Maya and Me: A Love Letter

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” ~ Maya Angelou When I was in 3rd grade, in a small rural elementary school in North Carolina, our teacher, Mrs. Thomas, read to us each day after gym. We would come into the room, our […]

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The Novels of Kristin Hannah

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make […]

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Lioness Rampant, and How Tamora Pierce Became One of My Feminist Icons

“I believe in deeds, not words.” –Tamora Pierce, Alanna: The First Adventure I was twelve when I first stumbled upon Tamora Pierce’s writing. I’d initially picked up the book because, at the time, I was big into horses, I saw one on the cover and thought it seemed right up my alley. What started out […]

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Whitney Cummings’ Demonstration of Vulnerability in Writing

“Reframing vulnerability as being badass and tough and actually super courageous is a great way to rebrand talking about your feelings.” – Whitney Cummings When I read I’m Fine and Other Lies by Whitney Cummings, it was at a time when I was living a carefree lifestyle, without much planning in mind for the future, […]

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Finding Your Oxygen Mask

Perhaps, we should love ourselves so fiercely, that when others see us, they know exactly how it should be done. ~ Rudy Francisco Humans are busy and exhausted creatures. In fact, being busy and exhausted has become so ingrained in us that we have started bragging about it. This is what Oliver Burkeman has entitled […]

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A Mother’s Search for Self-Care

“She was born to be free, let her run wild in her own way and you will never lose her.” ~ Nikki Rowe “You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh It has been a hard road, learning how to care for myself, in the […]

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