If you knew that the end was near, how would you like to live your final hours? If you had the chance to avoid the circumstances that lead up to your hardest fall, what would you change in hopes of avoiding the consequences? How would you like to be remembered?
As I reflect on the past year, I can’t shake the feeling that I’ve lived a lifetime in only 12 months. I stand in front of the mirror, 5’2 in height, brown skin, and the same chipped front tooth that has been there since December of 2020. My hair is short, yet again, for what feels like the 100th time. But I don’t feel the same.
The “lifetime” I lived within the last year, has shifted something drastically in my psyche. I can see it in the way I walk, the way my smile extends a little wider, or in the ease of my speech. Even if I still carry all of the idiosyncrasies that make me, me, or if I’m still navigating through entanglements I once created, I don’t recognize this version of myself.
Is this the beginning of the end?
Continue reading “Regreso”
If I am being honest, it’s been pretty hard for me lately. The theme of loss has been surrounding me for the past two months and at times the feeling suffocates me. Yet, through it all, I’ve found a safe space. I’ve found peace in areas of my life where I once feared. I’m learning to be more open about my experiences with people I trust and allowing my vulnerability to show. Tomorrow is not promised to us, so let’s lay it out all on the table. Let’s live honestly. Here is Vol. 3:
Continue reading ““Todo Llegara a Su Tiempo” Vol. 3 (Poetry Series)”
I sat on my dinner table and read over what seemed like a year’s worth of journal entries. Underlined, a quote from one of my favorite authors read, Continue reading “Owning Your Truth”
This summer I took the initiative of seeking and visiting a new therapist. Not only has this experience helped me navigate through the trauma I’ve had the difficulty of letting go, but it’s also forced me to understand my perspective on relationships, sexuality, feminity, and race. As I’ve taken some time to just live life, I also revisited old drafts of poems and recreated these pieces.
The past, present, and future are constantly in dialogue. They meet when I take the time to reflect. They force me to extract inspiration from my surroundings and appreciate life for what it is and less for what it “should” be.
I encourage you to do the same. Allow yourself to be vulnerable, unravel yourself and enjoy your process of reconstruction. Thank you to my beautiful friends Amy, Lydia, Natalie, and Vanessa and all the beautiful women who have inspired me throughout this process. This one is for you. Continue reading ““Todo Llegara a Su Tiempo” Vol. 2 (poetry series)”
I come from a league of brave women. The women in my life have taught me the value of compassion and faith while teaching me the importance of using my voice and defending my self-worth. Today is a very special day as my alliance and I honor the birth of one of our leaders, my … Continue reading To My Superwoman, Happy Birthday
Every so often we come across an artist who inspires us to reimagine what the future looks like. Their thought-provoking work becomes the trendsetting staple of the moment, shifting the way we speak, dress and overall behave. Kami Haus is nothing like this. In fact, creator Tai Cole-Jay isn’t moved by the idea of creating … Continue reading Breaking the Wave: The Revolution of Streetwear-Philosophy
I have lived through some of the darkest hours of my life these past six months. While I struggled understanding why I had so much resentment towards the people I claimed to hold nearest to my heart and feeling extremely self-deprecating, I turned to the only thing I knew best to do and created this series.
I dedicate this to my mother and all the young women who are and have struggled with self-identity, loss, abuse, and forgiveness.
But it should also be said, it is an inevitable truth in Buddhist beliefs that suffrage exists and it is universally experienced. This series is a reflection of a lifelong lesson that I believe we all connect with, allowing us to be more humane towards one another. Let us continue thriving, reminding ourselves that soon our time will come, for, in the darkest hours, there is a sunrise offering us an opportunity to start over again.
Continue reading ““Todo Llegara a Su Tiempo” Vol. 1 (poetry series)”