DSCF5703-4I hate beginnings and endings and transitions in general. I get stuck. I’m a recovering perfectionist and transitions are my kryptonite because they’re when the overthinking happens.  I either jump into the middle or I don’t jump in at all.  The formalities make me uncomfortable – what do I say? What does Emily Post think I should say? How long do we say those things? Are we done now? Can we get to the real stuff? I get antsy and people think I have to go to the bathroom because I’m squirming but really I’m just ready to START.  Can we START ALREADY?!DSCF5776Yes. Let’s start. I’m Michelle: a designer, photographer, goofball, and gummy bear enthusiast living in the NYC area. My research, interests, and volunteer work are centered around inequality – primarily early childhood education and increasing access for kids and families to a variety of resources.  I love working with kids.  And I love teaching – especially math. To girls. Bonus if math makes up their worst nightmares.  I love sequins. And I love playing in the dirt. I love hearing the stories that people have to tell and am eager to understand how you see the world. Comments are encouraged and highly valued! As such, I allow them to be anonymous and not requiring of any registration.DSCF5784-2My goals for this blog are for it to be honest and representative of me: my battle with type 1 narcolepsy with cataplexy, my love of (tall) style, my cat lady-ness, my various pursuits of self-expression, my endless quest for self-love, and my passion for equal access to social and economic resources for all people.DSCF5802-2Thank you for being here!DSCF5708-2Thank you to my brilliant best friend, fellow photographer, and whyandwhale founder, Christa Holmes, for these photos!