Hey, Remember that Time I Got Fired?

I got my first job when I was 16. And since then, I’ve had close to 30 different jobs and have been fired only twice. This is about the first time I got fired. I wish I could say I got fired from my first job because it makes a […]

Confessions of a Nervous Girl: I Moved to the Suburbs

It was right after the new year, January 4th to be exact. My eyes sprung open at 6 am after another night of less-than-awesome sleep. Again. And I immediately filled with worry and dread. Again. This morning routine was really starting to get old. Laying in my bed that morning, frustrated and […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Hey, Remember that Time at Camp Stella Maris?

I’m pretty sure being a camp counselor might be one of the best jobs ever. I really can’t think of a better way to spend your summer–getting paid to hang out with your friends while you play outside all day with kids who think you are an actual super hero. My favorite summer as a camp […]

Hey, remember that time I got trapped in an H & M dressing room?

In a land before therapy, I would ease my anxiety with hobbies like smoking Parliament Lights and buying shit I don’t need. After I quit smoking (thank you, thank you very much), my anxiety ramped up and in response, so did my trips to H & M. One Saturday afternoon […]

Confessions of a Nervous Girl

My name is Raina, and I’ve got a wicked case of social anxiety. A lot of people are surprised to hear me say that. Understandable. When I’m comfortable, I’m a good time. I will talk to almost anyone. I joke around. I dance like everybody’s watching. Hell, I’m the Prom […]

Hi, My Name is Raina and I’m Something of a Bad Ass

Friday night, I went with some friends to see the latest Hunger Games film. I’m not really all that into that franchise, but I am into movies about bad-ass women who kick a lot of ass. Speaking of bad-ass women who kick ass, I got into a street fight a […]

Get In the Holiday Spirit, Dammit.

Anyone who comes from a complicated family and/or has been single during the holidays knows how tempting it is to throw a raging month-long pity party (Read: Get drunk and cry, repeat until after New Year’s Day, and then swear that this year is going to be totally different). Or […]