Journey of the Adopted Self

Featured Image: Lacie Slezak This birthed body Put upon the library shelf. Fiction or non-           The perpetual, rhetorical question.   They selected me  From the self-help section. Checked me out –            The librarian peering over the rim of rosary-red glasses.   The first few chapters…

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The Numbness I Feel

Featured Image: Sydney Rae The numbness I feel Is my heart, icing over After an avalanche Froze my soul Tiny snowflakes Laying on my lungs Until they collapsed Under the weight Of one thousand disappointments Of heartache, worry, stress   Crushed under the voice Of your fury As uncontrolled as a falling glacier Plummeting into…

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Are You Taking Revenge by Procrastinating Your Bedtime?

Featured Illustration: Shoko Ishida Have you ever heard of revenge bedtime procrastination? You might have or not, but it is a phenomenon I believe many of us will relate to. Have you ever had a rough day, filled with chores and responsibilities — be it work, home, or school? You then end the day exhausted…

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Let’s Talk About Intrusive Thoughts

Featured Illustration: Aasma Qureshi Trigger warning: discussion of intrusive thoughts . . . Sometimes my thoughts scare me. It’s not uncommon that I’ll be doing something mundane and a frightening thought suddenly appears in my mind. Quite often I ruminate on them and they get stuck on an uncontrollable loop so intense that I want…

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Unburdening From Intergenerational Trauma: A First-Gen Journey

Featured Illustration: Hanifa Abdul Hameed First-generation immigrant household. South Asian. Eldest daughter. I am sure that some of you are more than familiar with the life that that entails. Many of us have grown up hearing how our parents’ and grandparents’ generation struggled to create a better life for us having moved halfway across the…

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The Importance of Volunteering

Featured Illustration: Sascha Morawetz Volunteering is the act of an individual or group freely giving their time and labor for community service. For some, it offers the chance to give something back to their community or make a difference in the lives of the people around them. For others, it provides an opportunity to develop…

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Here’s to 2020

Featured Illustration: Mariah Parker As the last few hours of 2020 pass while loud music blasts in the background and all across the streets of Dhaka, I am still trying to wrap my head around this year slowly. Honestly, there’s a lot to unpack here. I stepped into adulthood this year, all while the world…

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2 Books You Should Read to Understand Child Abuse

Featured Illustration: Goncalo Viana We all want child abuse to stop. It is up to all of us in society to make that happen. If you think the same, then you will love the following books that I would recommend reading for anyone interested in understanding and preventing child abuse in order to create a…

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A Year of Gratitude

Featured Illustration: Ann Chen A year ago, soon after I returned from an emotionally exhausting Civil Rights trip to the USA, I had the opportunity to take stock at a women’s retreat that I attended. I realised that there had been many positives hidden among the personal challenges of the previous year. Determined to begin…

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