10 Things I Would Love to Learn

By the time I turned twenty-two years old, I had spent nineteen years in school. Only the last two were by choice, but I would have gone even if I didn’t have to go. I love to learn new things, and I was a good student. I present my third grade, first quarter report card as evidence:...more
I do know how to use chopsticks! And I guess I've got a handle on my camera. Other than that, ... more

Voices of the Year (VOTY) Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you're new to BlogHer annual conferences and have no idea what the Voices of the Year ("voh-tee" or #VOTY as we like to call it) is, or you know, but have never actually submitted content for consideration: We have answers for you. If you don't see your question addressed here, please ask it in the comments!...more
I accidentally just submitted a vote for an entry from January! Oops! And it's not for my blog. ... more

This is What it is Like to Live Without Your Breast

My question to Glamour is this. Why did I get these emails? I don't subscribe to Glamour magazine,  and I don't follow them on any social media. Why are they emailing me? I'm sure the answer is publicity, since I write a blog that is about living after breast cancer. The question they pose, however, strikes me as being sensationalist journalism. "How would your life change without YOUR breasts?" Here is my answer, Glamour magazine. ...more
You are beautiful! This is beautiful! And life is as beautiful as you make it. Thank you for ... more

The Blogging Connections from Being Face-to-Face

While scrolling through my Facebook feed a few weeks ago, I caught a glimpse of some of my favorite bloggers at one of the season's first conferences. I read their tweets – brilliant little tips and sentiments picked up in one session or another, hash tagged and collected. I watched as they communicated with one another virtually in the hopes of finding one another physically. For a brief moment, I dreamed about what it would be like to be right there with them. ...more
I would LOVE to meet you for coffee. BlogHer 2014 is our year! I've had my own fears, ... more

Every Picture Tells A Story

I've been mulling a lot lately. I've been overwhelmed. I've been stressed. It's not like you all know me as a stress-free, anxiety-free person. Oh no, that would be too easy and too in a perfect world. But sometimes the sea is calm with small, lapping waves. The water is cold and I feel it in my body but it's nothing I can't handle. And sometimes the waves knock me down over and over and over. Sometimes something new happens and all of my buried issues rise to the surface of the sea....more
@lbrodsky Hiya! These old ones were taken with my Minolta Maxxum 5 and Tamron 18-200mm lens. ... more

How I Feel When Someone Compliments My Writing

This is gonna sound nutty, but sometimes when people compliment my writing, it makes me feel even more neurotic than if they hadn't. That does NOT mean I don't want people to compliment my writing. I do want and need it so badly. It's just that on a bad day when someone tells me something I wrote resonated with them, I panic and think I'll lose whatever magic I had with that particular post. And I fear I'll never get it back. ...more

For these insightful comments. I almost wish I had opened up sooner about my fears because I ... more