The Tragic Creative

I am a tragic creative. No, not distressed or sorrowful. I mean tragic in the way that mid-2000's teens insult you. I am sure you are too; trying to balance creative endeavors, taking care of your physical and mental health, and probably working a full-time job you don't love. I know I am supposed to [...]

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So, I Guess We’re Really Friends

Previously, I have written about the woes of friendships; the trials of building relationships with people who zap your energy and questioning if I truly have friends. I realize this has not been fair to the people who have consistently been in my corner. Today, I acknowledge you! Assuming I would have started to make [...]

Have You Ever Been Depressed?

"Have you ever been depressed?" 32,000 feet in the air, my mom turned to me, clear-eyed and interested, and asked me this question. I thought to myself she doesn't know? Well, of course, she doesn't. I don't exactly broadcast my mental health the way I should. Staring out the plane window, I took a deep [...]

A Collection of Cultures: An Interview with Tiara // Guest Post — Sophia Ismaa

We aren’t voiceless, pass the mic. I don’t know how other POC bloggers feel, but I’ve always felt that there is a shortage of stories and perspectives from people of colour… our stories are many, interesting and unique. So, towards the end of last year, I decided that I would begin sharing the stories of […] [...]

I Am Still Here

And no, this is not a reference to that Joaquin Phoenix movie that's always popping up on Netflix. But seriously, hi friends! It has been an uncomfortably long time since I have been engaged in the blogosphere. I'm not too thrilled about that, especially because I know I have been missing out on a lot [...]

The Vortex

Sometimes I found myself in, what I like to call, the vortex. It's a whirlpool of feelings and emotions that sucks me in and makes it hard to escape. Even when everything seems okay, one small thing can trigger it. In the vortex, its melancholy membrane filters out joy, motivation, and creativity and floods the [...]

Dream dinner party

It has been quite a while since I read Fox's Dream Dinner Party and they encouraged me to join in the fun. It's good to know we have some of the same people, who can resist a good laugh during dinner? 😊🍽 1. Lin-Manuel Miranda Yes, I love Hamilton. Yes, I love In the Heights. [...]

AwkAnxAvg 7: A Toast to the New Year

Knock, knock Is it still Monday? I was hoping to sleep until Wednesday. My room only lit by the screen saver of my laptop or the occasional update of my phone. Why I am awake? I set the agenda perfectly; I have both a comforter and a soft throw blanket. "What are you still doing [...]

Poem: Forget Me In the Headlines

You forgot my name already, Reduced me to my complexion. My skin, Mahogany, Caramel, Umber, Means I don't have a story. My body, Riddled with bullets, Beaten, Raped, Stolen, Cold, Lies within the earth. My spirit, Trapped. Justice, Non-existent. I had a purpose. I have a name. You don't use my name. To you, My [...]

The Things I Didn’t Say

I spend a lot of time sleeping because it's better than looking into your face or looking at myself and seeing disappointment. I feel confused and alone. You never listen to me. I understand what you're going through, more than you know. Those times where I hurt myself weren't all accidents. I feel like a [...]