On a Year’s Sobriety

In exactly one week I will break my year-long commitment to sobriety. In exactly one week I will be 30 years old. Over the course of the year being sober has been revealing, but maybe not in the ways that people would expect. But backing up, how did I get here? Why would I decide…

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Why Am I Doing?

Not what. Why. I’ve been putting off this post, because I knew it would take more mental energy to write it than I had at the moment when I started. Yesterday my planner called me out. Everyday there’s a quote on the note’s page. Yesterday’s quote was: People lose their way when they lose their…

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Acknowledging Accomplishments, ’17-’18 Edition

Last year, on my birthday, I wrote about letting go of my perfectionism, overachieving tendencies, and the need to prove myself to everyone and no one in particular. That was to be my 29th birthday gift to myself. I’m not sure about my progress in fulfilling that gift, but a condition of it was to…

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On My Yoga Journey

Almost a year ago to the date, I stepped out of my introverted comfort zone and went to a yoga class held by a yogi woman of color that I follow on instagram, who was doing her annual tour that happened to stop in New Orleans. That woman is Sanàa Jaman, PhD, aka “Ladydork,” who…

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Book 6: Parable of the Sower – Octavia E. Butler

In my last post I said that I hadn’t binge-read a book since Harry Potter 7 came out a decade ago (jeez has it really been 10 years?!), but I only started the binge once I got around half way through the book. This time, I exceeded myself;  I read Parable of the Sower cover to cover…

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On abstinence from alcohol

My journey to 30 has evolved into this very big project of personal goals. But it started with my decision to give up drinking alcohol for a year. How exactly does one who lives in a place like New Orleans, where the drinks flow freely, where you can take it in a ‘go-cup’, where there’s…

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Book 4: Selected Poems–Gwendolyn Brooks

I don’t read much poetry. I don’t really read any poetry the way I did in my AP Lit class senior year of high school. It’s unfortunate, because there’s so much great poetry out there. But it’s also not surprising, because poetry can be difficult to read. Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African American to…

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