“Happiness is a journey, not a destination.” It’s one of those sayings that’s so frequently repeated that I lose track of it easily. It’s simple, solid advice, but more often than not I let it slide through me without comprehension. For whatever reason though, on this ordinary Tuesday, something about that phrase stuck. It started […]Read more "Tiny Wins"
This summer, I’ve revisited the middle school years more intimately than I ever thought I would. As a camp counselor for girls ages 9-13, I re-entered a time I once knew very well. My new job brought day after day of deja vu; long rides on a stifling school bus, endless bracelet making, intense games of […]Read more "Girls start body shaming earlier than you’d think. Yoga can change that."
How many snap judgements have you made today? This week? How many times have you been able to write a person off based off of a story or two you’ve heard about them? “She’s obnoxious.” “He’s a jerk.” “What an idiot.” Just like that, an entire person, reduced to just a word. Two or three […]Read more "Learning to Reject the Single Story"
The plane trembled below me, jolting my stomach into awareness of the fact that I was thousands of feet above the Earth. Breathing deeply and gripping my armrest, I felt the familiar and unwelcome sensation of motion sickness take hold. Enviously, I glanced at the other passengers around me, unaffected and even bored by the descent as […]Read more "Touching Down in Managua"
Using interviews from three of my family members: my mother, my aunt, and my cousin, I will explore the complicated relationship between an abused woman, her abuser, and their five children, as well as theorize the silence regarding the abuse. I will examine how much South Asian and Islamic culture justifies gender-based violence, the damaging […]Read more "The Rahman Family Silence"
Thank you for collecting handfuls of sea glass and eating dark chocolate on the beach. For making long drives home from school feel like a party instead of a chore. For making my cheeks hurt from laughing too hard. For dancing like no one was watching.Read more "I Don’t Have a Soul Mate"
I bet if you weighed the world a week ago and weighed it again today, it’d be heavier. Much heavier. It’s heavy with the fierce hatred and natural disasters that destroyed lives in a flash, without warning or reason. It’s heavier still from the paralyzing grief that has taken hold of the mourners left behind. […]Read more "In the Wake of Tragedy, Give Presence"