A Book You Must Read (or Hear)

If we’ve been friends for an hour or more, you know that I love reading. Chances are pretty good that we’ve been to a bookstore together, or we’ve talked about going to a bookstore together, or we’ve exchanged books, or I’ve borrowed a book that I’ve never given back. (Sorry about that.) And if we’ve talked about

Airport Treasurers

There is something magical about taking a trip. The moment you leave the comfort of your home and work, you are just you. You can carry as much or as little of your “self” with you. Traveling can be the most liberating experience in our lives if we let it be. And yet, we move

I’ve Heard Enough

I’ve heard enough. I’ve heard enough of the outrage expressed by people I know and by people I don’t about how the young man who drove away from a cop or ran away from a cop or the young woman who played on her cell phone for too long in class and refused to put it

How a Fixed Mindset Kept Me From Learning

When I graduated from college, my mother decided to hand over all of the sentimental things she’d kept for me — favorite stuffed animals, photo albums, my christening gown and a folder stuffed with my childhood test scores, including my first IQ test. As I looked through this folder I thought, “What happened to me?” My

Thirty Days

Wedding planning and working at a high-stress job simultaneously have taught me this: I’m too focused on nearly everything that doesn’t matter while forgetting the things that do — love, faith and remembering to breathe. Luckily my body’s impulse to suck in a deep breath kicks in after a few minutes and I don’t die.

Love in the Time of Ebola

I love Nick Hwang and am giddy to be planning our wedding with him this fall. We spend evenings after work talking about catering and music, flowers and invitations. In the first few weeks of our engagement, all our newly married friends warned us that scheduling was crazy so we should get on it asap.

We have so much potential!

Not to bombard the internet with the musing of my brain, but I feel wonderful today and simply must share. It’s Day One of resolving to take better care of myself so I woke up and headed to 11:30 class at Purusa Baton Rouge. If you haven’t been there yet, make it happen. The teachers are

TLC for My Prefrontal Cortex

I’m burnt out. Over the last few months, I’ve taken over the Bureau of Media and Communications, dealt with employee turnover, hired, counseled, messaged for the State on Ebola, West Nile virus, chickungunya, rabies, health care policy, the flu, wellness and sexual assault. I also got engaged and am planning a wedding. Cue the tiny

Am I really a Millennial?

This week, NPR asked Millennials to submit a selfie with the hashtag #NPRcensus for their New Boom project. Within the selfie, they requested the standard info: age, sex and race. They also asked for fields that wouldn’t be a part of the standard U.S. Census survey, fields that more accurately define an individual. A few weeks

Can I fake it till I make it?

I am terrified. I am petrified. I am so afraid of what you might think and what you might say that I am paralyzed. I am scared that I am not what I say that I am and that you will find out. I lay awake at night thinking you’ll find me out, discover that