Published: Chicago Writers Association’s Write City Review

Check it out, friends! My artwork has made its debut in the, fittingly enough, debut publication of the Chicago Writers Association’s Write City Review. It’s so exciting to see my name and work in there that I could burst. I know this isn’t a big deal, like, at all, and I’m used to seeing my journalism bylines, but having my creative writing and embroidery published is a rad new development that feels awesome and I’m totally humbled by it.

Eeeee, let’s celebrate! Get your own copy at Printers Row Lit Fest or join the Chicago Writers Association today.

A year in review / Today I turn 32 / No one told me how awesome your thirties could be / I bought myself a watch for my birthday

A year in review.

When I was 31 years old I did the following:

  • Stayed sober.
  • Married my best fucking friend.
  • Went to Mexico.
  • Swam in the ocean.
  • Saw the American south.
  • Bought legal weed.
  • Took a vacation and didn’t feel guilty about it.
  • Put up some really difficult but important relationship boundaries.
  • Was a better sister than ever before.
  • Successfully became a full-time freelance writer.
  • Doubled my savings.
  • Grew my embroidery and creative writing work.
  • Submitted fiction and nonfiction writing to publications.
  • Didn’t cry when they got rejected.
  • Earned my first live lit Chicago performance spot.
  • And then got more!
  • Stopped getting so homesick.
  • Embraced impermanence.
What a ride! Thank you 31. <3

A plan for next year.

I hope to say I did the following when I was 32 years old:

  • Stayed sober.
  • Stayed married to my best fucking friend.
  • Didn’t smoke any cigarettes.
  • Made healthier food and sleep choices.
  • Swam in the ocean.
  • Took a vacation and didn’t feel guilty about it.
  • Was a better sister than ever before.
  • Successfully stayed a full-time freelance writer.
  • Doubled my savings.
  • Submitted fiction and nonfiction writing to publications.
  • Got accepted!
  • Finished my second book, the first book I truly love. (!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
  • Presented my first gallery show of embroidery work. (!!!?!!!!!!!!!)
  • Found more time for myself/ made that clock’s-a-tickin’ a positive.
  • Check my watch, not my phone.
  • Embraced finiteness.
Watch goals.