Writing Memoir

Why is it so hard for women to accept themselves?

Last week, my Public Speaking and Debate students gave their first formal speeches. As always, I was intrigued by what each new set of students will talk about and how they will deliver their speeches. One student in particular gave a speech called, “How to love yourself without losing weight” that brought a tickle of… Continue reading Why is it so hard for women to accept themselves?

Writing Memoir

The Paradox of Memoir Writing

It has become a necessity for me to write down my early memories. If I neglect to do so for a single day, unpleasant physical symptoms immediately follow. As soon as I set to work they vanish and my head feels perfectly clear…. Something within me has been touched. A gradient has formed, and I… Continue reading The Paradox of Memoir Writing

Writing Memoir

Seeking solitude and sanity in everyday life

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” – Blaise Pascal I was contemplating the complexities of being an introvert or what feels like introvertedness when I thought about the times I had tuned out. On my 21st birthday I was dragged out of my comfort zone to… Continue reading Seeking solitude and sanity in everyday life

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How the right books found me at the right times

Island of the Blue Dolphins fed my melancholic soul when I was a child. I wasn’t naturally sad, but after my father’s death, I felt very alone and withdrawn. Island of the Blue Dolphins is about a girl stranded alone on an island (and interestingly enough was based on a true story), and it comforted… Continue reading How the right books found me at the right times

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I did it! #365grateful challenge completed.

  Practicing gratitude, not unlike meditation, has gotten a lot of attention these days for having many benefits. I imagine if I was a writer for Cosmo magazine, I’d probably have to claim something like this: Being grateful has proven to: make you more bedable (their word, not mine) give you stronger thicker hair firm… Continue reading I did it! #365grateful challenge completed.

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Do you have to be anti-social to be an artist?

Ever since I moved to Siem Reap I’ve been fairly anti-social. That is to say, whenever I’ve been asked to be part of a group, an outing or even a casual meal, I’ve thought about it a great deal because: 1) I’m such a homebody, and 2) I’m working on my second memoir. Despite what… Continue reading Do you have to be anti-social to be an artist?

Writing Memoir

8 Things I’m Loving About Life Right Now

You know how when you’re getting ready to leave something or someone and everything suddenly starts to look good? That job, that boy, that town unexpectedly doesn’t seem so bad. If anything there seems to be a kind of shine and sparkle to sitting down at your own desk, the morning commute feels charming and… Continue reading 8 Things I’m Loving About Life Right Now