Readings upon readings are now piling up ever more as the second semester of University starts. Still, there’s always time to get lost and take a break before going back to reality. Instead of writing about everything I read over the internet, instead piling them into a list will be much generous. Have fun and learn!
About four hours before the movie, I’m having my usual late breakfast convinced I will head home after my one hour class. An hour later, I am stranded in the school library listening to the aggressive drops of rain onto the roof of the library forcing me to wait til it mellows down a little. I have planned on not attending – I was already formulating an excuse as to why I couldn’t show up. But as the clock gradually move forward and the weather making me want to stay in the city a little longer, I find myself booking a seat at the movie showing of Half of a Yellow Sun as a fundraising event for the Africa Fashion Festival this year presented by ADJOAA Inc. Continue reading →
I still could not forget the moment I watched my face get drenched in tears while curled into a ball trying to hold my heart as it gets chewed up one tiny bite after another. That year, I experienced my farthest most painful fall from where I was on top of the world. I’m glad to say that depression was far behind me now. Unfortunately, I found myself walking aimlessly through life. Looking without seeing. Breathing but not feeling. I almost welcomed depression back just to feel something rather than feel nothing at all. A few weeks ago, I was watching romantic comedies to ease the boredom of waiting for the next semester to arrive and was surprised that time had passed by rapidly. I felt sorry for myself when reality struck me once again: I’ve got nothing to offer myself besides watch unrealistic love stories.
Who am I when I’m not a girlfriend? I asked myself. Who am I when I’m not the punchline to my brother’s jokes? When I’m not a student? When I’m not a daughter, or a sister or a friend? Who am I really? What is there for me to offer myself? Because of all of these questions, I sank back into loathing my life. I began to think I was nothing and I had nothing, yet again. And because of it, I was so close to breaking up with my boyfriend blaming him for breaking my heart a few years back. It also caused me to hide from my friends and dreading hanging out with them. In truth, I was denying the reality that I was afraid of my own responsibilities to myself. Even after I promised myself that I will start loving myself last month. But a few weeks back, I was determined and motivated to change how I see myself and that brought me to welcoming Radical Self Love into my life one day at a time. Continue reading →
One of the many writers I go to for self-help is Gala Darling, blogger, writer and speaker and promoter of the Radical Self Love. My journey to self love is not possible without her vibrant pink skirt. I’ve been in and out of her blog almost daily, and I’ve subscribed to two of her course: Radical Self Love Bible and the Dare/Dream/Do. However, one amazing challenge from Gala Darling herself has helped me get in touch with my inner self through photographs. #Radicalselflovejuly is an Instagram challenge she was inspired to create after she encouraged a friend to keep instagramming. Continue reading →
Lately, I’ve been feeding my brain with loads of reading while school is out. The last few weeks since I finished my last exam, the Alice in Wonderland books have accompanied me through boredom and kept me sane. The two books - Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – are as enchanting as the movies, plus more. Now I’m onto another Cecelia Ahern book on the list, which I’m really excited about. But what I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on and reading (though I don’t know when) is Kitty Cavalier’s Sacred Seduction. Continue reading →
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