The Filament Blog

Living For Living’s Sake Jan 25, 2023

I was living in New York City during the summer of 2019 when I received an unexpected call on the phone from someone who introduced herself as the head of the policy team on Andrew Yang’s...

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What’s The Real Problem Here? Jan 12, 2023

I bought my house in Utah sight unseen in 2021. I had been working with a real estate agent for months and we hadn’t found anything that would work for someone who uses a wheelchair. This was...

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9 Years of Paralysis - Building a New Home Jan 05, 2023

I used to live in the skies.

I spent my days flying through the air, rocketing through the great blue. The thrill of flying is something I miss - the feeling of accelerating into the heavens, pure...

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Do This Before You Make Any New Year’s Resolutions Dec 28, 2022

Last New Year’s Eve, my sister and I found ourselves sitting across from each other in our coziest pajamas, sipping hot mugs of tea while we awaited the arrival of 2022.

We started sharing...

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When At First You Don't Succeed... Dec 20, 2022

The minute I saw the height of the step into the shower, I knew I wouldn’t be able to get in by myself. It was an inch too high for me to be able to pop on my own, so I sat with my forehead...

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Transformation: It Takes A Pinch Of Faith Dec 08, 2022

When I started this blog, I promised you that I would bring my whole self, that I would really show up - presenting not just the neat, insightful parts of me, but the more complex and untidy parts,...

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Your Heroes Are Trying To Tell You Something Nov 30, 2022

I woke up early one Saturday morning to the soft beeping of my Timex watch. I quickly silenced it and stayed still, listening to hear if my little brother had woken up in the bunk below. Hearing...

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I Stopped Doing Personal Development - Here’s Why Nov 17, 2022

For most of my life I’ve been interested in what I used to call “self-improvement” or “personal development.” I believed that people were like Pokémon,...

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Free Up Your Bandwidth Nov 09, 2022

Have you ever been using your phone when suddenly it becomes uncharacteristically sluggish? You check the battery, but you’re still good with 23% so you check to see if you have a software...

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Do I Need to Walk to Be Happy? Oct 25, 2022

There is a giant billboard I pass whenever I travel into Salt Lake City. It features a woman with tight brown bouncy curls and a vibrant white-toothed smile, her arms thrown up in the air. She...

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"That sucks" - but does it? Oct 17, 2022

My mom and I zigzagged up the road through Great Cottonwood Canyon, the air getting cooler as Salt Lake City grew tiny in the distance behind us. The fall colors were peaking and we took turns...

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The Filament Jul 20, 2022

Do you know what I like about blogs? You don’t just scroll past a blog. You have to go looking for it. There is something about that fact that makes writing this feel more intimate than...

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