My Struggle with Nice

Admission: I’m a struggling, but recovering, Nice-oholic. I never thought being nice would affect my mental health. But here I am, being honest about this addiction for the first time. Being nice all my life has led to major self-esteem issues, loss of confidence, and allowing myself to be bullied and to become a martyr…

Poeming out my feelings

Written in early July July poem #1 I’m staring at a mountain I dare not climb I’ve attempted it before Explored cavernous hearts that were not mine Only to slip and chip my soul I’m standing over the water too afraid to leap For a moment of freefalling bliss In the sea this cracked heart…

The Journey of the Whimsical Wallflower Continues

The journey of a heroine is filled with peril and adventure, twists and turns, love and heartbreak. But through it all, what is most important is the heroine’s character growth through the hardships and stumbling blocks thrown in her path. She must not wait for the world to happen to her nor be resigned to…

Repost: Dear Taylor

I’m so excited for Taylor’s #reputationStadiumTour so I thought I would repost this letter I wrote a few years ago about why her songs mean so much to me. Dear Taylor, I was twenty-one, and it was my senior year in college. I was struggling to get over a guy who I’d liked for three…

The PEI Adventures, Part 5

Wednesday, August 2, 2017: Driving from Tip to Tip We decide to drive around the island today. First, we head east towards Souris for Basin Head, also known as Singing Sands Beach. The sands are supposed to sing when you walk on them, but I’m disappointed. I barely hear a squeak. But the scenery more…

The PEI Adventures, Part 4

Monday, July 31, 2017. More Pretty Places and Lots of Eating. We get breakfast at a coffee shop called Beanz Cafe in downtown Charlottetown. Then we’re supposed to hike at the Winter Trail, but the trail isn’t marked clearly. We hike a bit, but decide to turn around before we get lost and no one…

The PEI Adventures, Part 3

Sunday, July 30, 2017. MY BIRTHDAY! Anne of Green Gables, Round 2 It’s the morning of my birthday, and….the cops pull us over. Turns out we’re going 80 kilometers per hour in a 50 kph zone. Now, 50 kph is equivalent to about 30 miles per hour, which is DAMN slow for LA drivers, especially…

The PEI Adventures, Part 2

Saturday, July 29, 2017. Anne of Green Gables, Round 1 This is the moment I am waiting for. MY. ENTIRE. LIFE. My bucket list item. To visit every Anne of Green Gables/L.M. Montgomery related site on Prince Edward Island. So Day 2 begins with a 30-minute drive from Charlottetown to Cavendish, which is the polar…

The PEI Adventures, Part 1

Prelude. July 2016. I always said I wanted to visit Prince Edward Island, but there was always some excuse not to make it happen. Not enough money. Not enough time. Can’t go by myself. Too scared. But then my 31st birthday passed, and something in me sparked. I didn’t want to live through another birthday…

Words to Remember My Grandfather

I’m six years old, and I can’t sit still. I’m so excited because it’s Grandparents’ Day, and my grandparents are coming to visit my class. When Grandpa walks in, I pull him and Grandma over to my desk. I listen impatiently as the other grandparents talk about their lives, and then finally, my teacher asks…

Some thoughts about Queen Victoria

Almost finished watching Victoria on Masterpiece. Despite the historical inaccuracies, I’m really enjoying it. However, I have one major criticism, which has led to extensive reflection (INFP talking here). So this critical thought rose when my dad walked in while I was watching the drama. “They’re all bad people,” he said, after a moment of…

Oh, Bully!

The story I’m currently writing has a bully in it. I’ve been trying to put myself in her shoes, to pinpoint her motivation. Why does she hate the main character? What is her backstory? Did she have a sad childhood? Was she a victim of bullying too? Abused? But no. There really is no tale…