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I don’t remember what happened the first night I blacked out, but when my daughter is born I know for sure I don’t want to miss a single moment.

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I started drinking at the age of eighteen. I don’t remember how that first night went because I got blackout drunk. Looking back, I wish I’d never touched a drop of it. Before I ever picked up a bottle of beer, I had massive goals. I was full of fire…


My husband is from Angola and is a very skilled cook. So, when he came home one night with 4 boxes of Idaho Spuds I was intrigued.

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My husband is from Angola. He has lived in the United States for seven years. We’ve been together almost two years, and we’re still discovering how different our tastes are when it comes to food. Cinnamon on baked fish? Not my favorite thing. …


Running became less about my speed and more about how long I could stay on the trails and soak in the beauty around me and silence all my worries.

Photo taken by paloma linda in August 2021.

It’s the feeling of warm, humid air caressing my arm hairs. The smell of the briny bayou that the trail runs alongside. It’s the siting of new birds like the roseate spoonbill that I thought was a flamingo the first time I visited this trail. It’s the nutria —large bayou…


But, as the song goes, if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.

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I didn’t grow up dreaming of getting married and having babies.

Usually, articles that start with a line like that are about respecting the writer’s choice to be “child-free”, but this is not that article.

You see, I’m 8 months pregnant. In fact, as I type away on my keyboard…


At 8 months pregnant, if I want to fall asleep on the couch while watching a true crime documentary, then I’m going to do it. But, why exactly do I feel guilty?

I want to go home, lie down, and fall asleep watching a true-crime documentary.

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There is nothing inherently wrong about this want. But, according to any self-help or self-improvement article you stumble upon, choosing to do nothing instead of being productive is self-destructive. These articles often tell you that doing…

I’ve lost thirty-pounds, gone down two pant sizes, changed careers, stopped drinking, but most importantly, I started taking chances.

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The Low

It started with the pandemic and the imminent shutdown. The timing was terrible as I’d just been laid off from the law firm I’d only started working at in December. The lead attorney decided to close after twenty years in business having accepted a position as a partner at a…

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