Life

What to Do When the People We Love Don’t Agree With Us

I’m no stranger to disapproval. And it seems like I’m not the only one. Last week, I published an article on Shine.com about how I deal with disapproval from my parents and the response really touched me. Several people reached out and thanked me for writing it because they said they’ve also had to deal with it their whole life and they…

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Life

There Are Always More Reasons to Quit

I often write words that I wish someone else would say to me. And I desperately need someone to say these words to me now. But there is no one, so I will say them to myself and you, in case you need to hear them too: Today I didn’t feel like my best self. I lied on my friend’s…

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Poetry

My Mother’s Hands

My mother’s hands Are papery thin How glorious and beautiful Her veins running through them like the Nile river She tries to hide them Saying they reveal too much Yet the only thing I see Are years of tireless nights in every crack And selfless servitude in every fold The next time I hold them I’ll make sure she knows

North America, Travel

Mount Rainier National Park (Washington State)

The nature of the Pacific Northwest enchants me. With its thick forests, snowy mountains, and shimmering lakes, it’s hard for one not to visit and feel like they are part of something bigger and that’s exactly how I felt when I visited Mount Rainier National Park. About an hour and a half outside of Seattle, my friend and I felt…

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Travel

SEATTLE: I-See-You

In all honesty, I didn’t think I would like Seattle that much. Aside from rain, Tom Hanks, vampires, and how can I forget– Grey’s Anatomy, I didn’t really know what to expect. “If it rains as much as Portland,” I told my friend, “I’m not sure if I’ll like it” because when I was in Portland, I walked around with…

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