It’s okay that I’m a paradox.

It's okay that I'm a paradox. It's okay that I don't fit inside a box. It's okay that the beginning of this post rhymes, and the rest isn't going to. For most of my life, I thought it was about the box. The labels. I gave them to myself and to other people in order [...]

Happy 7 Year Anniversary, LA //

(The photos above are of 17 year old me in 2009, just a month into living in Los Angeles. This is one of the most difficult but most needed articles I've ever written. This is my heart. This is me.) 7 years ago on this date, I moved from Florida to Los Angeles with just [...]

The “B” Word.

"I never thought to ascribe my mother's emotional and physical exhaustion to the lack of a husband and father; rather, I ascribed it to my existence. In other words, I grew up learning the exact opposite of what Eisenhower was taught. I learned that if I didn't exist, the family would be better off. I [...]

My Painted Desert: O J A I

We want it all, don't we? The excitement and opportunity of city life, along with the quaint, peaceful serenity of being far from traffic, overpopulation, and constant work. Living in balance isn't always an easy thing for me to navigate, but I have found that it is crucial to my overall health. There truly is [...]