New Eliza Year Resolutions

I treat my birthday like a New Year, because honestly, it is. I feel the anticipation of going around the sun another time, I stay up till midnight to ring in the new season, and I reflect on my past year and resolve to be even better in the coming year. I’d shoot fireworks if…

Fears

Last year I jumped from an airplane from 12000 feet in the air. I was in a gorgeous town of Taupo, New Zealand. I walked into the facility, paid a bunch of money, suited up, then loaded into the back of a tiny plane, attached to a man I had only met 20 minutes prior…

The Pressure of Being Best

The first time I ever failed something I was walking around a popular mall in San Antonio. It was near the beginning of the school year, and I had done some shopping for books at the local Barnes and Noble. I checked my phone and saw that I had an email in regards to an…

My Connection to the Internet

It’s pretty insane how seamless the internet is woven into our lives now. We can find information about people, book extensive holidays, and complete research papers with ease. We check in, tag, forward, and record so much of our day to day activities and keep them as a time capsule. Our online presence is no…

Working Retail

I’m a bit meticulous when it comes to shopping. I have old habits that die hard. I tend to straighten things, pester people when they pull from the overstock shelf, and make sure the barcodes on the prices actually match the product. I get mad when kids destroy aisles and when people dump piles of…

Poetry

Words, written in crayon by unskilled hands, Tiny but decipherable enough, Are pressed into multicolored paper of a book Belonging to a child of five. “I Like Me” It reads. “I like Grammy. I like Daddy. I like Pink”   In grade school, they extend into lines Woven into coherent pieces and ideas. Rhyme and…

Kerala Floods

It’s consuming my mind these last two days. The beautiful state of Kerala is under water. Something of this scale hasn’t happened in nearly 100 years. The effects are devastating. I visited Kerala last winter. it’s Arjun’s homeland and the home to 34 million residents. 36000 people have been displaced so far, and the death…

Perceptions of Permanence

Today marks the 3rd anniversary of my life in the UAE. I arrived in a crowded airport after 14 hours of a nonstop flight from New York City. I was wearing more clothes than necessary, sweating bullets down my backside, and was stressing about making sure I found the person who was supposed to pick…