How I rediscovered my love for skiing when I stopped tracking vertical feet

Author standing in line for the chairlift in 2017, Photo by Peter Wright

I first fell in love with skiing in high school.

While I had the privilege of learning how to ski years before that, I didn’t begin to find true enjoyment in the sport until I was a little older, and a lot more coordinated.

Attending college in Colorado allowed me the opportunity to explore world-class ski resorts with my friends. Each day I spent on the mountain, I noticed a slight improvement in my technique and confidence. I especially loved riding with friends who were better than me. Without even trying, they challenged me to improve.

More than that, it…

The night my absentminded fidgeting turned disastrous

Author on the day of her engagement (ring on the correct finger), Photo by Dylan Lipke

The middle finger on my left hand was turning an abnormally red color.

Pinched by my engagement ring and lodged into my skin about a quarter inch below the knuckle, it was becoming more swollen by the minute.

I had been sitting on the couch, playing with my engagement ring absent-mindedly as I often did, slipping the ring off my ring finger and on my middle finger, off my finger and on my pointer finger, and so on. The only difference was this time, I hadn’t pulled the ring off my middle finger quickly enough.

The ring was stuck. And…

It’s time they made good on their statement about valuing mental health over money

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“They removed the number of like counts!” my fiancé, Dylan, exclaimed.

It was Tuesday, March 2, 2021. We were relaxing on the couch together watching TV when he logged onto Instagram and realized the total number of likes that he had received on his posts were no longer public.

I was shocked. I remember back in 2019 when Instagram had floated the idea of removing public like counts in the U.S., but nothing had come of it.

Excitedly, I opened the app, eager to see what this new world of Instagram without like counts might look like. But, my like…

The paradigm shift I experienced watching the New York Times documentary

“VIP Blog Sociale — 9 July 2008 — Britney Spears mosaic portrait by Tsevis” by SOCIALisBETTER is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Growing up in the ’90s, Britney Spears was a part of my childhood. She was as much a part of the 2000s as crimped hair and low-waisted jeans that exposed the lower slice of your belly.

During a time when boy bands reigned supreme, Britney was cool. She was cooler than cool. She was an icon. A superstar.

I remember when everywhere you went, you couldn’t help but hear…

“Oops, I did it again… I played with your heart, got lost in the game.”

Naturally, I had to watch the new documentary by the New York Times, “Framing Britney Spears”

You don’t pick your niche, it picks you.

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As a new writer on Medium, I wanted to succeed. I wanted to see the views of my stories continue to tick upwards and I wanted to earn more through Medium’s Partner Program. So I worked on improving my writing and set out to learn everything I could from other writers on Medium. But I started to focus so much on what other writers were doing and how they had achieved success, that I started to lose myself in the process.

A couple of months ago, I wrote “Finding My Footing as a New Writer on Medium.” In that article…

#2 Identify Intersections between Your Skills, Your Passions and the Marketplace

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I recently took a three-week online class on writing with Don Sturgill through the Central Oregon Community College. Don worked as a salaried copywriter for three years before leaving to become a full-time freelancer. He has been a successful freelance writer for almost eight years now. Outlined below are some of the jewels of knowledge Don shared with us about launching our own writing careers.

1. Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy

We all possess skills and talents that are uniquely ours. Yet, it is human nature to assume that other’s experiences are similar to our own, so we start to assume that these talents and skills…

My Unbiased Opinion of the Calm App

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Last June, while muddling through the early months of the pandemic, I learned that the Calm app was offering a free annual subscription with my health insurance. I downloaded it immediately. Since then, I have meditated nearly every day.

It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that it’s changed my life.

It is hard to believe that something as simple as sitting and seemingly doing absolutely nothing can have so many benefits. By taking just ten minutes a day, it’s possible to achieve greater self-awareness, less stress and a longer attention span.

Initially, I only meditated before bed to help…

Photo by Author: Emma and I Kayaking off of Bainbridge Island

Setting up the Shot, Playing with Light and Experimenting with Limited Edition Frames

After three years of experimenting with Polaroid film and numerous mishaps, I have compiled my best tips for capturing magic on Polaroid film. With the cost of Polaroid film between $2.00 and $3.00 per photo, each picture is precious. Below are my tips on how to avoid my mistakes (like the photo above) and to capture exactly what you, the photographer, want.

Lighting is Everything

You can capture amazing Polaroid photos both indoors and outdoors, but regardless of where you are shooting, ensure that your subject is well-lit, yet not overexposed. …

How I Found Myself Rushing to the Animal ER in the Midst of the Pandemic

Photo by Author: Garfunkel

It was a Tuesday in June, three months after the pandemic had uprooted our lives, and I had just wrapped up a day of working from home out of our apartment. My boyfriend, Dylan had left to play music with his brother, Connor for the first time in a long time. Around 4:20 p.m., he knocked on the sliding door that opened out onto the deck of our first-floor apartment, so that I could let him in, as we often did, to avoid having to go through two doors.

Garfunkel, our 10-year-old black Labrador greeted him at the door, ecstatic…

Janay Wright

Writer. Yogi. Adventurer. Traveler during non-pandemic times. Sharing my human experience with words. IG: janay_wright_writes

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