The Vessel

Vanessa Labi
The Vessel is a bi-weekly dispatch of personal writing about introspective pleasures and bummers from a thirty-something still trying to figure it out. Also: links to cool things to fill you up.
Created 07 Nov 2020
  • When Pivoting Takes Patience
    28 Nov 2021 • 5 min read
    In this issue: A little life update // thoughts on pivoting One year of The Vessel! Feedback? Or nah. Whatever works. New schedule: second Sundays (starting 2022) 10 Things to Fill You Up We’re on the...
  • Cluster
    31 Oct 2021 • 9 min read
    Hey there. In the spirit of Halloween, I’m sharing an essay/story about the scariest thing of all: losing your mind! This piece is unique in that I worked with an artist, my friend Kelley O’Leary, on ...
  • The Friendship Series: Part 3
    22 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 4 7
    Photo by: Nicolette Skidmore. Yet another shot from a past friend trip to Palm Springs which, again, has nothing to do with today’s friendship essay. I’m in the middle! :) Heyyy, happy first day of fa...
  • The Friendship Series: Part 2
    15 Aug 2021 • 9 min read • 2 5
    Photo by: Nicolette Skidmore. Once again, the image has nothing to do with this week’s essay, but I just love these images from a past friend trip to Joshua Tree and Palm Springs. I’m second from the ...
  • The Friendship Series: Part I
    01 Aug 2021 • 9 min read • 3 10
    Photo is one of my favorites taken by my friend, Nicolette Skidmore, on a friend trip we took to Joshua Tree a few years ago. I’m second from the left! In this issue*: An essay that kicks off The Frie...
  • I'm Back, Babyyy
    13 Jun 2021 • 7 min read • 5 1
    In this issue: Where I’ve been (spoiler alert: nowhere, unless you consider the depression equivalent of the valley of the shadow of death a metaphysical place?) Newsletter rebranding and forthcoming ...
  • A New Leaf, Or Something
    11 Apr 2021 • 6 min read • 2 2
    Heyy, hope you’re loving this spring weather. I certainly am. But that didn’t stop me from writing another dark essay. Ahhh sorry! I hope I lighten the fuck up soon. 🖤 Essay: A New Leaf, Or Something...
  • Boundary Setting and Releasing
    22 Mar 2021 • 7 min read • 4 1
    Hello. A brief table of contents this week: Intro Essay: Boundary Setting and Releasing 10 Things to Fill You Up I hope you all are enjoying your Sunday. Thanks so much to those who DMed me to say the...
  • Podcast: Do I Seem Weird to You?
    07 Mar 2021 • 1 min read • 2 6
    Heyy there, Some folks have suggested I offer an audio reading of my newsletter. Not a lot, but enough for me to feel flattered into trying it. :) And being someone who enjoys streaming certain longre...
  • #6: Do I Seem Weird to You?
    21 Feb 2021 • 8 min read • 2 3
    A couple of years ago, I moved to Palo Alto to start a life with my then-partner who was embarking on a residency at Stanford Medical. Without a job or any friends in the area, I had only my partner a...
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