What is this feeling, so sudden and new?

I KNOW that is not the first time I started a blog post with that title. For years, I wanted to see Wicked and when I finally had a chance, I was like, "Meh." That is so classic Rafia. What is NOT classic Rafia? Drinking green tea. Willingly. I'm a chai girl. Have been since… Continue reading What is this feeling, so sudden and new?

Anxiety and insomnia never were a good mix.

One of the things I have learned in organizing public programs is that you have to be willing to let go of your reasons for starting the project. When I discovered there was some push back against one of my core reasons for starting this particular project, I was reminded of the lesson I learned… Continue reading Anxiety and insomnia never were a good mix.

The gift of insomnia

There has been one good thing that has come out of my insomnia this past week: being given the chance to really plume through the thoughts whirling around in my head. While the common response would be to check one's phone and endlessly scroll through one's social media feed, I no longer reach for my… Continue reading The gift of insomnia