Five months ago, I wrote about my decision to leave Facebook as a significant step forward in caring for my mental health during a time when my thought patterns and feelings were reaching stressful, scary, and tumultuous lows. In an act of solidarity, Jonathan and I clicked “deactivate” together, both of us keen on reorienting our priorities and focus. Since then, we’ve moved two states away and started partly-new jobs; we’ve dealt with some setbacks and unforeseen frustrations, but at the same time have been working to sink in roots which include a welcoming new group of friends and (finally) a love of our surroundings.
Things still haven’t been easy (mental health management is a constant work in progress with no quick fixes) but the positive result is that most of the outside factors negatively impacting my heart and mind have been stripped away, leaving, well, me.
Then recently, Jonathan told me something…
Continue reading ➞ It’s Complicated: My Return to Facebook
Upon hearing the news of Kate Spade‘s death earlier this week, I noticed the sadly familiar shift of a conversation steeped with sadness, understanding, and loss, to one which couldn’t help but emphasize that Kate has “a 13-year-old daughter” and “how could anyone be so selfish?”
Then came the news this morning about Anthony Bourdain, and my heart broke into a thousand pieces…
Continue reading ➞ A Lesson In Empathy and Suicidal Thoughts
It’s my sister’s and my birthday today, so in honor of the big 3-2, I’ve decided to share 32 reasons why I love and admire Kim so much…
Continue reading ➞ 32 Reasons I Love Kimmy
Since my blog has basically become my Facebook page and since it’s Friday, I’m curious…
Continue reading ➞ How Are You?
Do you have a particular girl crush right now? Because I certainly do…
Continue reading ➞ Girl Crush
I’ve been busting at the seams since mid-November to shout this
from the rooftops all over the Internet, and now that my sister has made the announcement herself, I can finally scream…
Continue reading ➞ Super Exciting News!
On Wednesday, at least 17 people — children and adults — were gunned down at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The perpetrator was one man who, it should come as no surprise to mention, was carrying a AR-15-style assault rifle and massive quantities of ammunition.
I don’t know what else to say at this point. I’m heartbroken, but mostly — I’m really fucking mad.
Continue reading ➞ Heartbroken — and Full of Anger
On January 14th, Jonathan and I celebrated our 8th anniversary of being together, but we didn’t actually have our first official date until Valentines Day — exactly eight years ago today.
The story of us finally getting together is a weird one, mostly because it took us so damn long. In a way, I see it as a cautionary tale for nervous people, the moral of the story being: Just tell the person you like how you feel. The result could potentially be the best thing that’s ever happened to you…
Continue reading ➞ How Jonathan and I Started Dating
Last October, my sister, Kim, got married (!!) to her wonderful (now-) husband, John. It’s hard to express the joy I feel to see her so truly happy.
She received her wedding photos a bit before Christmas, and although she has yet to reveal all of them to me (grrrr), she did send me the ones her photographer took of Fay with my mom and her before the ceremony.
Would you like to see?
Continue reading ➞ Fay’s First Wedding
Over the course of the last month, I realized something I think I’ve known deep down for a very long time…
Continue reading ➞ Why I Deactivated Facebook After 14 Years