Remembering to ‘just be’

I admit, I had unrealistic expectations for moving back to Seattle. I thought everything in my life would fall into place. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, as my niece would say. I’ve been here 10 days and that hasn’t happened yet! When I start getting panicky that I don’t have a job or an apartment yet,Continue reading “Remembering to ‘just be’”

Bring back that excited feeling

“Are you feeling excited about anything?” Navani asked me the other night when we were texting. As I mentioned, I was feeling blue about a number of things, capping the night off with learning that my Papa had died. At that moment, no, I couldn’t think of one thing I was excited about. Thankfully, asContinue reading “Bring back that excited feeling”

A soothing chai

Standing in my aunt’s kitchen this afternoon, watching the Keurig (shut up, James) work on a cup of pumpkin-spice coffee, I suddenly thought of Quyn and my first day in New York City. I was sleepy from the red-eye flight I took in from Seattle. Luckily the cab driver knew how to get me toContinue reading “A soothing chai”

Get me to the city. Stat!

I’m writing this from the Western edge of North Dakota. It makes me uncomfortable to be here. Now, I completely, 100 percent respect anyone who chooses to work off the land. I know some people love the rural life. I’m not one of them. Rural areas scare me. I feel safer around people. I feelContinue reading “Get me to the city. Stat!”

It’s not the next chapter, it’s the first chapter

It’s my last night in New York City. I was trying to think of something epic to do, but all I wanted to do was come home and write an article for my class and maybe have a glass of wine (definitely have a glass of wine). And that reminded me why I’m moving outContinue reading “It’s not the next chapter, it’s the first chapter”

4 days remain

“It’s OK to throw away the peas” I breathed a sigh of relief when Navani said those words. I put so much pressure on myself not to be wasteful, but I’m moving, and I can’t take everything with me. I also can’t eat it all before I go. Believe me, I’ve been trying. So, I’mContinue reading “4 days remain”

New York detox

Last night, I was looking on Meetup for a former New Yorkers group in Seattle. I feel like we all need a guide to help us adjust to life outside the Big Apple. We need someone to: Grab our wrists when we start walking out into the street. Remind us that “Manha’an” actually has twoContinue reading “New York detox”

New York, I love/hate you

This was written in response to a number of essays about leaving New York, including “New York Doesn’t Love You.” The most abusive relationship I’ve ever been in has been with New York City. I love you. You gave me ringworm. Fucking ringworm! It’s OK. I forgive you. You stole my savings. But you broughtContinue reading “New York, I love/hate you”