Written by Lauren Have you ever experienced a lull in the middle of one of the four seasons? If you are currently residing at the Western hemisphere, it is the heart of winter, and it is easy to fall susceptible to hibernation mode or a tint of seasonal depression, similar to myself. Let’s be … More How to Embrace the Set Mode of the Season
In 2019, I pledge to… Not Judge Myself Or Others Let’s be honest, all of us have fallen victim to this at one point in time. You see a gorgeous, successful, and happy looking person on Instagram and suddenly you feel less important. Or, you’re scrolling through Facebook and you see that person who … More Rules I’m Living By In 2019
Cat-calling. Unfortunately, it’s a part of everyday life for most women in America and I am no different. I went to school this Halloween dressed as a cat, and I looked adorable if I do say so myself. I had on a fuzzy black sweater with black leggings, black platforms, a multicolored scarf and a … More Cat-Calling: An Empowering Experience?
Since the 1990s, Peace Corps Volunteers around the world have been carrying out a little something called Camp GLOW: Girls Leading Our World. This year, me and my fellow volunteers carried out our second annual Camp GLOW for our region of Timor-Leste, and it was fabulous! Each country does it a little differently, but ours … More Camp GLOW: Liquica Style
~Written by Kayla~ I came into the week with the thought of writing about being a vegan traveler or traveling minimalistically, which I will eventually write about, but the past week has contained a whirlwind of emotions and experiences that have led me to the need to write about a more sensitive and unique … More Alone & Healing in a Foreign Country: When Tragedy Spurs Growth.
In the year 2013, in humid, beautiful Cape Town, a persona was born. Feisty-Black-Feminst Céline entered the realm of Twitter, and I have to admit, she was pretty badass With each passing year she led me to smarter, sassier and feistier Twitter/Instagram accounts with infinite jewels of wisdom to impart. However, around 2015 I had … More Farewell to Feisty Twitter-Me
I recently came to the decision to embrace what my naturally-athletic body wants to be: a buff, badass bitch. Why did it take this long, you may ask? Well, as most girls, I’ve been conditioned to make myself as small as possible. Being tall and athletic was this “curse” on me for all of my … More Small fo’ What?
¡Hola, mi gente! I’ve been getting in these moods lately where I feel terrible about myself and where I am in life. I make a mistake and all of a sudden, I think I’m a terrible person/daughter/friend, my goals are shit, and I’m not as together as I think I am. To be fair, … More Lessons in Bad-Assery
In a previous post, I talked briefly about how Timor’s history of colonialism had drastically affected the meaning of beauty in this country. For about 500 years, Timor-Leste has been controlled by others, and this has influenced their language, customs, and perspectives of other peoples. Almost 20 years since independence, you could call the current … More Identity Crisis
We have a saying here in Timor-Leste and it goes like this: “Feto forte, nasaun forte.” It translates to “Strong women, strong nation,” and is a popular phrase blurted out in meetings concerning women and the future of this young country. Many of my fellow Peace Corps Volunteers have heard me talk about my host-mom … More My Dear Host-Mother