Tag Archives: happiness

One Month Post-Top Surgery

One month later!

I had top surgery exactly one month ago, and I’m feeling great! Continue reading

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Post-Top Surgery: I Feel Fabulous

The vest is off, and I feel fabulous!

It’s been three weeks since top surgery, and I’ve finally been allowed to take the post-surgical vest off. I am so glad that it’s finally gone. Also, I love the way my clothes look! I am beyond excited about, well, everything regarding being done with top surgery. I am so pleased with how it looks — with how I look now.

Weekend In My Favorite City

This weekend was my second trip back to Chicago since I moved away in April, and it’s been fantastic. I am exhausted; I needed to cancel my credit card this morning because a stranger has it; and I have to wake up at 4 AM tomorrow morning (and later work until at least 10 PM) — but it has been a phenomenal weekend.  Continue reading

People Make Me Feel Safe

I was at a self-defense training tonight, and one of the things the instructor focused on was managing our flight-or-fight responses. I realized that one of the things that I do — that I’ve always done — to center myself, to calm my nerves, to make myself less tense is to think about particular people. There have always been certain friends that have made me feel safe and happy, and for well over a decade, I’ve used the thought of them to cheer myself up or make myself less scared. Beyond that, if I’m with a group of people (family, friends, camp, organizations), I will often subconsciously choose someone to represent safety to me — as long as I know where that person is, I feel that things will all be okay. It’s mostly irrational, but it’s something I just realized that I do. Continue reading

5 Things That Make Me Happy — Focusing on the Positive, Not the Negative

There’s a whole lot of negativity going on right now — CeCe being assaulted and then charged with murder, all of the stuff going down in Boystown right now, and millions of other situations to which I don’t have a direct connection and emotional investment. It all makes it hard to feel positive about society. And so, instead of blogging myself even deeper into a “the world is awful” mentality, I decided that I’m going to focus on positive things. Continue reading

Got My First Shot Of T!

After months of phone calls, appointments, fighting with the insurance company, and stressful waiting, I finally gave myself my first shot of T today (testosterone, for those who don’t know)! I was worried I’d somehow screw it up or be incapable of actually injecting myself, so I went to the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition‘s shot clinic. It all went well, and I even managed to do it myself! Continue reading

Theatre For Life: Coming Home Again

When my senior year ended, I thought I’d never again have a chance to sing on my high school stage. Theatre was the center of my life in high school, and leaving was one of the hardest adjustments I’ve made. And then I was given a chance to sing on that stage again, with other fellow theatre alums — my theatre family — and it was magic, just like it always was. Continue reading