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THE FREE BEAUTY THERAPY

In a world where a tap of your phone can make you feel inferior coupled with the pressures of your life as women, it is little wonder that beauty and mental health are closely interlinked. The impact of pregnancy/raising children, work pressures, romantic relationship and the relationships with your friends and family can all impact our mental wellbeing from time to time. The relationship between mental wellbeing and the constant bombardment of so called “beauty” fascinates me and worries me at the same time. I was fortunate enough to have some women share with me how their mental wellbeing affects their view of beauty and how to overcome this fragile relationship. “I work in mental health, I really shouldn’t be experiencing mental illness, should I?” Beauty for some is i...

WITH MUCH LOVE, YOUR RACIST FATHER

“Study hard, only use your credit card for emergencies, and don’t bring home a Black, Korean, & especially not a Chinese boyfriend” – Dad For the most part college is a time for self-exploration and academic experiences. But let’s be real, it’s a passing reason to be physically separated from your overbearing, but well intentioned parents. More common among 1st generation Asians, especially in my household, is intra-Asian racism. From my father’s parting remarks before I left college (stated above) to the constant reminders that “Chinese people are evil for attacking Japan” and how consuming too much kimchi will somehow “make you just as stinky and manipulative as the Koreans” became all too frequent. Aside from these debasing household events, I wasn’t exposed to many stereotype...

GIRLS WEEKEND GETAWAY TO CLEVELAND

About two months ago, three of my closest friends from college shocked me and showed up on my doorstep for a girls weekend! I was pleasantly surprised and while I obviously didn’t have an opportunity to plan much, we had a great time exploring my lovely hometown of Cleveland, OH. If you’re interested in planning a girls weekend getaway, I would highly suggest that you consider CLE as your location. Take a look at my below suggestions and start planning your girls weekend getaway to Cleveland! Getting There: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is located only 12 miles away from downtown Cleveland and offers over 150 daily nonstop departures. If you’re on a budget, there are quite a few low-cost airlines that fly in and out of the LAND like Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines. If you’r...

ONE WORLD CUP JOURNEY

Our World Cup journey began with a “hey, we should” – how most things start with us. Once those words come out of our mouths, the gears in the brain start working and somehow the plan begins to form. I was not a big soccer (futbol) fan at the start, in fact, I had never watched a match from start to finish, much less live in a stadium. We were living in Chicago and there happened to be the final of the Gold Cup taking place and Soldier and I, on a whim, we went. The United States beat Panama and it was so exciting, not bad for my first experience. See, we needed to know I enjoyed it if we were going to travel and experience all that the Cup offers. We researched the lottery for the tickets and what we needed to do to get to Brazil. We had an idea, but nothing would even make sense if...

WORKING WITH IMPOSTER SYNDROME WHILE TRYING TO BE A FEARLESS FEMALE

“I think I can…” “No, wait, I can’t…” This is me. Every day of my life, just trying to figure out my place in the workforce and whether or not I am doing a great job in the work I produce. I am currently trying to get my own small business underway, having been a freelancer for five years and having worked with different clients in many different niches within the marketing, social media, and public relations realm. I want to officially be legitimate, but in reality, I should feel legitimate whether I am a freelancer or have an LLC next to my brand name. The reality of it is, even after I become an LLC, get a website revamp, get some more clients, I probably still will not feel good enough. As women in the workforce, we have to toot our own horns a...

MANIPULATIVE RELATIONSHIPS AND LOSING YOUR VOICE: COMING FROM AN ARTIST

This is an issue I have been dealing with for a couple years now. I have talked to a few people about ‘it’ more recently and it appears either people have experienced it firsthand or do not understand it much at all. I thought it could be very beneficial to myself and others to share in a women’s safe place, since I have felt very alone and confused about it for so long. I have always been somewhat shy with people I don’t know, but I could usually manage to comfortably hold a conversation. A couple years ago, I was in the last year of my high school career. I had just switched schools the previous year and was finally losing the 20 pounds and acne I gained from the anxiety of starting a new school. High school was hard for everyone, but at this point I was the most insecure, vulnerable and...

