Book Review: The Setpoint Diet

I have read many, many diet books over the years. Mostly because I was never self-disciplined enough to ever learn to really like eating healthy for the right reasons. I have been up and down for so many years. But more recently over the last year, I have found that my attempts, even with theContinue reading “Book Review: The Setpoint Diet”

The Sounds of Summer Nights

I went for a car ride tonight by myself and remembered how glorious the sounds of summer nights can truly be. I rarely allow myself to soak in that concert of nature because I always have both the radio and the air conditioning blasting while driving. I’m also usually buried somewhere in my head aboutContinue reading “The Sounds of Summer Nights”

To Be of Use

This weekend I was reminded again of Angelina Jolie’s acceptance speech for her humanitarian award at the Oscars. If you didn’t see it, please check it out here. She talks about how she doesn’t know why she has her charmed, extraordinary life, and a woman in a refugee camp has hers, but she will neverContinue reading “To Be of Use”

I Actually Hiked!!

If you’ve been following this blog, or if you’ve known me for more than an hour, you know when it comes to outdoor activities, I’m scared of my own shadow. I didn’t grow up hiking or camping and never really ran into it on my journey thus far. But in my newest job, my colleagueContinue reading “I Actually Hiked!!”

What are you Chasing?

I read recently that the human drive, one of the characteristics that separates us from all other living things, is constantly chasing something. It’s one of the reasons we’ve survived this long. We, by instinct, are always looking for the next way to make our lives better, that’s the basis of how we innovate forward.Continue reading “What are you Chasing?”

Book Review: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion My rating: 5 of 5 stars I was truly taken back when I watched a Netflix documentary on Joan Didion. I immediately went out and bought as many of her books as I could find. I read The Year of Magical Thinking first. This book was suchContinue reading “Book Review: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion”

Review: How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don’t by Lane Moore

How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don’t by Lane Moore My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have been reading memoir and self-help for my entire life. I choose these genres to understand the yearnings inside of me and to look for others who share my anxieties. I hadContinue reading “Review: How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don’t by Lane Moore”

Defining Love

And so begins the month of February, where you can find sizable, shiny red heart-shaped boxes filled with all shapes and sizes of chocolate, seizing all the market opportunities associated with Valentine’s Day. Over the last few weeks, I’ve read and watched some incredible books and movies, taking me on a journey through all kindsContinue reading “Defining Love”

In Silence, We are Complicit

There have been so many upsetting incidents hitting the news feed over the last few weeks. From women being killed by their intimate partners in multiple incidents across the country to native American war veterans being mocked by “Catholics”. It all leaves me feeling completely helpless, yet searching for ways to do more. I can’tContinue reading “In Silence, We are Complicit”

Bridging the Political Gap

Peace in not the absence of conflict. It is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.    -Ronald Reagan Many social events I attended during this past fall season were attended by friends and family from both sides of the political fence. I know many people who share my ideologies and I know manyContinue reading “Bridging the Political Gap”