Before this I always felt like I was looking for the next best thing. The next biggest adventure, the thing that would make me feel settled. I thought I was being adventurous, becoming the person I’m supposed to be.

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Julia Michael Comment

“At the end of that following school year, I learned to speak and write fluently in English. Just in time to understand my mother’s Catholic friends saying, “That child is going to hell!”

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Julia Michael

“I had a big imagination my mom would say. I was so happy to be with her. So happy.”

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Julia Michael

“Connection is the opposite of addiction. True, authentic, vulnerable connection. And it started with the connection to myself.”

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Valeria Alvarez

“I just closed my eyes, and the only comfort was knowing that time would make this moment feel really far away. And it has.”

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Valeria Alvarez

“Each piece that I create has its desire; a yearning to express something. As do I.”

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Julia Michael

“I quickly realized it wasn’t about me. It wasn’t about my performance; it wasn’t about any of the things he had said that night.”

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Valeria Alvarez

“He completely went off on me, and let me know that prior to our trip, the men of the office had rated every single one of us girls in the office.”

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Valeria Alvarez

“I had pictured my life at this age; but there I was. No Netflix account, no Hulu, and I need a new fucking T-mobile plan.”

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Valeria Alvarez

“I am a doctor and I heard my patients always say ‘I wish I could’ve loved them more for what they were’. You always could have loved more.”

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Valeria Alvarez

“So, him and I were like best friends when I was a kid. And then he left. He became that out of sight out of mind person for me. I don’t think it really effects me now.”

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Valeria Alvarez

“There’s something special about sharing myself in this way; truly sharing myself with myself.”

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Valeria Alvarez

“I have stripped myself of everything I thought I knew since that thought, this attachment, this everything.”

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Valeria Alvarez