The Art of Being Alone

We have been conditioned into believing doing things alone is, at best, boring and at worst, simply dreadful. But I'm here to let you know that doing things alone can actually be quite liberating.I won the opportunity to attend a short acoustic session, a short Q&A, and a meet and greet with members of one…

The Courage to be Different

When is the first time you remember someone telling you to change who you are? Were you too loud? Too quiet? Were your clothes too bright? Was your personality too much?We fail to see the power in being different when we are made to feel our differences make us defective. I often felt like a…

Who Am I Supposed to Be Now

Powerless. Confused. Just going through the motions of what I was "supposed" to do. Supposed to do well in school. Supposed to go to college. Supposed to pretend like this was the path I chose. But I did choose it. What else was I supposed to do? I didn't feel strong enough to go any…

True Belonging: Being Who You Are

We are multifaceted creatures, walking paradoxes. We are on the hunt for true belonging. I am always fascinated by people like Amanda Palmer or Maya Angelou, people who have found "sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness." For most of my life I thought if I could fit…

Finding the Beauty in Being Yourself

"I don't want to stand out anymore.  Why can't I be like everyone else?  Why does everyone else seem like they are confident while I'm over here faking it?  Why can't I have a fucking conversation without my words fumbling out of my mouth?  I sound like an idiot..." So were the thoughts of younger…