Taste your life.

May 25, 2017

It’s been one of those weeks where almost everything and everyone I encounter reaffirms the same thing. And that thing seems to be the thing I’ve been searching for all along in my angst of trying to figure out what I care about anymore. As I’ve been in a state of despondent behavior, my current yearning is to care about something, anything. It all started on Sunday when this doula who…

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Cooking like Oprah

May 19, 2017

I brought Oprah’s cookbook, because of course. And tonight I’m making another recipe for a dinner party that I’m hosting. A few weeks back, I was hanging out at my favorite inconvenience store in the neighborhood (it’s your run of the mill grocery store or bodega, but hella over priced…hence the inconvenience), when my former co-worker (oh and I used to work there) started telling me about a postal mishap…

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Are you a writer?

May 12, 2017

Today, I got on the 2 train with hundreds of other passengers, one of which happened to be D.L. Hughley. I ran through a quick story in my head about how he had probably just finished taping at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and so that means he had probably discussed the possibility of doing his show when they were on The View a couple months back. I thought to…

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Date Night with Joseph Campbell and Solitaire

May 5, 2017

After several months, I finally received the contract that I’ve been waiting for, and surprisingly, I feel close to nothing about it. I haven’t even finished reading through it, which is surprising because it’s what I’ve been looking forward to reading this whole time. And, it’s date night and I’ve spent much of the day searching for authors and publishing houses to connect with, which was to no avail, and…

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The Case for Rejections

April 27, 2017

This week has found me in one solidly consistent state of feeling rejected. My crush at work didn’t ask me out before his last day, a grant that I applied for turned down my application, and did I mention that my crush never asked me out? It can be rather distressing to focus on the positive when what you’ve been focusing on rejects you. And it’s not even that it’s that…

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What does “love” mean to you?

April 21, 2017

For those who know me, there is a passage in literature that I recite daily because of the visceral reaction it evokes for me. It’s from Toni Morrison’s Paradise and it’s the most loving gut-punch that expresses the truth that love is not a gift, but a diploma. "You can only earn – by practice and careful contemplation – the right to express it and you have to learn how…

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Too selfish or not too selfish?

April 18, 2017

I’ve been wrestling with my internal dialogue on whether or not I’m a kind person. Like most people, I’d like to think of myself as a kind, caring, and compassionate person, but sometimes I wonder if this is a nature/nurture state of being? Like what if I’m really a not-so-kind person and I only behave kindness. Or am I really a kind person at heart and exhibit not-so-kind behavior? Recently, I realized that I…

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The Separation of the Arts

April 13, 2017

My friend is opening a co-working space for performance artists. We met at a pitch session last year and connected on our shared plight of entrepreneurship. She’s a great force that I’m grateful to have in my life, and yesterday as we were talking in the space that she’s building, we kept coming around to the notion that there is a great divide between art communities. Listening to her and another…

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The little word that could…

April 12, 2017

It’s taking me a really long time to figure out the first line of this post. Yesterday, I was reminded of the power of words and how we create our experience from what we say. Because our thoughts become our words, and our words become our action. And this much I know to be true, but to what extent? Frankly, I find that it adds so much pressure to speaking that…

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What’s your daily morning ritual?

April 11, 2017

There’s a question that Oprah asks her guests on Super Soul Sunday, which I look forward to the most, “Do you have a morning ritual?” I tend to expect some grand ceremony of awakening to the day, but it tends to be the most basic of activities, things we all already do in some form or fashion. “I have a cup of tea…” or “I read the paper…” or “I meditate,…

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