Words Of Hope

Proving Myself

So much of my life has revolved around proving myself: I chose Duke because that proved I worked hard in school for years and years. I traveled all ov...

The Five-Year Plan

I’ve always had a plan. I make goals. I make smaller goals to meet that goal. I meet those goals. I achieve the goal. I create a new list. I repeat....

Fire

If there’s one emotion with which I most empathize, it’s disappointment. When people are disappointed, particularly people whom I love so deeply, ...

Disengagement

7:12pm Saturday night, walking to my dinner reservation at 7:15, restaurant is a fifteen-minute walk: Thoughts running through my head as I power-walk...

The Couple

If you’ve been paying close attention to the blog, I haven’t had a lot of deep posts lately. I’ve been in a rut, a writer’s block, a mental ha...

Fitness Fads

Last weekend, I did a fitness class with friends. We went to Barry’s Bootcamp, touted by fitness magazines as “the 1,000-calorie workout.” Clien...

On Being Strong

“You’re so much stronger than you think,” Mandy, a Pure Barre instructor, says, in the middle of every Pure Barre class. (Pure Barre is a 55-min...