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I’m sure many of us feel like our days are blurring together. In fact, I’ll be the first to raise my hand. But that's why I wanted to seek small joys out of my days during self-isolation. As a music junkie, I figured what better way to surround myself with good vibes than to create a new playlist filled with uplifting songs? So...I scoured Spotify for music that'll make me feel like I'm trapped in an indie movie rather than in my bedroom. The playlist is lowkey *chef's kiss*:
Every year, seniors dread completing university supplementary applications and for good reasons — the questions are tedious to answer and they make you doubt your achievements. I know I hated writing them when I first started. It was exhausting writing them in a span of four months and pulling an all-nighter during my Christmas vacation. But weirdly enough, writing my university applications rekindled my passion for writing and allowed me to get my creative juices flowing. It also forced me to learn more about myself and confront my flaws. Over time, I viewed the process as an escape from my school assignments and a method to reflect on myself.
Sometimes it takes losing someone to appreciate their value. That’s how I realized this 12-year-old girl who I was close with during my childhood has led me to becoming the strong woman I am today. While I’m no longer in contact with this person, I thought this would be a good opportunity to celebrate her persistence and grace in the form of a gratitude letter. Feel free to visualize it being read at an award ceremony for women’s empowerment. Now, I proudly debut a wholesome story about womanhood that will hopefully enlighten you during this difficult time. Enjoy!
What do Warren Buffett, Eleanor Roosevelt and Gandhi all have in common? Apart from their immensely influential legacies, they identify themselves with the frequently misinterpreted characteristic — introversion. In fact, the term introvert is so misunderstood that it is occasionally synonymous with words such as narcissist, egotist and other demeaning names. Yet, contrary to popular belief, introversion and shyness are not interchangeable. Introverts prefer being on their own, whereas those who are shy may not particularly crave isolation, but instead are intimidated by social interaction. Similarly, introversion and misanthropy are significantly unalike — while introverts enjoy being lone wolves, they are not contemptuous against humankind. Many introverts build deep connections with individuals personally or in small groups.
When I first addressed this issue to my parents, they teased me and claimed that I was overthinking. But can such a serious topic be considered excessively? As a child of divorce and emotional abuse, I would have to disagree.