An Open Letter to the People in my Life

I am currently working towards a Master’s of Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. My classmates and I were given the assignment of creating a positivity portfolio in which we were to choose a positive emotion to focus on and collect pictures, poems, songs, letters, tokens, etc that are meaning for us withinContinue reading “An Open Letter to the People in my Life”

Life: Who’s Got the Map?

We had been paddling all day. I sat in the front of the canoe, slick with sweat from exerting myself beneath the Florida sun. I was hot and tired, and where is a lady to use the bathroom while paddling in a canoe for hours around the thousand island region of Everglades National Park? I couldContinue reading “Life: Who’s Got the Map?”

Searching for Meaning this New Year

Each year, as the clock approaches midnight on December 31st, I delve through a quick mental scan of the past year. It’s what we all do, right? Even those of us who don’t make resolutions. Even those of us who do, but drop them a week or a month later. We still reflect. New YearsContinue reading “Searching for Meaning this New Year”

The First Step

I had a little black car then. It sat baking in the early summer heat as I said my final farewells. Goodbye to my family. Goodbye to the little town I never really fit in with. Goodbye to the memories both sweet and saddening. I put both hands on the steering wheel of that little blackContinue reading “The First Step”