Planned Parenthood

Confessions of a Nervous Girl: I Went to Planned Parenthood

The world around us has become a scary (and emotionally exhausting) place to be. And your Facebook feed won’t let you forget it. Trump on the daily, Russia stealing elections, Muslim bans, hate crimes, wiretaps, the slow death of public education. At times like these, it’s hard work to not to feel […]

We All Fall Down

If yoga (and life) has taught me anything, it’s this: On the way to achieving anything, you will fall on your face. Probably a couple of times.     It’s a given. It’s just the price of admission. The trick is to A) just get on board with the idea that […]

I Bend So I Don’t Break

While I didn’t realize it at the time, I self-medicated my anxiety with Parliament Lights for about eighteen years. And ever since I quitting smoking five years ago, my anxiety has been off the chain. Then I started practicing yoga. Yoga, as it turns out, really calms my ass down. And because it […]

Confessions of a Nervous Girl: A Year in Review

WINTER I don’t know about you but my 2016 started on a high. I was literally skipping down the street on New Years Day, grinning like an idiot. I was still riding my post-retirement high and was living the dream, going up to NYC for acting classes and networking events for […]

Hey, Remember That Time I Quit Smoking?

Five years and one day ago, I had my last cigarette. Which means exactly five years ago today, I quit smoking. Quite possibly one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. But I did it. Here’s how I did it, what I lost, what I gained, and what I learned […]

Straight Out of Central Casting

Since retiring from corporate job life and concluding that my life will be slightly miserable if I don’t at least try to make some of my dreams a reality, that’s what I’ve been working on. And in case you weren’t sure, chasing your dreams can get expensive. Not only that, but in exactly […]

Living the Dream

One year ago today, I retired. And after making such a big deal about my retirement, I feel like it is only appropriate that I share with you what I’ve been up to in this last year. But before I get into that, let’s revisit that last year before I […]

Surviving the DNC in Philly

It was a rough week here in Philadelphia. Not only was it 90,000 degrees out pretty much every single day this week, there was also that Democratic National Convention heating things up. An additional 50,000+ bodies made for a sweaty, crowded, and angsty week here in the City of Brotherly […]

just keep swimming

Just Keep Swimming

I am a one-woman self-help book club. Which is to say, I hoard self-help books and then take nine hundred years to maybe finish them (both things we can talk about another time). Recently I’ve picked up a book that I first started reading in 2007 and never finished. A […]

Nervous Girl

Confessions of a Nervous Girl: The Wedding

My name is Raina and I am a nervous girl. These are my confessions.   The Wedding My friend Lauren was getting married. We’d met while waiting tables at Meritage. We’d grown close while bonding over our feelings of being college graduates with two jobs and the perils of being […]