Elul and the End of Summer: The Bridge to a New Year

Today is 15 Elul, 5780. Wait, aren’t we in September, you ask? Yes, technically, today is September 4, 2020. But according to the Jewish calendar, we’re in the month of Elul. The Jewish calendar does not follow Western calendar dates because it’s based on the lunar cycle. That’s why Jewish holidays always fall on different […]

The Things I Believed to Be True

“Think back on and write down some of the early messages you received about who you were in the world, what was possible, etc. and then look at their veracity.” My writing instructor recently shared that idea as a prompt. Reading her truths and thinking about the idea of the messages we receive about our […]

A Bittersweet Farewell to the Scrapbook Supplies

When I was in my 20s, I was REALLY into scrapbooking. This was back in the early 2000s, before the days of Facebook and Instagram, before Shutterfly photo books, and when we still printed actual photos and put them in albums. This may have even been before I owned a digital camera (I know, I’m […]

Learning to Dance with Anger

This photo of a shattered dinner plate in my sink … this is anger. Last week, Sophie and I got into an argument that left me extremely frustrated. I won’t go into the specifics of why we disagreed. Just know it was not a life-shattering situation, and we worked through the issue and moved on. […]

The Things I Carry

Sometimes a writing idea will come to me in minutes and I’ll feverishly draft the entire thing in the Notes app of my phone. Other times, it takes months for the idea to come to fruition. Or it starts as one thing and morphs into something else. This post is an example of a piece […]

Buying My “First” House and Living “Alone” at Age 44

Other than my college dormitory rooms, I never lived alone; by myself. And one could argue that despite the fact I had my own dorm room, living in the residence halls is hardly living alone. My senior year of college, I shared an apartment close to the San Diego State campus with Heather. For two […]

Mental Health and My Journey with Antidepressants

I have not publicly shared a lot about my mental health. Mainly because it’s very personal and being that open and vulnerable scares me. I also don’t like a lot of attention. That statement may sound ironic since I openly share about myself on my blog and on Instagram. That being said, even though I […]

Surrendering to a New Normal

I haven’t written about COVID-19, social distancing and quarantine life here on this blog yet. Although I have written some “micro-blog” posts on my Instagram about how it’s affecting me. In many ways, these quarantine days don’t look much different. I’ve always worked from home, so my work structure has not changed. I still make […]

Looking Back at 2019: A Year of Endurance

Endurance noun: the fact or power of enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way adjective: denoting or relating to a race or other sporting event that takes place over a long distance or otherwise demands great physical stamina ******* Several years ago, I started a tradition in which my last blog […]