I think “hello world” is a good place to begin. So hello! My name is Caronae. I live in New York. I like to bake cupcakes, run ultramarathons, and write. I have a sister and a cat. I do not have a boyfriend. I like Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison and Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso. And I wrote a report about Georgia O’Keefe in second grade, so I kind of like her too. More than anything, I wish I could fly, like an osprey or a hummingbird or a woodpecker. I struggle with depression and anxiety, but I have come to realize there is something beautiful about the struggle. When I write, I am closest to flying. I also go to therapy every week and do yoga a lot. I never learned to love myself, and this had serious consequences leading to a minor (okay, maybe major) meltdown about a year ago. So this blog is about learning to love myself. Learning to treat my mind and my body as though they are sacred. Each day, I move forward in some small way. Maybe I have had a major realization, or maybe I have simply discovered a new flower along my favorite running path. Or maybe it is just good to be alive. Telling stories is a major part of my life, and I am hoping to use this blog to do just that. I am not perfect. I am not always happy or engaging or beautiful. But I have come a long way, and I have begun to love myself.