You Are Strong

Strength is not the absence of weakness. It isn’t never being scared, or sad, or heartbroken.   Strength is not taking failure, or rejection, or grief gracefully— And it isn’t even the ability to stand after you fall.   Sometimes strength is just getting through it. And it’s not pretty, or romantic, but it’s real. … More You Are Strong

What Makes You Happy

I am going to tell you a story. It’s probably a familiar story—you’ve heard it from your mother, or aunt, or your older friend. It’s probably a story you will live if you haven’t already. This isn’t the story of how I figured out what I want in life, because I haven’t, and it isn’t … More What Makes You Happy

Make the Mistake

I don’t want to be the person to tell you that all mistakes are good, or that even the worst things you will grow from, because frankly that’s obnoxious. Maybe it is true that even the hard, sucky, parts of life make us stronger, but I don’t think telling anyone in the hard, sucky parts … More Make the Mistake

The Harder Hikes

I am not going to sing the praises of nature, as if a walk in the woods can fix all your problems. The woods are not medicine. I am not going to tell you that being alone in the woods makes it easier to think, because it doesn’t. And I’m not going to tell you … More The Harder Hikes

Starting College: The Dos and Don’ts of Planning Your Future

There is a lot of pressure on high school graduates to choose their career path and set up their lives right away, and maybe you’re feeling that right now, and that’s why you’re here. I know I felt that pressure 4 years ago, when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do … More Starting College: The Dos and Don’ts of Planning Your Future