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Overcoming my driving phobia, one fast second at a time

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Hands gripping the steering wheel, my elbows tensed into a painful strain, I focus my eyes on the road and hope not to die.

I am barely adjusting to the rumble of the car, the jaw-clenching grind of the brake pedal whenever I brush it with my foot, the dented…

Lessons I learned from wasting $1,500 with the wrong life coach

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A few months ago, I put an end to the life coaching program I had started 6 months prior. …

Religion can stay out of my feminine care products

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If you have a menstruating body, you know what’s coming your way every month. …

They need your patience

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What’s more frustrating than interacting with someone who stutters, searches for their words, and fails to convey their ideas? Being that person.

Over the years, I have been told everything and its contrary: my accent was thick, I had no accent, my accent sounded very French/German/European, or that actually it…

A story of changing countries and cultures

“A cappuccino for May”, they’ll call at the coffee bar. May is not my name, yet I’ll pick the cup up and be on my way because this is the name I go by at coffee stores.

I had lived with the non-fact of my first name for 27 years…

For a nice little change from Proust

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Several years ago, when I was an exchange student in small-town Ohio, I’d spend the long fall afternoons sitting in the local bookshop café. I’d browse the shelves packed with soft, battered copies of books previously loved by students who had long fled this teeny tiny city.

My heart sank…

How to get rid of the pressure and enjoy reading again

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When you start reading a new book, do you instantly start wondering about the one you’ll read right after this one?

Do you feel guilty at the sight of the books you bought and haven’t been able to commit to yet?

If you answered yes to the questions above, you…

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Resetting our mindless consumption habits

We spent weeks locked up behind closed doors with our anxieties and material possessions. Now the shops are about to fully reopen, which is more exciting than we probably can take after such an austere 3-month entertainment diet.

I hear tales from friends who’ve been able to peruse titles in…

A reading list to challenge our perspectives on birth-giving.

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To have or not have children is a daunting question. At least when you don’t have any, and there’s no giving the idea a test try.

Just as writers are often the worst people with whom to talk about their own books, parents can have a hard time fitting the…

How to reclaim your voice and be more of yourself

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I spend too much time analyzing the people around me: what they think, what they feel, and how my own words and actions can blend in. In most uncomfortable situations I enter a dual state of being that has me do things while watching my actions unfold. …

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