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thoughts on peace during a pandemic


PJ of the mind

There is a part of me who wants it all, and she’s in constant opposition with the other part of me who already has it all. “I want a private jet to take me somewhere incredible,” the stubborn self demands. “We already have that,” the soulful self assures, though quietly, for there’s never been a…

Purple thoughts

What do we write when the stuff has gone missing? When there is no particular topic and yet, feel compelled to put a pen in our hand. A rush of words gliding across the page to keep up with our insides pouring over. Her river, flowing again and we can touch the stones beneath our…

21st century human: a poem

Can you watch a sunset without taking a photo? Can you sit in the sand without checking your phone? Could you go on a trip without telling anyone? Could you remember what happened just by being there? Can you feel connected to others through presence alone?

My godmother gave me a Louis bag

All my life, I dreamed that one day I would own a Louis Vuitton bag. In this fantasy, I would, of course, be wildly successful, walk into a fancy store with gold walls and pick out the one I loved most. In fact, I dare say I equated success with the very ability to buy…

Freedom through Forgiveness

“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive.” Why is it so much more difficult for us to forgive ourselves than it is to forgive the people we love? This is a question that often comes to mind in the midst of having made a mistake. I believe it stems from…

Swiss Scribbles

Waiting for the electric sunrise, the flow of lights streaming in synchronicity as the streetlights come on; that one in the kitchen above the sink, the other beside the bed across town, another weaving through plants in the sun room, and the twinkly ones strewn over the fence on Chrum street; reflections of people living…

Shameless (Pt. 3) Self-Love

“You can’t pour from an empty cup.” Oftentimes, our ego tells us that we can’t possibly be happy until we have achieved either this thing or that. The problem is that all we ever have is the present moment. If we put off our happiness now for later, it will only ever be so. We…

Venice Vibes

To be among the boats like cars in the street, only bobbing. What it must be like for this to be your world, where garages float and taxi stands lie adjacent the water that dolphins pass through.  Here I was given just a taste, as much as was left of the coffee in my cup,…

February (Pt. 2) Freakout

“How long should you try? Until.” I’d like to share that amidst my progression to be healthier this year, I’ve eaten some foods where health was certainly questionable. And though I felt guilty, I took a moment to stop and listen to the chattering mind that began to take over. Entertained by the ridiculousness of…

Chesham Chatters

The tiny trail, though surely much longer than I thought it would be, nestled in a cozy town. Snoring softly in winter and brought to life by the yellow in the sun. The way of things. How lovely it is to go on a walk, alone with your thoughts and the flowers, passing through trees…

January (Pt. 1) Jitters

“Set your goals high enough to inspire you and low enough to encourage you.” The usefulness of bringing your New Years resolutions back into reality. Not the goals themselves (go big or go home), but the timeframes you allot. With the beginning of the New Year brings the long-anticipated feeling of a fresh start. And…

Merrily Mary

A queue to big when considering the space, people line up nonetheless. Zigzagging over cobble stone, in a quaint little market, in view of a not-so quaint, magnificent castle. Coming from around the world to taste a bit of the thing that all from here say you must. For is it really a trip to…

Living a Meaningful Life

What it truly means to live an authentic and meaningful life has become obscured. Advertisers know this. Their very existence depends on it. They play on our primitive fears of not being “good enough.” They prey on our foolishly egotistical longings for more money, more materials, more of anything and everything beyond what we currently…

Doggy Doodles

A teeny town, just over the railroad tracks. It’s his home. If he ever got lost, I’d know right where to find him. Here. A favorite place for salty paws. Every time we go out, the leash always tugs in the same direction. And I feel guilty because I know I should take him more…

Happy Now

All too often, we set goals because of how we think they will make us feel on the other side. And while it’s important to set goals to evolve into greater versions of ourselves, the reason for doing so should not be because we want to feel better. Never sacrifice your happiness now for the…

Scotland Scribbles

The little train takes us far away for the day. Just a ways down the track one can find the water. A sweet escape from the runnings of regular things. I can taste the ocean, while winds roughen rosy cheeks and slip through shoulders shuddering in the cold. But still it is beautiful. Tiny racks…

Love yourself

All too often, we ask the world of ourselves. We expect nothing less than perfection, of achieving all that we set out to do ahead of time. And if we don’t get everything done, we think of ourselves as less than. This happens constantly. It’s a vicious cycle we subject ourselves to and all because,…

Peppermint Palms

The sky melts into the sun, swirling into itself as peppermint touches the tongue. Tropical trees bend to touch sun before liquid colors blend into the chill. It’s been my home for seven years. Not born, but one I chose for myself because I felt something. Here. Beneath the tree’s shadows, striping over green like…

Returning to your routine

Within the last few weeks, I’ve grown busy in other aspects of my life. I’ve gotten a new job or two. But in doing so, I’ve found that I’ve consistently neglected my regular routine. There are certain things that I like to do each day, as well as commitments I’ve made to myself that have…

Hey now. You’re a plan star. Get your plan on, go plan.

Ever intend on being productive and then find yourself at the end of the day asking just what happened? Good. Keep reading. Some say that scheduling our lives is an extremely limiting way to go about one’s day. But if we were to look closely, we’d see that just the opposite is true. If we…

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