Bravery: Putting Yourself First

It seems easy enough to proclaim that you’re the kind of person who never seeks validation from others or allows them to influence your lifestyle and decisions, but can any one of us vouch for that with absolute sincerity? We are all susceptible to social pressure, whether we’re consciously aware of it or not; and…

Breaking Free From the Chains That Bind Us

“‘What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well…” (The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) In a self-absorbed world quickly succumbing to addiction and obsession, oppression and aversion — it is easy to lose sight of the things that truly matter. Merely living for the sake of living,…

She Is Everything.

She is a woman of God and stature, weaving through the cobblestone streets with her brightly colored scarf prominent amongst the crowd. Grace and humility cling to her like a luxurious fragrance, turning heads in silent awe. Her eyes are a mystery, fierce and determined. She is a rose among thorns, a beauty to behold. She…

Shipwrecked.

I had lain awake countless nights wondering why my heart felt numb. Why the four walls of my room suffocated me; why I could not bear to look at myself in the mirror too long without my stomach clenching and my throat tightening — pain that was impossible to swallow, pain I could not hide….

Expiration Date.

EXPIRATION DATE February. She lies wide awake, listening to the steady beat of the alarm clock, willing herself to concentrate on the sound long enough for it to drown out the other noise The explosions in her head The earthquakes that threaten to split her apart tick tock tick tock tick tock April. I am…