credit

For whatever reason, up until a year ago, I never really was able to give myself credit for anything I did. During my freshman year of high school, I struggled a lot. It was taking me 7 hours to complete homework that should have taken much less. I struggled to balance that with swimming and... Continue Reading →

promises

It can be so easy to get caught up in the idea of forever when it comes to relationships. Every day, I see people in brand new relationships throw the word around on social media. It's almost addicting. It's a huge relief when someone promises you that they aren't going anywhere. But who can really... Continue Reading →

change

Happiness is fluid. I found mine in the acceptance that life isn't going to be exactly what I want it to be. Things and people are going to change, and we have to go with it. Nothing is guaranteed, and that's okay. Change is the healthiest thing that there is, even if it's not what... Continue Reading →

new

There's something about new starts. To me, they feel like magic. After the year I've had, moving into school last Sunday was exactly what I've been needing. I'm writing to you from my bedroom in my new apartment. It's the first time I've ever lived in an apartment and have my own bedroom at college.... Continue Reading →

independence

If there's anything that damages your confidence from the very beginning, it's a parent not showing any interest in your life. Growing up, my dad wasn't around very much. He skipped out on most of the important things that were going on in my life. I've competed in hundreds of swim meets. Summer league, club... Continue Reading →

waves

Have you ever been in the ocean during high tide? When the waves are coming so fast that you can't seem to catch your breath? That's the best way to explain how I've felt for the past year. Last summer, I was going through a difficult breakup. It happened in the end of June, and... Continue Reading →

courage

In my last post, I wrote about anticipating a three day hospital stay to undergo brain scans. I shared that I was experiencing severe anxiety about the testing, mainly because I knew the doctors would be trying to induce seizure activity throughout my stay. During my first day and night at the hospital, I was... Continue Reading →

balance

Even as a high-level athlete for ten-plus years, I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I believed that I was overweight, when in reality, I was the perfect size. I used to believe that once the scale displayed a certain number, I would be happy. Boy, was I wrong.... Continue Reading →

purpose

A few months ago, I woke up on what I thought would be a typical Tuesday morning to an email that one of my classmates had passed. Even though I didn't know her very well, I knew that she was a very sweet girl. I had a class with her and we had spoken a... Continue Reading →

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