Black Lives Matter

This is overdue and I’m ashamed of that. And I acknowledge that I’m not in a position to meaningfully advance the conversation. But still, silence is far worse than tardiness, so I’ll state it plainly: I stand with the people who want to end white supremacy, structural oppression, systemic violence, and the blatant racism thatRead More

Finding mental health during times of uncertainty

There is a brokenness out of which comes the unbroken, a shatteredness out of which blooms the unshatterable.   There is a sorrow beyond all grief which leads to joy, and a fragility out of whose depths emerges strength. There is a hollow space too vast for words through which we pass with each loss, outRead More

I’ve changed (and why I’m taking a few months off from writing)

The short version I’m taking a few months off from writing for this blog. I’ll be back in the spring / summer of 2020. The long version, part 1: I need to dedicate time to projects in the works I finish grad school in May to become a therapist. After that I’ll be launching newRead More

2019 personal review: lessons, losses, victories, and books

2019 was a year lived in the extremes. On one hand, for the first time ever, I feel firmly on my path. I experienced a flow, joy, and ease of life that used to be alien. On the other hand, returning to school has been tedious and extremely time consuming. Far worse, five people closeRead More

On the beauty of setting boundaries and drowning out the world

Mexico, Sept 2019, during my first solo trip in 4.5 years: I didn’t think that eating a taco could feel like a divine experience – I mean, most of the time I barely even notice what I’m eating – but right now, this taco is making me believe in God. And no, I’m not high.Read More

When the world won’t stop beating you down

Earlier this year: It was already an impossible week. After 60 hours at work and school, I needed to hop on a red-eye to attend another funeral. To make matters worse, A*, my then girlfriend, and I had a stormy sort of love. Before leaving for the funeral, I made a reservation for us atRead More

A mental model to boost happiness and productivity

“I understand there’s a guy inside me who wants to lay in bed, smoke weed all day, and watch cartoons and old movies. My whole life is a series of stratagems to avoid and outwit that guy.” – Anthony Bourdain These days I’m constantly under the gun. I’m working six-day weeks, and at least onceRead More