Homecoming

Although I recognize that “home” may not always be the place where people feel the most welcome, it certainly hasn’t been that way for me. There is always something special about going back home after being away for a long time. First, there’s the food. For the most part, it’s good. It has taste, substance and…

Season of Giving

Sometimes when I volunteer or give back to my community, I am struck with the possibility that what I’m doing is somewhat selfish. This sounds very odd I’m sure, considering the very definition of volunteering or donating requires selflessness. But I sometimes find it a little selfish simply because of how good it makes me…

Your Friendly Neighborhood Extrovert

I’ve seen an increased amount of articles and discussions about the whole introvert vs. extrovert discussion lately. Mainly, the articles explore how introverts feel in social settings the best ways to make them comfortable. As much as I think it is wonderful that introverts get their voices heard and give people a chance to understand how they…

Taking Care

It is something we have all heard since we were children: “take care of your toys” and “let me take care of you” were phrases peppered into the thread of our youth but I think sometimes its meaning gets a little lost. It’s true that as a kid, “taking care” was a phrase that was…

Candy For All

When I was a kid, fall was my absolute favorite. Of course I loved Christmas in the winter, my birthday in the spring and the never ending playfulness of summer, but something about fall air always energized my young mind. Some of my most heartwarming childhood memories are from brisk Halloweens where I would play in…

Your Immune System vs. the Changing Season

Every year, as the leaves begin to slowly float their way to the ground like golden snowflakes. I find myself looking at them in awe while also reaching in my pocket for a tissue to blow my nose. Yes, autumn is a beautiful season that brings a crisp vibe to the air as well as…

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Think of middle school. Try not to cringe. The reason I say this is because for myself, and for most people I know, middle school is our most embarrassing time period in our past. (I feel my face turning red even just thinking about it.) There were braces and Hollister t-shirts that were so simple…

In Defense of the Pumpkin Spice Latte

I can practically see you rolling your eyes already and picturing me sitting in front of my laptop, sipping on orange, frothy goodness from Starbucks, wearing yoga pants and Uggs and cradling a small baby pumpkin. Even though that is not what I look like currently, I would not mind finding myself in that situation….