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Kristie Colón  Writer • Authenticity FTW • ✈️,📚,🥃 • Not having your sh** together is totally in style • Kentucky via SF Let's survive the mess together ⬇️


I call this Dog with Laundry. (Maggie and I both need haircuts, but I don’t believe in running errands when it’s single digits.)

Mild winters, they said. It barely snows, they said. It’ll never get to single digits, they said. 😫 ❄️ 🌨 It’s 7 degrees outside now. Where do I get in line to complain?

Went to Philly for a baptism, funeral, and hospital visit. Because that’s life, isn’t it? Birth, death, and all the in between. Maybe that’s why people like seasons? [I still have yet to be convinced.] I suppose the weather serves as a reminder that life will keep changing on us. Amen. But also UGH.

I’ve also been thinking... Someone asked me yesterday how my dad died. January 28 is the anniversary of his death. “Oh, he committed suicide,” I said, like I usually do, after years of practice.
“Oh, I’m so sorry,” she said.
“It’s okay I replied. It was a long time ago.”
“Yeah, but you never really get over things like that,” she said. “You just bury them.”
But that isn’t exactly true—at least not from my end.
“But. Well....” I replied “What does my therapist say? [Because—ask my friends—I love quoting a good therapist.] She’d say it’s more integrated. His death is more integrated into my life. I don’t have too many issues talking about my dad’s death, although sometimes I don’t bring it up because it’s not convenient or the situation doesn’t call for it. But it’s not because I haven’t dealt with (or continue to deal with it). It’s because his death is more integrated into my life.”

Maybe closure is the Great Myth—but so is Always-Broken. Sure, you don’t just “get over” finding a parent dead with a gun. I mean. Come on. We know better. Anyone who says differently is selling something. But we can work through the worst of it so that their death doesn’t kill us too. And then we keep doing it again, and again, and again. Integrate. Talk. Heal. Live. Wake up. Do it again. And find a good therapist while we’re at it. And then one day, when someone reminds you that you used to bury every single thing you never wanted to deal with you can realize you’ve changed. Slowly, gradually, and then all at once. I guess that’s how we make it to spring.

Forget Google Arts and Culture, I’ll find my own doppelgänger thank you very much. Clutching that Dominos pizza like a nice set of pearls. 😎 Also, totally rocked those same eyebrows in junior high. Love ‘em. And that default face? She’s a badass. 📷: Portrait of a Roman Lady (La Nanna) 1859 by Sir Frederic Leighton #googleartsculture #doppelganger #art

Working on that 2018 reading list.

Since I’ve had her, Maggie has been convinced that you can only open doors by using the actual doorknob. You know, like every human she’s ever seen. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Happy Freezing New Year. 😑

January days are weird and quiet and magical and grey. They are everything and nothing all rolled into one. They’re the days when we look around and say, “Well I guess we get on with it then, right?” And we do—in our own imperfect , irreverent, and mundane way. January is how we keep saying yes to a life that terrifies and excites. It’s how we begin—again. I hope this year is what you need it to be. And when it isn’t (because is it ever really what we expect to need?) I hope the people around you are. 📷: @kelsey.schwenk

Sunshine, words, travel, and the puppy. The only thing missing is whiskey. #best9of2017

Toddlers are kind of the best.

When all it takes is one iPhone to control a room. 💁🏻‍♀️ We can consider it my super power. Also, @kelsey.schwenk is not impressed.

Merry Christmas y’all! 🙌🏽

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