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16 Jun: The 20-year diet

A couple of years ago I realized I had been on some kind of “diet” for 2 decades. Twenty years of not liking my body, of wishing I look different, slimmer, fitter, and prettier. Sure, there were short periods of indulgence, like vacations or the Christmas holidays. There were also periods of brief acceptance, but for the most part my eating habits had focused on weight lose/weight management for two decades. I remember my first…

08 Jun: Can I get some quiet around here?

My brain never shuts up. Seriously. Never. It was recently pointed out to me that when our brains stop thinking we are most likely dead. But why does mine have to be so damn loud? It is like a freight train in my head. ALL THE TIME. It’s not like it is even productive thinking. It is largely just noise to second-guess and confuse me. A long running favorite is what I call the Mary…

30 May: I’m a fraud

I was six when I realized I was a fraud. Somehow at the young age of five I had tricked the school district into believing I qualified for the gifted and talented program. By the second grade I was struggling with spelling simple words, vocabulary assignments and reading out-loud. I realized the jig would be up soon, everyone would know that I was really a dumb kid. Desperate, I tired to think of a plan…

26 May: An Act of Defiance

Right up front a few of things you should know. I am not a writer. I am dyslexic and have been told my whole life I am not a writer, my writing is bad. Teachers, co-working, and bosses and have told me I am lazy and that I just don’t want to get better. * I am not pretty. I am not thin. I don’t see a lot of pictures in the media of women…

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