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 […]

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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 […]

The Queen of Distraction

In recent years, it may or may not have been suggested by a mental health professional that I have ADD (it totally was). I know what you’re thinking: But Raina, you’re about as hyper as a sloth on Vicodin. Very true. Don’t confuse my condition with ADHD. I have the […]

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 […]

How to Talk to Boys

How to Talk to Boys Step 1: Don’t talk to them. Just don’t do it. Talk to them? Please, if there’s one thing I know for sure, it is this: I have no game. I realized a long time ago that I am terrible at flirting. Mainly because my version […]