Hi! My name’s Sydney! I’m a mental health advocate, freelance cat petter, and live-in daughter. I’m mostly trying to scrape together some semblance of adulthood after moving back with my parents post-graduation. (I’m saving money for grad school, okay?)

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In May 2016, I graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in psychology and English. I was accepted into the university’s undergraduate creative writing program as one of five fiction writers, which means I have years of experience nursing my own ego. I did some writing too. You can check out my published work here, but be warned that the list is a little sparse — I’m still trying to convince literary journals that I’m as clever as I pretend to be.

I write about my nonfiction life.

So What’s “Antipodal Pull”?

Fair question. I actually wrote a post about it! But here’s the short version.

Antipodes are points on the globe that are directly opposite each other. Opposing ideas are also sometimes called antipodes.

I often find myself drawn to new adventures that seem contradictory to each other. I want to be a “free spirit” who lives out of a camper and wakes up to seaside sunrises. I want to go get my Master’s degree and take a city by storm. I want to build a life that’s worth writing about. I just want to be happy.

Then there are the actual, physical antipodes that I want to explore. (Should I revisit England or New Zealand??) I call that yearning, that gentle tug from faraway corners of the Earth, “antipodal pull.”

Top Posts

Not sure where to start? Here’s a list of my top five most-viewed posts:

  1. It’s My Blogiversary!
  2. Getting to Know Me
  3. Decorating My Work Desk: An Unexpected Package for the Blues
  4. I Have (Almost) Nothing to Show for This Month and I Couldn’t be More Proud!
  5. Homecoming


Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo Sydney