Author Archives: tbraunstein

We’re All Just Statistics – My Story of Love, Family and Prejudice

My experience with racism is not a story of neglect and systematic abuse. It’s not about how White America is literally or violently holding me back. It is about ignorance. It’s personal, it’s raw and it’s real. And I’m terrified of sharing it.

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Why I’m Starting Over Before I’m 30, Part 2 (I’m Done Wallowing)

Wallowing is the best thing I’ve ever done. It might sound selfish, but that’s only because it is. And it should be.

Finding My Bravery

Finding my bravery is an ongoing, evolving process, which can be difficult, emotional and downright messy. Today, it looks a little like sitting in a coffee shop, interacting with strangers.

Why I’m Starting Over Before I’m 30 (It’s the Responsible Thing to Do)

“Ugh, I hate my job.” — Everyone? At 28, I’m a newbie. Sure, I have a Master’s degree and more than five years’ professional experience under my belt, but for the most part, it’s blatantly obvious I don’t really know what I’m doing. Yet, since graduating into the world of supposedly responsible decision-making, too often […]

That Time I Didn’t Finish the Fitness Challenge (and still felt proud)

It’s shocking, I know. That last post I wrote about starting the Fitness Challenge, well, that’s all it was. A start. I mean, I guess it still had an end… because I kind of just stopped doing it. Maybe I should feel more embarrassed or weak or defeated, but I really don’t. Because here’s the […]

That Time I Started a Fitness Challenge

I’m starting a 30-day fitness challenge. The thing is, I’m great when it comes to generating ideas, but not so much when it comes to their execution.

I Don’t Talk about Race

This is not a post about Ferguson. It’s not a post about ongoing Black oppression in White America. It’s not a post about how racism isn’t dead. I don’t write about that stuff. I don’t even talk about it, really.

Introverts Just Want to Have Fun

From childhood through my early college years, I was shy. Extremely shy. Painfully shy. A lot of people use “shy” and “introverted” interchangeably. I think I’m a prime example of why that doesn’t work. I honestly can’t tell you how I did it, but I finally shed my shyness when I moved halfway across the […]

10 Reggae Songs to Release Your Inner Irie

Musical genres and their respective stigmas tend to define their fans, for better or for worse. I love reggae, and I always have; it’s a huge part of my daily life and it goes deeper than the proverbial good vibes. If you can relate, this post is for you. 10 Reggae Songs to Release Your Inner Irie Could you be […]

Mission Trips 101 – Lessons in Discernment

I’ve recently – in the past week – come to the conclusion that missions are an interesting phenomena. They illuminate how a person or group views themselves, while simultaneously suggesting how said person or group should be judged. For instance, by creating a mission statement, I’m not only saying “here are my values; this is […]

Death of a friend

It’s been one of those days, I guess. You know what I mean, the kind that starts out beautiful and full of promise, only to end in the tragic monotony of everything you’ve ever known. A cascade of drudgery. But in the midst of it all, you crossed my mind. Suddenly and inexplicably. Inescapably. No […]

Writer’s Block and People-Watching

Last night was awesome. I got to sit in a quiet neighborhood restaurant, people-watching passersby and fellow diners, while finally finding some inspiration to write. Then, a drugged-up junkie came bursting into the restaurant, ranting and raving about a missing cell phone. The manager literally had to shove her outside as she threatened him and […]