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March 18, 2017

I stare at my reflection with a sinking feeling again. I didn’t do enough. If I could just throw up for a second time, I’d be satisfied. I taste bitter regret at my attempt at skinny. In my despair, I search my bedroom floor for “Seventeen”, the magazine I’ve pledged m...

January 6, 2017

I used to have a really big problem with food. I ate away at my feelings. Meaning whenever I’d feel upset, frustrated, or sad, I’d turn to junk food. I used to abuse food and end up eating much more than I should. I used this method to cope with whatever present turmoi...

December 23, 2016

For the past few years, I’ve always struggled with praying. Whether it’s praying at home, church or with a group of friends, I’ve always felt fearful. This stemmed from my belief that I couldn’t pray as well as my peers or that I wasn’t using enough big words.

I shared...

December 9, 2016

Welcome to The World Of “Dee”

Last summer, I changed my name — not legally but temporarily to accommodate my co-workers. In retrospect, I’m disappointed in myself. I grew weary of defending my name and surrendered to the pressure to conform to put others at ease.

I was s...

December 2, 2016

A few months ago, I carpooled with a friend after work, and the song “Unpretty” by TLC came on. If you’re unfamiliar with the song, TLC discusses a common issue among women: our struggle to embrace and love our God-given beauty. 17 years after the single’s release, I a...

December 1, 2016

My identity as a “journalism student” is abruptly gone and I’m on a mission to regain it. I wasn’t always like this. I can still remember those two years of my life where I would spend hours walking with my camera equipment and notebooks enjoying every moment of creati...

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