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 →

happiness

I used to think that in order to "be happy", I would need to be in a place in my life where I was consistently happy. At all times. I used to dream of that day. I would look forward to a time in my life when everything was the way I wanted it to... 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 →

identity

Remember when you were younger and it was the first day of school? The teachers used to ask us to participate in ice breakers, or little games for the purpose of introducing ourselves to the class. A popular one was to go around the class in a circle and introduce yourself with your name, favorite... 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 →

perspective

Growing up, it has constantly been drilled into my head that "other people have it worse". There's people that have no money, no family members, or are extremely sick. I can see how that can make someone feel more optimistic about their own situation. But, by the same token, when they are going through something... Continue Reading →

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