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How to feel feelings like a normal person

June 25, 2020 Karianne 6 min read 4 Comments

I grew up hearing “Quit crying or I’ll give you something to cry about.” Any act of anger was doubled-up on and became a battle a child could never win. Privileges were revoked—it felt like I was grounded whenever perfection wasn’t reached. Although I’ve already forgiven everyone involved—sometimes multiple times…

What now

May 29, 2020 Karianne 5 min read No Comments

I have a friend who had her whole life planned out. She knew where she’d go to college and she did it. She knew where she wanted a job and she did that too. Me? I flew on the wind with no plan or concern for the time that passed….

COVID-19: Rooting for Wuhan

February 11, 2020 Karianne 4 min read No Comments

“It’s in the US now?” I said through gritted teeth when I first heard the coronavirus (now called COVID-19) was in California. How could the Chinese officials let this happen? They lied, said it was nothing to worry about, and now the coronavirus is uncontrollable. “No-one is surprised the next…

Thanks a lot 2020

January 31, 2020 Karianne 5 min read 1 Comment

Instead of making resolutions that I’ll forget by February, every year I pick a word that I want to focus on. In high school it was always “courage” or “perseverance” and last year I made the mistake of choosing “peace,” which turned out exactly like one would expect when taunting…

The Aftermath of Admitting

January 20, 2020 Karianne 4 min read 2 Comments

After sharing my struggle with depression, and the 3-days that hit harder than I’d ever experienced before (or since), emails, comments, and texts came pouring in. People in Kenya, Cameroon, Philippines, and across the United States shared their story with me. I couldn’t believe it. So many people in my…