QUIET ROAR

Stepping out of the shadows No more lurking behind the scenes Time for her to take center stage Shine the spotlight please All eyes on she She who is me Time for the flower to bloom Rise to your feet as the Queen enters the room Shining like the brightest star You can’t block her rays Move out of her way Close your mouth and open your ears She has something to say Meekness often mistaken for weakness, Hear this lioness roar! Author: Tanika Feaster Email: tdfeaster@write4u.net Author Bio: Tanika Feaster is a freelance writer/blogger specializing in the health/wellness and spirituality niches.

WHAT I WISH I KNEW AT 22

In case you forgot about this fact, here is your reminder: Your twenties will be the most confusing time in your life—at least for many of us. We’re constantly being bombarded with messages that tell us what we should be doing, or what we should be working towards. “Busyness” follows us around like a stray dog, begging to be fed and paid attention to. Through all of this, it’s easy to lose sight of what is really important to each of us individually. What do you love to do in your spare time? Are you a writer at heart? Are you musically inclined? Does cooking rid your mind of stress? What about yoga? We can’t forget yoga. At 22, I moved from my hometown of Cleveland to Denver for my first big-girl job out of college. I was excited, I was confused, and I was scared. I was excited to start m...

HOW TO BE AN AFRICAN

The last time you felt African was when he mentioned it to you. When your thick dark hair was tied with an Ankara material into a bow at the front, the same material that clung to your little feet and traced the ends of your tote bag, on the body of the bag, scribbled in slanted fonts, was ‘black is not perfect but is intricately beautiful.’ Your slender, sleek figure fit into a knee-length flared gown, with pockets at its sides that hid your long, pale hands; long, slender fingers—just like you; and naked fingernails. You walked like you’ve seen adults walk and have gotten accustomed to, long before your body turned into what it is; its curves and edges. You plastered your signature smile on your face and said, in your creamy voice “hello, good morning” to everyone on the street, the clea...

UNCHARTED FLASHES

There’s something about change that triggers negativity to rise. Perhaps the things we hide, reject, deny and dismiss to the side are the treasures that push us to make a real transformation. What we don’t allow ourselves to feel, eventually comes back to manifest itself in some other shape or color. Sometimes the anger we have held inside of us for many years starts to reflect the relationship we establish with our body. Perhaps the resentment towards one our parents starts to become more evident within our relationships, or maybe an emotional trauma in our early years has made a hole so deep within us that we have learned to cover it up with unfulfilling relationships. There are many things we hide or avoid because we are afraid of unleashing emotions we consider “bad, negative, un...

PHOTOSYNTHESIS

We raise our daughters Be strong, be bold, be beautiful We brush their hair Garden girls with meadow heads Perfect wives, loving mothers Not forces to be reckoned with We raise our daughters but encourage their heads to grow towards the ground I refuse to fall I refuse to be weighted, anchored by the image you set out for me Like clothes on a bed Before I could even fit into them We raise our daughters but only to fit As if love had a certain shape A mold or it would break Conditional and cracking As a little girl I played in the garden My hair fell out of messy plaits I felt pretty amongst the flowers My sister and I We became garden girls with meadow heads Important and beautiful And as we grew higher our hair grew lower We gained shackles that grew to our sacrum That wisped in the wind,...

NOTES TO MY 80-YEAR-OLD SELF

Over the past few months my brother and I (and our spouses) have been dealing with the issue of getting our mother to move out of her too-big, too-costly house into an apartment in a senior village. At 86, she’s wobbly on her feet and has a tendency to repeat things, but otherwise her mind is sharp. So sharp, in fact, that things got downright nasty at times before she was able to accept our suggestions and agree to the move. That being said, and after the dust settled, it occurred to me that now would be a good time for my 57 year old self to remind my 86 year old self (if I am lucky enough to live that long) of the do’s and don’ts of dealing with adult children. First, be nice to your kids, and not just because they’ll pick your nursing home. While I can never imagine myself saying hurtf...

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