By Carla Bruce

Carla is a teacher, writer, and serial to-do list creator. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and imaginary dog. You can follow her on Twitter @carlawaslike.

  1. It was April of 2009, and immediately upon our arrival in Marrakesh, I was accosted from all directions with the joyous cry: "La soeur d'Obama!"

    Obama’s sister was a much better reception than I'd been expecting, based on my mother's advice to me when I told her Pedro and I would be taking this trip: Don't tell anyone you're American. Say you're from Jamaica.

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  2. Carla Bruce's previous work for The Toast can be found here.

    Like many English majors during their college years, I scoffed with disdain when met with the all-too familiar, well-meaning query: Do you plan to teach?

    And like many English majors post-graduation, I ended up becoming a teacher.

    My feelings about my profession toss and turn as wildly as the tiny human in my uterus. How

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  3. [Dramatis Personae

    Friend #1 Friend #2 Friend #3 Friend #4 (Friends to Boyfriend) Boyfriend Girlfriend

    Scene: Generic NYC Restaurant/Apartment/Bar]

    Social Anxiety In Three Acts

    [ A C T   1

    Scene 1. Brooklyn. An apartment.]

    Enter Girlfriend and Boyfriend.

    BOYFRIEND: You about ready? Friend #3 is meeting us at the bus stop. (CHECKS PHONE.)

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  4. As far back as I can remember, I’ve had a complicated relationship with self-confidence. When I was very young, people in church lobbies and in long grocery store lines would often smile and jokingly ask whether I was wearing eye makeup, and compliment my thick eyelashes and eyebrows. I said thank you because that was what I had been told to say, but I didn’t care much one way or the other. The most important…

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