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There Is No Box

“Learn how to think outside the box.” “This job requires someone who can think outside the box.” “Take this course on how to think outside the box.” Everywhere, “thinking outside the box” is seen as a valuable skill. As a student, as an employee, and even just as a human, outside-the-box thinking is lauded.  But here’s the thing: we’re surrounded by boxes. Friends, family members, … Continue reading There Is No Box

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98% Renata

There’s something comforting about accepting mediocrity. Or at least, being accepting of less-than-perfection. Perfectionism is always something that I’ve struggled with. I can still remember sitting on a bench with my Spanish teacher while studying abroad in Spain, struggling to eloquently convey my thoughts in Spanish. “I can see the wheels turning in your head, trying to come up with the perfect thing to say. … Continue reading 98% Renata

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Being Childfree

“Paula, did you hear what your daughter just said!?” My grandmother yelled across the kitchen to my mother in a scandalized voice. “Yeah, she doesn’t want to have kids,” my mom responded, unfazed, “I’ve always known that. She can have dogs if she wants.” I still remember this conversation with my grandmother plain as day. I don’t remember what exactly brought it up, perhaps it … Continue reading Being Childfree