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Developing a Morning Routine

I love mornings. I love mornings because of the fresh dewiness that is laden on window sills and atop the plants and grass in the garden, because the sky is a different shade of new, and because there’s no better smell than coffee, no better sound than that of…

The Good Cup: a Coffee Story

I have waited a long time for this moment. This moment when the house smells of freshly ground coffee and the lingering aromas of cocoa, berries, and citrus swim freely about every room. The difference from every other time is that the bitterness, that is often loitering and unwelcome,…

In the Now & One Year from Now

While our presence is summoned at all times, it is just as vital for us to plan ahead as it is for us to be in the now. The now is a wonderful place, an experience like no other, at a time when everything and everyone is. Yesterday has…

25 Thoughts on My 25th Year

I’m at the hump, and looking towards the side of the hill that sings thirty at the bottom, a destination that I have been longing to reach for much of my life. I am twenty-five years old and having taken the time to examine the breadth of my accomplishments,…

We Have Nothing & Why That’s a Good Thing

In March, my husband and I flew into the United States from Istanbul, Turkey with four large suitcases, two carryon duffles, a purse, and a laptop case (with a laptop inside). We took the time to sort through our belongings before the move, creating toss, keep, and carry piles. In the toss pile,…