My Struggle with Anxiety & Depression

Originally Published November 2017 My life is a paradox. At least it is right now. I know that if I eat healthier, go outside more, and get daily exercise, the anxiety and depression I suffer with will subside. But because of my anxiety and depression, I feel nervous about going outside, have no motivation to exercise, and lack the energy […]

The Listener

He has opinions. He has beliefs. He is like anyone else in that he feels strongly about current events in the world and events in history. But he won’t show it in long, passionate, arrogant posts. His attitude is not, “If you don’t agree with me, you’re stupid.” In this world of competing voices all demanding to be heard, he […]

My Views on Immigration

Author’s Note: The views expressed in this post are my responsibility and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am the daughter of an immigrant. My mom came to the United States from Denmark when she was sixteen years old, knowing that she would likely get engaged to my dad. She […]

My Favorite Place

Originally Published April 2018 The library. A magical realm where everything is possible. A place of quiet where imagination is unbound. A repository of knowledge where questions are answered. As a girl, I wanted to live in the library. As a woman, I still feel the same. I can imagine a small room with a comfortable bed to sleep in, […]

At the Ocean

Originally Published June 2018 At the age of 37, I experienced another first. A couple of weeks ago, our family went to the beach. This wasn’t just standing by the sea and watching the waves or dipping my toes in the ocean, but walking barefoot in the sand, wading waist-deep in the water, and searching for seashells. As part of […]