I’m really bad at saying thank you.

For close to 2 months, I’ve been trying to find the words to say to thank the amazing individuals who sent books my way for my classroom and #Booksgiving. I’ve literally been trying to write about my reaction to this year’s #Booksgiving for 3 weeks now. Every time I open my phone to upload the […] ...more


Last year, Jenny (The Bloggess) started this beautiful thing called Booksgiving. It started with her wanting to give away 30 copies of her book, Furiously Happy. All her loyal followers wanted to give away books too, so everyone started sharing Amazon wishlists ....more


I’m a Jersey girl, through and through. While I initially refused to consider attending Rutgers when I was in high school, I ultimately completed both my undergrad and graduate degrees there. With the New Brunswick Campus came some of the most memorable meals a Rutgers grad could ever experience: fat sandwiches at the Scott Hall […] ...more

Annual Ellen Birthday Letter, Year 9

To my birthday twin Ellen: Well, this year has been… interesting. I hope 58 has been as interesting for you as 26 has been for me. I’m in 1st place in 3 levels of Candy Crush, btw ....more

New year, new hopes, new clichés

Note: I started writing this post 5 days ago. Then I stopped. I have a lot of half-written posts in my Saved Drafts folder ....more

Stress Cooking

I didn’t realize it until about 1pm today, but this election season is stressing me out. Sure, I’d read about the study done by APA saying 52% of American adults living in the United States who say “2016 election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress,” but I didn’t think much about it. […] ...more


I have a draft of a post that’s been sitting in my “Drafts” folder all summer long. I stopped writing it mid-sentence, something I rarely do. It partially reads: I’m not going to start this post pretending I’m going to get back into blogging, or apologizing for infrequent updates ....more


PAD 4/2 In the dark, we see the light of our hearts glowing: illuminated ....more

Happy National Poetry Month!

April is my favorite month, for multiple reasons. The most obvious one, however, is that it is National Poetry Month. I’m going to try really hard this month to write a poem a day (PAD), and I encourage you all to do the same ....more

She left me.

We've been together since I was a freshman in high school. She's seen me grow from an awkward teenage girl to an awkward, yet somewhat together, woman. We've shared some intimate moments, and she was the one consistent factor over the past 12 years, seeing my through high school, college, grad school, and the real world. She was my hairdresser, and she left me. ...more