A DIFFERENT KIND OF SUMMER

Today was my first official day of summer. Normally, summer is an exciting time for all the opportunities it brings with it. However, this year, summer feels a bit different. I am excited about summer but not necessarily because I get to spend all my time with friends or go out every day. I amContinue reading “A DIFFERENT KIND OF SUMMER”

THE MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP YOU HAVE

My relationships are one of the most important aspects of my life. Each relationship I have is different, bringing a new perspective and sense of joy into my life. At the same time though, relationships can take a lot of work. There are always disagreements and sources of tension which leave a pit of despairContinue reading “THE MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP YOU HAVE”

EAT TO LIVE, LIVE TO EAT

Food and eating have always been central factors in my life. From any age I can remember, the same couple of images remain cemented in my head: my mom standing over the stove stirring a pot of something comforting and warm, the sight of my family around a dinner table tasting a plethora of appetizers:Continue reading “EAT TO LIVE, LIVE TO EAT”

THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY

As we enter into the month of November, I anticipate that the goals of each of my readers will include finding greater gratitude in the pleasures of daily life. One thing I often notice teenagers taking for granted is the importance of family and the values that it has instilled in them. Oftentimes, teenagers haveContinue reading “THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY”

WAITING: AN ODE TO INDIA

I am a world traveler and each place I go to gives me a wealth of experiences that is unique and enriching. But, something about India is totally different than anywhere else. I guess it is because here, I am completely immersed in mundane life, and there’s something beautiful in that. Unlike other areas, itContinue reading “WAITING: AN ODE TO INDIA”

HOW OTHERS PERCEIVE YOU

The other day, I was sitting with one of my good friends and they asked me “Do you ever think about how others perceive you?” Since then, I have been pondering that question and wondering how others perceive me, especially with the way I portray myself online. When I started putting my thoughts and opinionsContinue reading “HOW OTHERS PERCEIVE YOU”

COPING WITH COVID-19

On March 11, 2020 the disease that had been disregarded by many, COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease 2019) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Two days later, on March 13, 2020 a national emergency was declared in the United States concerning the COVID-19 Outbreak. I remember this day clearly….I was at a localContinue reading “COPING WITH COVID-19”

MENTAL ILLNESS IN TEENS

Recently, with the COVID-19 Pandemic affecting the lives of a great number of people, more individuals are making the choice to stay home for the safety of themselves and their families. For teens, this means more time on social media, less time outside, less time with friends. It also means that those with various mentalContinue reading “MENTAL ILLNESS IN TEENS”