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On Display

By letting someone into my space, albeit virtually, I can share with them how I see the world.

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The author will be the first to criticize the Bachelor franchise, which she's been watching for seven years. But how different is being a Bachelor fan from being an avid sports fan, really?

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Sunlight illuminates the trees on the author's favorite hiking trail in Villa Montalvo.

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A waterfall on Saratoga Creek, which runs through the author's hometown — her favorite place to slow down and decompress.

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Sunset paints the clouds a pale orange near the author's house in California.

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Walking along the author's favorite trail in the California winter.

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Growth and Decay

In a time when I felt I had nothing, not even a sense of who I was, I remembered that the earth gives me — gives us — so many gifts that I don’t have to work to earn or prove myself worthy of.

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On Finstas and Fractured Selves

My New Year’s resolution was to try my best to stop taking everything so damn seriously: do more, think less, lower the stakes. I wanted to do whatever possible to get out of my own head — to reconnect with the humor and voice I felt like I had lost, to move through and inside of my life instead of adjacent to it.

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Bad Plant Mom

Plenty of people kill their plants, but I shouldn’t be one of them. Plants motivate much of my art and writing; I’m taking a plant biology course and researching forests for my thesis. There’s an embarrassing dissonance between how much I care about plants and how little I manage to take care of them.

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A box of various plants the author's friends entrusted to her to take care of.

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A colorful bowlful of tomatoes the author grew and gave away.

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The author shows off the red bell pepper she grew but forgot to eat.

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