Ariana Grande and the “Stay” Narrative

Ariana Grande performs at Aretha Franklin’s funeral on August 31, 2018 | Getty Images Ariana Grande and the “Stay” Narrative by Alicia J. Love For the longest time, I believed that staying with someone at their worst was the “right” thing to do. I was a better person if I could “forgive” someone’s behavior and … [Read more…]

Boundaries and “Forgiveness”

I was today years old when I learned that it’s okay to set boundaries with others in my life. My question is, why wasn’t I taught this before? Allowing Toxic Behaviors My life has consisted mainly of toxic people. And suffering at the hands of these people has been hard. I’ve cried tears and I’ve … [Read more…]

Love on Hold

So, it is now official: the Lovely tour has been postponed. Due to a combination of factors out of my control, I am going to be benched for the summer months. In the meantime, though, I think this will be the perfect opportunity to write Reunited. It has been scratching at the back of my … [Read more…]

Work & Wonder at the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon was an experience like no other. As I approached the rim, moving through the trees slowly, unable to breathe due to my altitude sickness, I felt the anticipation growing in my gut. I saw the railing, and moved faster as the canyon opened up before me. I stood, leaning against the railing, … [Read more…]

Book Bars & Music in Phoenix, AZ

My stay in Phoenix was incredibly fun and interesting. It was two weeks in beautiful weather. I had to purchase new clothes because after my trip down the Oregon coast all I had was sweaters. While in Phoenix, I discovered the two Changing Hands bookstores, which were the coolest places I had ever been. I … [Read more…]