Being A Public Defender, Not A Princess

Twas the eve before Princess Nikita started her job. She didn’t lay in her canopy bed that resided at the castle. Instead, she laid in a different one with her mind drifting to anxious thoughts. These thoughts kept her up at night like those monsters under her bed when she was five years old. Princess […]

A Huge Leap of Faith

Nothing falls into place, you have to work constantly. In mid-April I found out that I would be moving to Alamosa, Colorado. And, I was expected to start working in June. (Oh boy.) I felt overwhelmed with joy then consumed with anxiety. My sister said being an adult is basically “taking huge leaps of faith […]

It’s Okay, I Am Not Okay Too

Mental Health Awareness. Hi, my dear readers. I wanted to take a moment to say that’s it’s okay to: not be okay, to be okay, not be fine, and to be fine. You’re not alone when tiny things trigger intense emotional reactions. And, these reactions feel like an emotional overload where stress, anxiety, fear and […]

I’m Always Exhausted

Fighting the good fight is exhausting. Being on the right side of justice isn’t enough to achieve justice. I have to work twice as hard then fight those who disagree with my definition of justice. It probably doesn’t help that I’m a minority woman fighting this fight. When I was 9 years old, my mother […]

Overcoming Obstacles

Due to a phenomenal glitch in the Colorado Supreme Court’s beta system, I found out a few weeks earlier than scheduled that I passed the UBE Bar Exam. Where to begin? No, seriously. I don’t know where to start. I guess I should thank everyone for the love and support, but…let’s be honest…this was all […]

Surviving Self-Isolation During Corona

Y’all, I am trying. As part of our civic duty, our leaders have asked us to stay at home. If we practice social distancing, we can prevent the spread of coronavirus. Yes, this a great way to save lives. But, our mental health will be taking a huge toll. I am a huge advocate for […]

The Everyday Superhero

Sangeeta woke up early on Sunday. Her bed felt empty, which meant her husband and dogs were already up. Her husband greeted her with a cup of hot tea and a morning kiss. Sangeeta went outside to soak up the sun and breathe some fresh air. It was hard for her to believe that yesterday […]

Addressing My Privilege During Corona

Matching my words with my actions.   Storytime! It was maybe the fourth day of my quarantine, and Governor Mike DeWine has not yet declared the Stay At Home order in Ohio. Restaurants and businesses now provided delivery and curbside service. Although you cannot dine-in or shop around inside, you can still go out and […]

Wait, why is that funny?

I believe I have a personality that belongs on network television. As you all should know by now, I am my favorite person. I simply adore myself. Not in like a narcissistic, can’t-see-my-faults way. But, more like a damn-I-am-proud-of-myself way. As Demi Lovato sings, “what’s wrong with being confident,” I too find myself asking this […]

Self-Care: More Than a Catchy Instagram Hashtag

As Lizzo sings in Good as Hell: Woo child, tired of the bullshitGo on dust your shoulders off, keep it movingYes Lord, tryna get some new shitIn there, swimwear, going to the pool shitCome now, come dry your eyesYou know you a star, you can touch the skyI know that it’s hard but you have […]