I Don’t Need Easy

Lisbeth Essays, Mindset

“I don’t need easy. I just need possible.” I have a shirt that says that on the back: a tank given to me by my friend Stacy, who left us …

Shut Out the Noise

Lisbeth Barbell, Essays, Mindset

They wouldn’t stop talking. Two young women chatting on the weightlifting platform next to me. Someone was sad. Someone had broken up. Someone had issues with her co-workers. It wasn’t …

What Is Your Obligation?

Lisbeth Life, Mindset

Obligation. This word itches at my ears lately. What is my obligation to society in all these shared public media spaces we now inhabit? And what is my obligation to …

Box. Smash.

Lisbeth Essays, Life, Mindset

Oh sweet Jesus, I’m tired of the boxes they try to put me in. And the boxes I try to put me in. Athlete Intellectual Mother Veteran Woman Writer Boxboxboxboxboxfuckingbox. …

You Have Choices

Lisbeth Essays, Mindset

We go to Costco in the hour before closing. The tasting stands are gone. The crowds have thinned. The cashiers look tired. It’s perfect. In and out. I don’t even …

Don’t Die on the Shore

Lisbeth Essays, Mindset

“The only real question is not one of winning or losing, but of experiencing life with an ever-increasing depth. The storyteller says, ‘Why not go down, at home or at …