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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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The Calling

Remember this song? Do you feel like you have a calling? Like there is something in life you are meant to be doing? I do. And I don’t. It’s complicated. (Isn’t it always?) It feels like my entire being is straining towards … something. But what that something is? I have a few ideas, but nothing […]

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4 Strategies for Dealing With Ignorant People

I’m a strident feminist, a vegetarian, a socialist, and a person who both deals with and understands a lot about mental illness. Consequently, I rub elbows with a lot of people with vastly different viewpoints than mine, and I am constantly walking through conversations laden with offensive landmines. I don’t believe that everyone should think […]

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Guiding Lights Will Get Me There

As many of you are probably aware, I am a planner. A planner and a worrier. I spend a lot of time thinking about what I should do with my life, feeling this pounding dissonance inside me, like my soul is knocking against my ribs, trying to get my attention. I know that my life […]

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No, You Can’t Have It All, But You Probably Don’t Want it All Anyway

Okay, self, I think it’s time that you and I had a little chat. Picture this: You have a great job, one that you love, that you like to put a lot of time and energy into. You have a family that you also love, a spouse, maybe a couple kidlets. You want to spend […]

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Sometimes, You Need to Cut Yourself Some Slack

Life is messy. And complicated. And unpredictable. People are, too. I don’t know about you, but despite that, I have this borderline compulsive need to plan everything. To be good at everything. To be well-rounded and well-liked and successful. All the time. At everything I do. Things around here have been in a state of upheaval for, […]

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How Can You Create Wonder?

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This is the Future… where is my jetpack? Today, I bring you a message. Food for thought. What can we do to make people feel wonder and awe? Jessica and I were having a great conversation with her father the other day. We were marvelling at his new induction stovetop which heated a pot of water to […]

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On Fear

I am so afraid, all the time. I think that I have a bit of a generalized anxiety disorder (unsurprising, as anxiety and depression often go hand in hand). There are many times when I am paralyzed with absurd fears. For instance, a few weeks ago I wanted to have a nap, but as I was […]

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Professional Photographer: Business or love? Or Both.

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I consider myself a professional photographer. Having received a formal photo education, but seeing many other students turn away from being a professional has made me think long and hard trying to figure out what might be a decisive difference between the”professional” and “amateur/hobbyist” categories of photographers. Is it just the individual’s perception? Is it […]

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