The first week of June was filled with devastation and despair. First, Kate Spade, a celebrated handbag designer, committed suicide at the age of 55. Then, Anthony Bourdain, acclaimed chef and storyteller on his show Parts Unknown, committed suicide at the age of 61. Lastly, a comprehensive study from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) … Continue reading Suicide in the 21st Century
Pain is often expressed through art. We can point to exhibitions of torment across almost all mediums, but comedy is an area where it's still uncomfortable to explore difficult topics. There's a social understanding that certain topics are off limits. If a comedian speaks about loss, suicide, or their own mental illness there's a chance that … Continue reading Comedy Can Be Cathartic
When I'm not doing homework on my commute I still need something to fill the time. I tend to recycle the same music playlists and get easily distracted so I finally checked out the world of podcasts. Oh man, have I been missing out! There are endless free podcasts to listen to out there on … Continue reading Podcasts are Neat
Introductions are awkward! Now that the back to school season is upon us I have been seeing a lot of posts about the first day of class where everyone shares their name and something about themselves. I dread it too. If most people loathe these introductions, why do we still do them? I think despite … Continue reading Hi My Name Is….
On many occasions we are our own worst enemies. One of these occasions is when we listen to ourselves say the words, "I can't." Once those words are in our minds or on our tongues we immediately find the reasons to back them up. For me, public speaking was always out of the question. I'm … Continue reading Take Control Of Your Narrative
We are stubborn, fearful of rejection, and don't want to "bother" anyone, or at least that's how I feel when I think of asking anyone for anything. I get anxious even just asking my roommate/best friend/therapist if I can eat some of her chips. Okay, so, normally instead of some I eat them all, but … Continue reading Asking Is The Hard Part