Freelance Finance

Photo credit: Glen Carstens via UnsplashI have a rocky relationship with the banking app on my phone. Every time I’m about to get a paycheck or put savings away, I check it obsessively. Other times, though, like when I decide to buy one too many rounds of drinks for friends, I need to take a deep... Continue Reading →

Let’s Get Physical: Stress

It was 3AM as I calmly hopped in the back seat of an Uber. The driver turned around confused and said, “We’re dropping you off at the emergency room?”It was a first for both of us. I felt foolish, but this was the easiest way to get to the hospital as a young woman living... Continue Reading →

The Fall Refresh: A Checklist

Summer is a wonderful season of throwing things together. Wearing the same bathing suit uniform for days on end, making a quick meal with whatever doesn’t require an oven, and being outside as much as possible. I love the chaos of it — the fast-paced, worn-out feeling I get from long days in the sun. Once fall... Continue Reading →

Big + Beautiful Middles

“If you want my honest opinion,” (I had a feeling I was about to hear it anyway), “I think you’ve been through a lot, and you’re being too hard on yourself.Exhale.Oh how much grace is given when your therapist says, “You’ve been through a lot.” It was the professional reassurance I needed to accept that... Continue Reading →

Lost In The Pages: 10 Summer Reads

Photo by Ugur Akdemir on UnsplashI write this coming back from a day of laying out by the pool and sweating through the last few chapters of my latest summer read. As a waitress this summer, for the first time in years, I have free time during the day — something I often don’t know what to do... Continue Reading →

The New York Series, Part V

Excerpts from Formative: A Reconstruction of the Years That Changed EverythingThe following is the fifth part in The New York Series, a piece I’ve been working on that tells the stories of my grandparents and myself. If you’d like to start from the beginning, click here!Photo by on UnsplashKathleen, September 1963Kathleen was exhausted. As she... Continue Reading →

The New York Series, Part IV

Excerpts from “Formative: The Years That Changed Everything”Here we are, at one of my favorite parts in the story of my grandparents! The following is the (TRUE!) story of how they met. Valentine’s Day. School dance. 1963.Want to know what happened before this? Catch up here.Photo by Andrew Knechel on UnsplashKathleen, February 1963Kathleen had finally made it... Continue Reading →

The New York Series, Part III

Excerpts from “Formative: The Years That Changed Everything”Photo by Samuel Zeller on UnsplashA little confused? Want to read the first two parts? Catch up here.Tommy, March 1961He felt suspended, on edge, hopeful. A few weeks ago he found out that somehow, he’d managed to score well enough on the SAT to get a tuition waiver from New... Continue Reading →

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