On Stress Cleaning

It’s the best-worst habit you could have. It puts your obsessive personality to work. It makes other people look around your spotless home and question, “Does anyone actually live here, or is this a real estate show house?” What I’m describing is the habit of stress cleaning. Part obsessive, part compulsive (but I’m told not the two combined), […]

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Fear Is an Uninvited Businessman

It comes through the door without knocking, with the morning alarm. While you shake off the mist of sleep from your eyes, it shrugs off its overcoat and settles in the corner of the room and sets its needle-like fingers to work, shuffling meticulously through its hardbacked briefcase, black spreading sheafs paper on the ground. Its wares. What will […]

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How I Reconciled Being a Nerd with Social Anxiety

When I was 14, that magical age where everything seems to go wrong, I really loved to read Japanese manga. I read it voraciously, filling my bookshelf with volume after volume of shoujo, action, and adventure manga. I loved the interesting stories that one could find in them, and how their characters, issues, and plotlines […]

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A Guide to Journaling + Notebook Brand Reviews

I am obsessed with notebooks. Always have been. To me there’s something alluring about the promise of blank pages, about the very act of creation that occurs when you put a pen to paper and write. That’s why I can’t rave enough about journaling. To journal is to keep a notebook for frequent note-taking, diary entries, poetry, […]

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