• Liza Kolbasov

    outside the calendar squares

    finding meaning in little moments

    March 18, 2021
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    Ever since I got to college, I’ve been making myself coffee every morning. Aside from the fact that I’m not a morning person and I need the caffeine to force my brain to take in the content of my 8:30 a.m. lecture, I’ve grown attached to the daily 10-minute ritual. There’s something grounding to it: […]

    3000 miles from my heart

    on missing hometown comforts

    February 5, 2021
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    At dusk, the sky in Palo Alto turns pinkish-purple, a sort of hushed shade that makes the world feel softer. At home, this is my favorite time of day: the quiet, distinctive glow in the moments between harsh daytime sun and darkness enveloping the streets like a warm blanket. It’s been four weeks since the […]

    hey, what are you thinking about?

    learning to talk to myself

    October 22, 2020
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    For someone who calls herself an introvert, I really hate being alone with my thoughts. And really, I don’t blame myself; I am the most exhausting person I know. If I let myself, I quickly slip into patterns of overthinking. My infuriating internal monologue insists on narrating and judging my every action. So I spent […]