Posted in June 2013

30 days of beautiful: World refugee day

30 days of beautiful: World refugee day

This situation of refugees around the world is far from pretty or joyful but to pause a moment and take stock of the reality is important… and meaningful. That’s what World Refugee Day is for. To remember that every 4 seconds in 2012, another person faced a forced displacement, fleeing to save their life from … Continue reading

30 days of beautiful: letting go

30 days of beautiful: letting go

A second post on poetry: “You’ve got to kill your darlings,” my poetry professor would say, quoting an old teacher of hers who passed on the wisdom of how to free a poem. This is how you liberate a line, a rhythm, and a meaning: scratch the eyes out of the line that means the … Continue reading

30 days of beautiful: leaning in

30 days of beautiful: leaning in

30 days took a break for a week while my sister was in town. More beautiful on that to come. Today, I was helping with art camp with our girls at The Covering House, and our topic was poetry. I remembered a time I was a poet and watched the girls write their own. I remembered a journal … Continue reading

30 days of beautiful: 4 minute meal

30 days of beautiful: 4 minute meal

Given that it’s Saturday and I’ve been in class for 16 hours in the past two days, a four-minute recipe sounds like the perfect quick way to go for a blog post tonight. This is part 2 of the YUM posts— about quick and nutritious meals with either 5 or less ingredients or under 15 … Continue reading

30 days of beautiful: handwriting

30 days of beautiful: handwriting

When I started college, I missed my mother’s cooking, so wholeheartedly. Even now, I wish I could fly home for dinner sometimes. So I had to do something, the difficult thing that marks growing up: I had to give myself all the love and care my mother had given me in those meals. I had … Continue reading

30 days of beautiful: YUM

30 days of beautiful: YUM

I can cook. I really can. I can bake too, but when I get busy, the first thing I stop doing is cooking and baking. I get super lazy when it comes to food and I just want: cheap, quick, nutritious, delicious. I buy organic and healthy and am a fiend about avoiding preservatives, high … Continue reading

30 days of beautiful: safe places

30 days of beautiful: safe places

There are many moments I am grateful for the amazing person I live with, pretty much every time I walk in the door. There’s something to be said for being able to walk in and be whoever you are. Even when I’m stressed and tired, it takes a few minutes before that washes off. If you … Continue reading

30 days of beautiful: babies

30 days of beautiful: babies

From baby animals on buzzfeed to dailypuppy.com, baby animals (including humans) are an amazing way to brighten a day. What is it about small humans, small dogs, small cats, small sloths (yes!) that bring such joy and make them so popular on the Internet? Whatever the reason, preliminary studies are out there that say looking at babies and baby … Continue reading

30 days of beautiful: music

30 days of beautiful: music

My days at practicum have a lot of laughter. My supervisor likes to say, “We have to laugh when we’re doing this work because it’s so heavy.” Laugh or you cry. Trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children is not a topic that gets easier, but it doesn’t often overwhelm me. It helps having a fun way … Continue reading

30 days of beautiful: photoshop

30 days of beautiful: photoshop

When I released my blog post 30 days of beautiful: waterfalls, my blog shot to over 200 views. I haven’t gotten over 200 views in a day for a post since my post “Three reasons I’ve decided I don’t like AmeriCorps.” I felt uncomfortable with this because I knew something the average viewer didn’t know: … Continue reading