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On Tears, Depression, and Mixing Metaphors

Sometimes I feel it before it comes. Sometimes it builds in me, like a cough does – the way you track the tickle of it up your esophagus. You brace yourself, then; you cover your mouth, you look off into the middle distance expectantly. You give the apologetic one-finger to whoever you’re talking to. It… Continue reading On Tears, Depression, and Mixing Metaphors

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On Moving Back in with Your Parents

I mentioned recently that I’m going through a lot of change these days. I moved cities, I'm newly single, I'm navigating a new remote working situation, and perhaps most notably - I, at age 28, just moved back in with my parents. Yes, you read that correctly. And yes, I'm okay. But let's take a… Continue reading On Moving Back in with Your Parents

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How To Be Happy (Also “Why” …If You Need That)

The other day I was on the phone with a client, and was going over next steps for their branding project. I finished with the words, “…and then we’ll move into your website, which is the most exciting part!” The client responded teasingly, “Susie, is anything NOT the most exciting part for you? It seems… Continue reading How To Be Happy (Also “Why” …If You Need That)

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Days 7-9: All Roads Lead to Rome

Full disclosure, I was bursting at the seams with expectations for Rome - since I fell vicariously in love with it in Elizabeth Gilbert's book, Eat Pray Love. Anne Lamott says "expectations are disappointments in waiting" - but what does she know, anyway?Rome did not disappoint. It didn't even come close to disappointing, didn't even… Continue reading Days 7-9: All Roads Lead to Rome