At home in the world

I didn’t love Champaign at first. Really, I didn’t even want to come here. 20 years ago when it was time for me to decide where to go to college, I didn’t fill out my application to UIUC—I hid it under my pile of first-choices, hoping my parents wouldn’t see. But they found it and … Continue reading At home in the world


On creativity

I was chatting with my best friend recently, my college roommate who I’d argue knows me better than anyone, even after 15 years of living apart, and I was talking about how I was going through a sort of redecorating frenzy at home. We moved a cabinet to relocate a desk and that prompted a … Continue reading On creativity

Secret dreams

Glennon (of Momastery) posted this to her Instagram last week and dammit if it wasn’t encouraging: It spoke to me because—and here is my secret dream, people—I want to be a writer. It’s really hard to admit that. Easier to write it than say it out loud. I took creative writing in college but wasn’t … Continue reading Secret dreams