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The Girl With The Tree Tattoo

How to move on from disappointing results

I entered the Writers Challenge in August. There were four categories — Space, Death, Reentry and Work. I wrote articles for the first two.

The winners were just announced. I did not win any prize or receive any honorable mention. I didn’t expect to, honestly. There were about 10,000 entries…

A few weeks ago, I attended a personal development workshop, during which we did an exercise that involved listing things you believed to be true about yourself. This wasn’t meant to be a self-roast or pity party; the goal was to identify positive things. …

Mixed in with the scent of flowers nearly bloomed out
and apples half-eaten by deer
is a hint of decay.
Mother Nature’s version of pumpkin spice, it signals what’s to come.

Autumn prepares herself in the shadows as Summer,
in her old age,
loses the strength to warm them. …

Hello from a dripping wet, soggy Maine! The rain arrived Friday night and has kept us drenched since then. Good thing I got the lawns mowed earlier this week. #ThingsISayNow

The rain has made for a cozy, relaxing weekend, except when the dogs need to go out. Even then, it’s…

I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow ballroom dancer for the first time in person this past week. She is one of several Maine dancers who proved me wrong when I thought I was moving to a place where I didn’t know anyone. …

I recently purchased a 120-year old house and while I adore her location and character, she needs a lot of TLC. I’ve spent the last month sending emails and leaving voicemails for every trade in the book: locksmith, electrician, plumber, carpenter, chimney mason, roofer, general contractor, etc. Everyone, at least…

“Fuck, that’s a big one!” I exclaim as a black shape whizzes past my face. I drop my half-eaten Oreo into my glass of oak milk and run out of the living room. Merlin continues playing on my abandoned laptop.

I look back for signs of the intruder. I catch…

Yet I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.

Just outside my kitchen window is a raised garden bed overflowing with flowers and other plants I can’t name. Bumblebees bounce from purple to orange to yellow, sharing their sweets with iridescent green hummingbirds that pose for pictures. …

This Changes Everything is a 2018 documentary about gender disparity and discrimination in Hollywood. Not to be confused by a 2015 documentary of the same name about climate change. I came across it on Netflix last night and watched it this morning while drinking my first and second cups of…

I recently announced that I was embarking on my next big adventure, starting with a move from Southern California to Maine. Some relevant details related to said move: I’m single, and I’ve lived alone with my two dogs for the last four years. I had bought my own living room…

The Girl With The Tree Tattoo

Tattooed ballroom dancer and writer keeping it real about dance, mindset, Life, and the occasional film. Home base at thegirlwiththetreetattoo.com.

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