Who am I, and what is Human Stuff?

Welcome to Human Stuff - my little creative sphere away from the scrolling, algorithm, and frenzy often found in online spaces.

Photo taken by my Sister Wendy Garrett in Tucson, 2019. It captures my essence.

I'm Lisa Olivera — a writer, author of Already Enough, creative, therapist, mother, adoptee, wife, sister... but mostly, I'm a human on this path alongside you. Prior to starting this Substack, I shared daily on my Instagram account for years and, well, social media just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore. That’s what brings me here.

I love to write more than I love most things. My writing is dedicated to the human experience — to human stuff. Most of my work centers around creating a more compassionate relationship with ourselves and embracing our full humanity. It centers mindfulness, curiosity, creativity, questions, nature, intuition, acceptance, identity, true self-care, connection, mystery & the unknown, self-trust, presence, willingness, tuning inward, self-compassion, self-expression, and aliveness. Really, though, it centers what it means to be alive, in all its messiness and complexity, difficulty and beauty.

Here, you will find find essays, musings, lists, links, poetry, advice, resources, guidance, questions, reminders, and other forms of creative expression aimed at bringing us closer to ourselves and each other. Each Sunday (and maybe other days on occasion), you’ll receive a (free) Sunday Letter in your inbox.

Why would I pay for writing, you might ask?

I am a firm believer in paying creators when we receive from them, whenever possible (and I know it isn’t always possible!). For paid subscribers, your monthly contribution to my work supports me in creating sustainability, reciprocity, and capacity to continue sharing my writing in accessible ways. It helps push against the idea that “content”, writing, and the emotional labor/time/energy behind it should always be free. Paid subscribers also support me in offering no-cost subscriptions to those who need it. Bonus: you’ll get access to a monthly journaling guide and occasional audio recordings— from me to you. And, if being a paid subscriber just isn’t for you, you’ll still get my Sunday Letters each week.

My hope is that you will find this offering nourishing, supportive, inspiring, informative, grounding, meditative, thoughtful, connected, hopeful, and deeply human. I hope it inspires you to take some time for yourself, scroll a little bit less, and reflect. I so look forward to showing up here and sharing with you in more intimate, meaningful ways.

You can find my website here and my Instagram here.

Take good care,


$0/Mo: Weekly Sunday Essay

$6/Mo or $65/year: Journaling guide, occasional audio recordings, other surprises, and my gratitude for you supporting my work.

$100/year: Founding Member — everything above, plus deep gratitude for your belief in and support of my work, as well as creating space for me to give free subscriptions to those who need it.

Each month, a portion of the proceeds of my Substack will be donated to an organization of choice.

*Disclaimer: Human Stuff is not therapy or a mental health service, nor is it a substitute for mental health services of any kind. I am not showing up in this space as a therapist — I am showing up here as a writer and fellow human. If you are looking for individualized support or therapy, please consult with your local mental health resources.

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Lisa Olivera 
Lisa Olivera is a writer, author of Already Enough, creator of the Human Stuff newsletter, therapist, mother, human. She is mostly here to explore and express the human experience, to write honestly, and to (hopefully) be a mirror. lisaolivera.com