Stuck In The Rain

I stopped dead in my tracks, not wanting to move forward. When walking out of the side door of a hotel building to head to the car, I felt a few drops of water splash across my freshly-done hair and my carefully-selected outfit for the day. My mind flashed to my small black umbrella that … Continue reading Stuck In The Rain


Flipped Faucets

The sink faucets in my bathroom are backwards. The hot water comes out of where the cold water should be, and the cold water comes out of where the hot water should be. The sink works fine once you get a hang of the odd setup, but it’s different than the norm, and not what … Continue reading Flipped Faucets

The Client’s Chair

I guess I’m just a glutton for growth. I started seeing a new counselor at the same time I started graduate school. As a counselor-in-training, I am strongly encouraged to be in my own personal therapy throughout the duration of my program. That's not something you have to tell me twice, so I got myself … Continue reading The Client’s Chair

Long Aweighted

The calories suddenly didn’t matter to me. After a surprisingly fun workout in the gym of my apartment complex, I looked in the mirror that spanned the entire length of the wall, and I smiled. With no makeup and sweaty hair, I saw my reflection and somehow I felt beautiful. In such a simple moment, … Continue reading Long Aweighted

Getting Burned

It was way worse than I thought. After spending a sunny day by the pool during my far too short “summer break,” I came home with bright pink skin – my first sunburn of the year. From past experience, I know that my first time in the sun of every summer tends to result in … Continue reading Getting Burned

I Have Something To Share

The day after this spring semester ended, I cut off four inches of my hair. If you remember my first ever blog post (read it here), you will recall that I began graduate school by semi-impulsively chopping off 10 inches of my hair, that I had been growing out for years. Since my hair became … Continue reading I Have Something To Share

More to Know

I stood at my research poster, excitedly explaining the relationships between locus of control, religiosity, and resilience. But I’ll spare you the details (at least for now). At the end of an academically grueling semester of graduate school, I had the opportunity to present the research project that I worked on with my lovely group … Continue reading More to Know

The Enigma of Lemonhood

I never thought lemons could be so complex. While brewing my usual evening cup of herbal tea, I reached for my lemon juice to squeeze in a few drops. While stirring the yellowy goodness into my steaming cup, I thought about the versatility of lemons. Aside for the small selection of people with an extra-high … Continue reading The Enigma of Lemonhood

Coming Clean

I walked out smiling, mesmerized, and rejuvenated. To really enter into this season of Lent and prepare myself for the upcoming Easter celebration, I arrived to Church early in order to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before Mass. As a Catholic Christian, I adhere to the teaching that God alone can forgive sins, which He … Continue reading Coming Clean

The Profession of Talking and Listening

I took a good step back to reflect. Due to personal qualities that correlate strongly with a helping profession, I found myself drawn to the field of mental health and counseling. Pre-college, I had the faintest idea of what a career in this field looked like, and my many hours of online research were only … Continue reading The Profession of Talking and Listening