The Secret History By Donna Tartt
Book Recommendations / June 28, 2019

Sometime in early 2017, I first saw The Little Friend by Donna Tartt at Barnes and Noble. The eye-catching cover that puts you in mind of Annabelle pulled me in instantly, and I knew it needed to go on my reading list. Flash forward to 2018, and I finally owned it. I plowed through The Little Friend in three days and thoroughly enjoyed it and its Bildungsroman style. A large ritual I have when I find a random book by an author I don’t recognize and enjoy it is look up their other work, because normally if I enjoy one of their books, I will enjoy the rest of them as well. Therefore, after finishing The Little Friend, I looked up Donna Tartt and her other works, and was surprised to find that The Little Friend was not the book that got all the rage, it was The Secret History, which was published a decade prior to The Little Friend. In true book crazed style, I bought The Secret History the first chance I got last September after my husband and I’s wedding. I had a few books that I wanted to read first, so I did not get around…

A Change
Anxiety , Mental Health / June 11, 2019

I was 14 when I decided I wanted hair like Rapunzel. But there was something Disney didn’t tell me. Rapunzel’s hair was so long and sleek Because she didn’t have anxiety attacks That made her pull it out in clumps. Because depression didn’t leave her unable to get out of bed Brushing her hair wasn’t too hard a task. Rapunzel’s waist was so perfect, so tiny. But what Disney didn’t say Was that if you were that small, There was probably something wrong. Your hair and nails would go brittle from malnourishment… And break off. I know now I can’t be Rapunzel. And Disney is all lies. But I can be fine. I am strong. I am beautiful. But most importantly I’m alive. The past year and a half of my life have been insane. From star student set to graduate early to crippled with anxiety, I’ve put my soul and body through the ringer. But there are improvements. And losing 11 inches of hair was only the start. My hair looking it’s absolute best from far away before: My new look:

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