

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Art is a Lifestyle

Part of my miserable routine was being too exhausted to work on any of my creative projects. I got into the habit of thinking of my art as something that needed to be squeezed into my life, forced into the grooves where the rest of my responsibilities allowed. But it’s not. I was talking to […]

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Crush Your Comfort Zone and Live Longer (Sorta)

Ever heard the saying, Life starts outside your comfort zone? Totally cliche, I know, but also totally true. Weird how that works, right? I have been in a rut for the last, oh, four months. (Have you guys noticed?) There was a lot of stuff in flux, a lot of transitions and things to get used to. I […]

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Quitting My Happiness Project to be Happier

Back in March, when I was still in Ireland and thus equal parts exhilerated with life and deeply depressed, I read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and immediately decided to embark on my own happiness project. I mapped out ten months of goals, starting in April 2013: everything from going to bed earlier, prioritizing […]

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The Seasons, They Are A-Changin’

Most of Alberta was slammed with snow this weekend. Winter arrived with a bang: HELLO, I AM HERE. And just like that, fall was over. I have a hard time living in the present. I’m impatient, I’m a worrier, I want to know what’s going to happen next, and preferably control it (but that’s another […]

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