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It’s OK to Feel

The original title of this post was "It's OK to be Sad." However, after a brief text conversation with a friend, it felt more adequate to leave the emotion open-ended. We are all born with the ability to feel. The verb definition of feel is to experience. For the intents…
freedom, Veronica N. Cuyugan, 2016

2016: My Declaration of Freedom

Fresh starts, love, and growth all evoke freedom; it's only fitting that I open up to everything that word encompasses as my theme for 2016. I'm ready for more big changes and blissing out even when I'm in the midst of chaos. Last year, I began the practice of declaring…
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Ignorance is NOT Bliss

When I first realized that the word bliss resonated with me in a way that no other word affected me, the statement I most often read that term used within was "Ignorance is bliss." by Thomas Gray. As I dove deeper into this word that stuck a chord with my soul,…
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This is 30

Turning 30 years old has been something I've been looking forward to since the beginning of my 20's. Many cling to the notion that age is nothing than a number, but for some reason, this birthday feels profoundly different. I've heard many dread this year (especially the childless and unmarried),…
grief, bliss, love, ache, become your own bliss, Veronica N. Cuyugan

5 Things Grief-Stricken People Don’t Want to Hear

When ...someone tells you they have cancer. ...someone loses someone they love. ...someone experiences a pain that is unfathomable and beyond your realm of understanding and experience, DO NOT say "Everything happens for a reason." If they're too polite to say it out loud, I'm fairly certain they're mentally screaming…
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My Greatest Insecurity

When I was 25, I left college. I had taken my sweet time working on my associate's degree at Valencia College, where I learned so much about myself and the world around me. Growing within the world of academia was an indulgence because I loved to learn. The process of learning…
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What my Close Call with Death Reminded me About Life

I had a close call recently, and it was the strangest thing. My compact sedan was seconds away from being t-boned by a moving truck, and I knew that had the driver struck my car, I would have ceased to exist. The strange part is that when I felt moments…
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7 Beautiful Things That Happened When I Quit my Job

It’s so deeply ingrained within the collective consciousness. Graduate from high school, then graduate from college with desired career in mind. That path will lead to success and hopefully a family will follow soon after. All this will guarantee fulfillment and happiness. For most of my life, I bought into…
Veronica N. Cuyugan

The Bliss in Knowing

"In order for the seeds to be planted, the surface must first be disrupted." For most of my young, adult life, I've grappled with what it means to be a "good woman." I've somehow inherited the notion - the lie - which states that my fundamental goodness was based upon…