Tag Archives: koko

Waking Up in America

Yesterday, I woke up in America, but I still felt blissfully empty. This was a lingering lightness, a holdover from vacation that I longed to hold onto: a clarity of mind, and a slackness of shoulder muscles free of worry. It’s a shame that to desperately grasp at keeping such a sense of calm is […]

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Yes We Can

Whether I was slinging bagels at Panera or entertaining kids as their full-time babysitter, I always considered my high-school self to be a solid employee. I was driven—started working the summer of my fourteenth year and never stopped. I was great at being fake cheerful, even if I didn’t really want to rip movie tickets […]

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Milestones

I’m not usually one to miss important milestones. But it seems that I graduated from college one year ago last May, and the entire month swept by without my recognizing the anniversary. In the grand scheme of things, how meaningful is this milestone, really? It’s not a day that we’re socially conditioned to remember, like […]

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Balancing Act

To me, balance is a word that should conjure feelings of calmness and safety, of natural order; it’s a word that indicates everything is in its proper place, neither in danger of tipping over nor upsetting the status quo. But it’s funny how that ideal is hardly ever attained: balance is a buzzword tossed around […]

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Curl Up With a Good Book

I’ll admit, being a perfectionist can be a useful thing: my bills are always paid on time, I never miss a work deadline, and my meticulous measuring skills usually lead to successful batches of cookies and brownies. On the other hand, there are plenty of times when that perfectionism is problematic, such as when I […]

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