A Name Change

While this may appear trivial to some, it was one of the most empowering moments of my life. Last summer, right around this time, I went to court to legally change my middle name. You see, I grew up in an abusive home (physical, emotional, sexual, and spiritual abusive). While my last name changed when … More A Name Change

8 Months

After 8 months of living in the the “coffee shop” capitol of the US, we are at a coffee shop together for the first time. Quite a nice place, Cup & Bar. Not overrun with people, yet still that hipster local vibe. And they give you a little piece of chocolate with your lattes. Who … More 8 Months


This past week I saw my first unicycle on Burnside no less. I feel like I am even more of an official Portlander now! I have been told the unicycles still existed, yet had never actually seen one. It was quite an epic, the guy presented as early 2000s grunge punk. If only I hadn’t … More Unicycle

A New Job

Today I gave my notice at my job. It has been a great experience and I am very thankful for it. Did I think that I would have this job for a year or so longer? Yes, but alas, a week after vacation I find myself on the market for a job once again. Part … More A New Job


Since Maui it has been quite difficult to adjust back to Portland… the rain has not helped.  I knew what I was doing and consciously chose to do it. Yet, at times I wondered why it is so “taboo” to hide or isolate at times. In moderation, I think that hiding can help more than … More Hiding


The past two weeks here in Portland have been rather glorious with the mild weather and sunshine! Almost too awesome… that is until the headaches set in because your not used to ANY sunshine for days-weeks! One day at work, I was tempted to go out to my car to get my sunglasses to wear … More Maui