I Was Made For…

“The sun will rise and we will try again.”

Today, we celebrate World Suicide Prevention Day. As one of the leading causes of death in the United States, suicide has become a major public health concern. Each year, suicide claims the lives of more than 44,000 people—more than twice the amount of deaths by homicide in 2015. We cannot afford to stay quiet about this issue any longer. Today, we start the conversations on mental health and suicide prevention. We will continue these conversations every day so that everyone can find hope and recovery. Read More

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Fierce and Fiery and Fabulous

Some of my closest friends, to this day, are people I met during my childhood and (very awkward) teenage years. We saw each other through every high and low—from crushes and bullies to school drama and general teenage angst. And as our senior year of high school came to a close, we saw each other off to college as well. One of our biggest worries was whether we would be able to overcome the distance and other changes that were to come as we entered a new phase in our lives—hundreds of miles from home, and each other. Read More

Hello, Eczema!

Summer is not technically my favorite season, though I did consider it to be for a while (because of my birthday, obvs). Don’t get me wrong—I love swimming and sunshine and the ocean and fireflies and late nights and thunderstorms and stunning sunsets and fresh garden veggies and a million smoothie bowls and ice cream for dinner. But I cannot stand the humidity. I’m not really a fan of the heat either, but the humidity is what really kills me. This summer, the weather has driven me especially crazy because my eczema has been acting up more than usual. Read More

Summer Dreamin’

Good news: I am still alive! Bad news: I am still not so great (re: pretty much the worst) at posting regularly, and summer always seem to make it worse. (How the heck is it the middle of July already?! Wasn’t it was just May or something? No? Whoops.) I’ve been going, going, going so much lately that the little down time I seem to have has been spent been binge-watching Friends or taking naps—which actually isn’t so different than the rest of the year. Read More

25 Hours in Ithaca

For all of the traveling I’ve done so far, I have done very little of it in my own backyard. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the things that are right in front of you, but I have been trying to make myself more conscious of that. Ithaca, located in Central New York, is known for its colleges, gorges, and waterfalls. The bustling city has been piquing my interest for some time now, and it just so happens that my friend Lex currently lives there—which gave me the perfect excuse to hit the road! Read More

Begin Anywhere

Another month of 2017 is coming to a close. It’s hard to believe this year is nearly halfway over (seeing as it feels like it’s gone on for four years already), but here we are. For nearly 70 years, Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in order to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for care. At the beginning of May, I knew I would post something in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, but I wasn’t sure where to start or what to say. Read More

The Hate U Give

What makes a book a good book, or even a great one, may be different for everyone. For me, a good book makes me laugh, makes me cry, and teaches me something. (Okay, so that ends up being most of the books I read…)

“‘Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.'”
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