• Life,  Personal Life

    Nightmares: Why We Get Them & How to Deal

    I have struggled with nightmares my whole life. Most people grow out of them after childhood, but lucky adults like me never seem to get rid of them; and, being an adult doesn’t make them any more manageable. In fact, as I’ve gotten older, my nightmares have worsened in intensity, frequency, and disturbing content. Everyone is different, especially when it…

  • Life,  Personal Life

    Inevitably Somewhere

    I am a great proponent of the wisdom that one can happen upon whilst taking a shower. Perhaps the clash of steam against the icy tiles is the true culprit of inspiration, but I like to think that it’s my iPod, which I take into the shower with me every day (not before I seal it in a plastic baggie,…

  • Life,  Personal Life,  Safe Life

    Run & Hide

    For as long as I have been writing songs, I have always wanted to write one regarding rape culture and victim blaming. These issues are ones that I care about and want to stand against because they are very important to me personally. In the past couple of years, I have encountered people who don’t understand my level of concern…

  • Life,  Personal Life

    Perks of Being an Auntie

    When I was eighteen, my sister had her first child, Isaac. It was an exciting time for my close-knit family as he was the first nephew/grandson/child/what-have-you. Two short years later, Isaac got a sister, Naomi, and our family became even happier. So, though I’ve only been known as “Auntie” for three (and a half, almost four, good gracious!) years, they…

  • Life,  Personal Life,  Social Life

    New Old Surroundings

    Bred into the military life, I have grown accustomed to moving every few years, so new beginnings are anything but foreign to me. Although, it is something I thought I had put to rest in my life. That is, until recently. I am officially a college graduate and the proud owner of a Bachelor’s of Music. When I began this…

  • Life,  Personal Life

    New Normal

    My relatives had my life planned out for me before I was born: I was going to become either a nun or a doctor and spend every waking moment wondering WWJD. I’d seek all serious advice from priests or deacons. I’d attend mass on a regular basis, and if anyone I knew ever had serious mental health issues, I’d immediately…

  • Bright Places,  How To,  Life,  Personal Life

    Cranberry Chocolate Bar Recipe

    If you have been sitting around and wishing for an awesome new recipe to try, then look no further.  These sweet and tangy bars have been my go-to snack for countless girls’ nights, family vacations, and movie marathons since high school. I will warn you, though: they are highly addictive. I recommend doubling the amounts below because otherwise you’ll only…

  • Life,  Personal Life

    Ask Max – Am I His Girlfriend?

    Q:  Dear Max, I’m going out with a guy who seems to like me a lot, but he won’t call me his girlfriend.  He tells his friends we’re just ‘hanging out,’ but when we’re alone he tells me how much I mean to him.  What should I do? A: Talk to him about it. That is the only way to…