On Singing

I began to get the idea that even if I worked like crazy, I wasn't exactly a favourite to win. The effect of this was that it really helped to solidify the idea that I had that I was some kind of underdog. I already knew that I wasn’t a cookie-cutter pretty soprano. Now it was becoming clear that I didn’t have the “right” family background either.

A Suddenly Quiet Extrovert

But like, it’s a pandemic, not a fun little experiment in telework. Therefore, I am reminded that I must cut myself some slack. The news and reality of what is happening in the world weighs on my soul, just like I’m sure it does for everyone else. I was wrong to assume that I could corral my life into a tightly orchestrated routine.

Time to Refocus on Fitness

I miss the gym. I’m one of those nerdy kids who discovered fitness late, and then became addicted.  I started running, and I got so into it that I eventually ran a marathon. I love weight lifting so much that I once did a bikini competition.  I’ve worked at two different (very different) gyms.  I’ve... Continue Reading →

Stay Fabulous

It’s so poetic and counterintuitive that there is freedom to be found in structure. Weird to say, but I guess I like structure. I like having a morning routine to set me to rights, and a night routine to put myself to bed. These things can become indispensable companions in a world that’s topsy turvy.

An Unexpected Peace

I surprised myself this morning by waking up feeling dead calm.  Not stressed at all. Not even the slightest hint of anxiety.  I felt healthy and centered.  Wow, this was unexpected. What a gift!  Nearly my first thought upon waking was, what have I done lately to deserve this?  Have I kept a perfect diet?... Continue Reading →

The Upside of Jealousy

Experiencing jealousy is completely normal. Wait, let me say it again, just in case you missed it...

Getting jealous is normal.

It doesn’t make you bad, or immoral.  It is not proof that you are a terrible person or a terrible friend.

Reasons to Be Cheerful

It takes a little effort for someone like me to remain cheerful.  One thing that works is to consciously acknowledge the things for which I am grateful.  Yes, sometimes this feels about as appealing to me as eating a big ol' pile of brussel sprouts, but it's worth it.

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