I swam for the first time in months

   The gyms have been closed so I swam in a lake at Raccoon Creek State Park and Moraine State Park. I swam two days in a row. The sun was perfect and lifted my spirits. I nearly teared up as I approached the water because I almost couldn't believe I would get to swim [...]

Summer Air

Notice my wave ring. These selfies are actually really important to me. I’m so glad for the sunshine and warm weather. I’ve been so much more conscious of my health and body and less SELF conscious. Even when I did dance and was in the best shape of my life I would never show my [...]

Today I just was not vibing.

Like, at all. I tried to work but couldn’t focus. Lost internet connection and lost some of my work. I tried to record things for my online class that starts in June but kept getting interrupted. I was so unproductive today despite my efforts. Going on my normal walk didn’t even help. Neither did trying [...]

Adult Children of Emotionally Unavailable Parents — Review

This, honestly, was probably one of the most personally and professionally useful books I have read in a very long time. It is a quick read with so many useful vignettes as well as checklists that are easy to digest. It makes the material so much easier to apply to yourself. I have not read [...]

I would have been leaving for Belize today

I’ll get back to seascapes. I have enough photos to last a while. But! I did go hiking today. The weather was so nice and comfortable that I didn’t feel too bad about missing the sea. The sun was on my skin. Warming but not scalding. Not humid. Completely comforting. It is starting to set [...]

Confident

It’s not something that I would normally describe myself as. I do want to memorialize this moment in time. It was before my dissertation defense and I WAS feeling confident. And yes I took off my blazer because I was hot and put it back on before I defended my dissertation via zoom. Lol I [...]

The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self [Review]

This book has a wealth of helpful information for therapists and for people learning to gain self-insight, independently. Awesome. 5/5 stars for sure. If you grew up in stressful circumstances, this may not be a light read for you. I certainly found that to be the case. Though having a lot of things laid bare [...]

Seascape Saturday

The sea holds wonders Above and below Horizons shift Separate worlds You come to know.   I chose this photo today because I've been feeling off-balance. Likely, I'm not alone in this. Part of me is exceedingly grateful for the change of pace and another part of me is just completely unsure of how to [...]

Quarantine Day …32?

My dissertation defense date is set. I was agonizing over whether it would happen or not... and it will happen over Zoom. I can't help but be cynical about the timing, like, OF COURSE that would happen to me... such an anticlimactic finish to my PhD program... I won't get to stand at a podium [...]