I grew up poor, with limited resources and opportunities. When the 90's recession hit, my family went from lower middle class to just lower class. Food banks provided food for us to "quiet the stomach rumblings" on hungry days, and one-room motel rooms filled with six family members afford us the luxury of having a roof over our heads to fight the frigid-ness of bitter New England winters that threatened our lives.
If someone told you, right now, to write a bio about yourself, what would you say? Would you list out your accomplishments? The jobs you've held? The places you've been? Or would you talk about where you grew up, the colleges you went to, and the degrees you've earned? You probably wouldn't talk about the... Continue Reading →
Have you ever had a conversation with someone about aspects of your life that you KNOW you need to change, and you kind of brush it off like, yeah yeah whatever. You hear them, but you're not truly listening to what they're saying. We all like to think we're completely right, and for the most... Continue Reading →
You want to make sure everything is perfect, that everything is squared away, because then, and only then, will you be able to feel comfortable.
This morning was not, by many standards, a good day. I woke up exhausted, having spent the night tossing and turning, uncomfortable and restless. I snoozed for a bit, then woke up with a start, because now I was running late. Traffic was awful, making my commute last almost an hour. I got to the... Continue Reading →
In light of the most recent episode of "why having a badge is equal to having a Purge-like murder pass" as well as, "why justice doesn't really exist", I was compelled to post a wonderfully written comment-turned-article by an awesome friend of mine. I urge you to pay attention, understand, and hopefully internalize her words, possibly... Continue Reading →
"Great people do things before they're ready". Simple quote, but yesterday morning, during my daily wake-up ritual of opening up social media (don't judge me), it was the first one I saw, and it hit me hard. It ended up shaping not only the course of my day, but it also impacted my interactions. Maybe... Continue Reading →
The idealism that we may have felt on 12/31/15 has been chipped at a little, but it doesn't mean that the year was lived in vain. Some of us attained knowledge of self and others, in ways that made us question everything around us. It was a year of growth - uncomfortable growth - that served the purpose of revealing our strengths, and our weaknesses.
I grew up in a household with five other siblings, three being younger than me, and I can recall despising the concept of sharing. I would look at the adults and think, none of THEM are sharing - why do I have to? I would go to school and balk at the kids wanting to borrow... Continue Reading →