It was 7 PM on a weekday in the middle of July.
Taksim square was bustling, as it always was.
We were a bunch of hungry, unpaid interns without a care in the world, heading to our favorite Indian restaurant tucked in a hidden road off of the main square.
We sit at our table, order our favorite dishes with naan to share, and start chatting about how our days went.
I’m enjoying my vegetable curry when I see a text that reads:
“Are you coming to the apartment soon? We have a problem. …
You’re not sure what you’re doing. You’re feeling stressed. You feel worried. But there are things you cannot do or control right now.
Sometimes you need to sit with immense discomfort.
Sometimes you’ll have to continue on with your life not knowing when shit will hit the fan.
Sometimes you’ll have to just accept where you are right now, no matter how difficult.
Sometimes the solutions just aren’t available yet. Sometimes things are just how they are for a long, long time.
And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Sitting with your discomfort doesn’t mean that you’ve given up. …
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
― Frank Herbert, Dune
The beginning of this pandemic was terrifying. Do you remember the confusion? The uncertainty? I’m honestly still feeling it all.
We had no idea what this “coronavirus” was exactly, and the fear could be felt across Greece, where I ended up living for over eight months. …
I love a good quote and keep hundreds all over the place!
I have quotes saved on Evernote, Goodreads, and random post-it notes. You just never know when you might need a pick-me-up.
Reading inspiring quotes is a great way to lift your spirits after a long, difficult day and these from Sadhguru are among my favorites.
Who is Sadhguru?
Jaggi Vasudev, known to the world as Sadhguru, is an Indian yogi, author, and spiritual leader. He is loved and respected across the world due to his wise words and honesty about how we should be living our lives.
He is an inspiring, powerful force who I’ve been following and listening to for years. …
The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what’s in between, and they took great pleasure in doing just that.
― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
I was looking at my huge list of story ideas this past weekend, wondering when I’ll manage to write all these stories.
But I caught myself and said, “I’m just in the middle right now.”
Are you in the middle of something?
Whether that’s a writing journey, job, or business, we all have to go through that “middle.”
The phase where everything is uncertain. …
What you give to others bears fruit for yourself. — Senegalese Proverb
I’ve lived in Africa for almost twenty years but have barely explored the continent. The only country, other than Morocco, that I had visited before Senegal last year, was South Africa.
Because of my unfamiliarity with my continent of residence, I was hesitant about going to Senegal.
I went down a rabbit hole reading about the risk of contracting malaria and other diseases, as well as crimes in the capital of Dakar. Quickly, a very dark picture of this beautiful country was being painted in my mind.
In the end, the three weeks (October-November 2019) I spent in this magnificent nation transformed my life and ended up being the highlight of my year. …
“One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can’t utter.” ― James Earl Jones
I have battled with my stutter all my life, and it wasn’t until recently, after going through speech therapy, that I finally learned to accept it.
There are many misconceptions out there about what stuttering is and why some of us struggle to speak fluently.
These are the three things that are usually misunderstood about this condition:
Right now, so many of us aren’t looking after ourselves the way we should. If I’ve learned anything this year, it’s that I need to take care of myself more.
The less I care for myself, the less I get done, the less I progress, and the worse off I am.
I know it’s hard. It’s hard to find time for yourself in the middle of a long work week when you’re already exhausted and just want to lay on the couch for the rest of the night.
Experiencing pleasure isn’t about taking five hours for a spa day. It’s about finding even a moment somewhere in your day to breathe and do something you enjoy. …
Graduating from high school can be super nerve-wracking. In my case, it was even more stressful than graduating from college!
I had been at the same school since elementary and while I struggled a lot throughout my school years with bullying and depression, the idea of leaving the comfort of familiarity scared me.
If I’m honest, looking back, I had no idea what I wanted to study at university. I ended up going into journalism on a whim, thinking I might enjoy it more than medicine, which is the field my parents wanted me to go into.
Unfortunately, after my first year studying journalism, I transferred to another school and switched majors, which came with several complications and struggles. …
“In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.”
― N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
My mother was known for being the most beautiful girl in her small town in northern central Morocco.
It was said that men swooned and couldn’t stop staring when she passed by. They were in awe of her porcelain white skin, her long, flowing black hair, and her hazel eyes.
She looked so beautiful at her wedding that a guest asked if she had a sister as good-looking as her. My aunt found this question so inappropriate that she kicked him out of the wedding right then and there. …