All My Flowers Grew Back as Thorns

I know no one is shocked to hear me talk about Taylor Swift again (and if you are, you must be new here), but she released a new album yesterday, and I definitely lost my cool, and I need to talk about it. I have been a fan of Taylor Swift and her music for over a decade—since the day I heard “I’d Lie” in a Hannah Montana fan video (Yeah, I know.)—and I am completely in awe of how she manages to create something so new and so different, but still so true to who she is, every single time. Read More

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Enough Now

I’ve been wanting to write something in regards to the state of the politics and the world lately, but every time I sat down to do so, I never knew where to start or what exactly to say. Late Sunday night, a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest music festival, killing 59 and wounding more than 500. Thousands of people showed up to a concert in Las Vegas, but their love of music was met with unfathomable hate. Read More

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

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