How to Prepare for a Profile Feature
After two years, 12 profiles, and a shit-ton of time wasted looking for the “right” way to write profile features, I’ve figured out my own system of doing things. I didn’t discover these tips in a blog post or learn them in a classroom. They’re the lessons I’ve failed, braved, and weathered in the trenches…. Read more
Empowered Women Empower Women
Every decision I make seems to lead me back to a pivotal crossroads—a career change, a cross-country move, and a stint in graduate school, each of which dropped me onto another crossroads. There’s a consistent theme of failure in my life, and I find myself walking in circles until I’m knee-deep in a ditch. While… Read more
Things I Do When I’m Writing-Resistant
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Scrub the toilet. Rearrange the bedroom furniture. Exercise. But like not too hard. I just moved the bed and chest of drawers. Bathe the cat. Delete emails (aka read college emails from 2010 and the attached class assignments and feel super proud of some of that work). Call my mom, knowing we’re going to be… Read more
Five Lessons Learned from Failure
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2017 was the year I’d been dreading since 2007. I wanted to line my adolescent gray skies with adulthood silver linings—professional accomplishments, a passport full of exotic stamps, success. Wholly unoriginal, I understand that, but I wanted to be something worth being. Ten years ago, I set off to college full of ambition and excitement… Read more
Sons and Daughters
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It’s a running joke in my family that my parents raised me to be tough. For instance, if I fell down or got hurt (which happened often), I was told not to cry. Rub some dirt in it. Curb those complaints. Not only that, but when it came to my education, there was no grade… Read more
Pear-Shaped Women, It’s Not You
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From the desk of: Angelina Squarejaw, Fashion Expert and Fitness Guru  Dear Pear-Shaped Women, Your hips and thighs are juicy. They demand attention; unfortunately, despite a recent explosive acceptance of all body types, yours is still the worst. I don’t think that, of course, but let’s take a moment for you to employ some self-awareness. You are disproportionate…. Read more
How a Baseball Hat Helped Me Feel at Home
After a few months of living in SLO, I felt like my non-Californian status was evident from one glance. I avoided talking for fear my Southern accent might bring attention to me, or worse, encourage stereotypes and derision. Everywhere I went things were different—weather, traffic, grocery stores, social rules. It wasn’t an obvious otherworld, but things… Read more