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Memoirs of a Sneakerhead

If you see me walking down the street, chances are I won’t make eye contact with you. It’s not because I’m self-consciously looking at the ground or superstitiously avoiding cracks, it’s because I’m staring at your sneakers. Sneakers are the ex-boyfriends I never got over. Some were more memorable than others, like the adrenaline-fueled high-top… Read More »

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Sober Bride: Why I Quit Drinking the Year I Got Married

A toxic relationship with alcohol… I had always hoped that, one day, I would quit drinking. After countless two-day hangovers, many drunken stupors, and some major regrets, I knew I couldn’t keep doing this to myself. Growing up with an alcoholic father was inexplicably painful. To make things worse, my family didn’t even talk about… Read More »

Dirty Dancing

How a Salsa Dancing Class Helped Me Get in Touch with my Body

“I hate my arms,” I said, scowling at the floor-length mirror with them outstretched wide, looking more like a Boeing 777 than a delicate bird. “Stop. Stop right there,” Vladimir told me. “Do you know what you just said?” “Yes. I said I hate my arms.” “See? That negative talk? We need to e-lim-i-nate that!” Vladimir… Read More »

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We Are All Exhausted; We Are All Alive

I’m fucking tired, can you tell? When I look at myself more closely in the mirror, my skin is still soft. The dark(er) circles that weigh heavy beneath my bottom eyelashes are almost obscured by the thick, creamy foundation I lathered on this morning. The zit or two around my chin are barely noticeable. I… Read More »

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