What I'm Doing Now
It's August. New York City is cooling, and I'm spending every possible moment outside with my pup, Casino. She just started riding the subway with me, and the locals seem to think it's pretty great.
I started year two of my MFA in creative nonfiction at Queens College. For fun I'm taking Climate Writing and Science Fiction, two subjects way out of my comfort zone. I racked up four more rejections over the summer and have two essays out on pitch. Learning that it gets easier every time.
This fall I announced that I'm moving on from my position at The Crime Victims Treatment Center. After four years as the Community Programs Coordinator, I can pretty confidently say that I ran the most joy and emoji-filled rape crisis and domestic violence programs in New York City. Personal highlights include: persuading 27 trauma therapists to record a Miley Cyrus lyric video, virtual Moana movie night, and that time I convinced my boss that our very respectable organization needed a keg at holiday party (we did.). I redesigned our entire 40hr training to go virtual (with games! and prizes!) and created and ran CVTC's therapeutic writing group for trauma survivors, work that still makes me heart explode just thinking about. Before I leave, I'll train another 100 volunteer advocates and see our program double in size (from 3 NYC hospitals to 8). Accomplishing all this—and during a pandemic that nearly paralyzed this city—has been one of the greatest privileges of my life.
In January, I'll move back to Texas to be closer to my family. And then, we'll see....
Currently reading Acceptance by Emi Nietfeld.
This "now" page was inspired by my favorite human and former boss, Derek Sivers.
This page was last updated Aug 27, 2022.