I Am Me

It all started because I was afraid. It all started because I didn’t believe in myself. I didn’t think I can do it. I didn’t think that it was possible. I moved to New York City in June 2013. I…

My Journey as a Daughter of Refugees

“Stop acting like an American!” A demand I often heard from my mother during my adolescent and teenage years. She would normally say this to me after a request I made to join the tennis team or if she saw…

Take yourself seriously 

A friend of mine recently told me how certain events in her life made her realize she should take herself seriously. The minute she said it, I was hit with an aha moment. Allow me to explain… For someone who…

Add better habits to your life

For the past two years, I was heavily depressed. I told a close friend how the past year was a professional high but personal low. Each night, I laid in bed thinking of all the things I hated about myself…

Letting Go of Unhealthy Friendships

A couple of months ago, I wrote about how important it was for us to spend our time wisely. Time is a highly valuable resource that should only be given and shared diligently. With that being said, we should be hyperconscious and…

Why do I write?

Have you ever wonder to yourself: why you do the things you do? Take my blog for example. Why do I have a blog? Why do I write about topics such personal and professional development, relationships, traveling, and a few inspirational…

The Person You’ve Become

On the journey towards greatness, it’s a given that we focus on the end goal. We think about what it would be like on top and how euphoria and victorious it would be. We fantasize about how things would be different…

If I didn’t love myself

If I didn’t love myself, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t be able to push myself to try new things. I would learn that being comfortable is what’s most important and that self-growth doesn’t matter. I would…

New Chapters

Starting over isn’t easy. It is never as glamorous as the movies make it out to be. You don’t just drive away from all of your problems and find yourself overnight. Sure, things will eventually work themselves out but it never…

Happy birthday! An Open Letter to My Younger Self

Dear 22 year old Melissa, HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRL! Last night was rough, I know! Your best friend really got you good! She feed you drink after drink but at least you know, she would always take good care of you. It’s…

Vulnerability

In the simplest way, being vulnerable means opening yourself up. It means opening up to someone and giving them the ability to hurt you, whether it’s physically or emotionally. Sounds like it could be pretty dangerous right? So why do…

We need to talk

It amazes me sometimes how much we’re able to “connect” to each other yet, somehow, we can’t find ways to communicate to one another. We can Facebook message, tweet each other, reply back and forth and yet the conversation rarely goes much…

The moment I realized I wanted to change the world

I remember the exact moment I decided I wanted to impact the world. I remember it very vividly actually for it was a defining moment in my young adolescence. It was late at night at my aunt’s house. I remember…

Disconnected

Like most twentysomethings, I am constantly on my phone and scrolling through my social media. Of course, I have the Holy Trinity: Facebook, to stay updated with old friends, maintain professional connections, and share articles that I find can be useful…

I will miss this

Like most young adults, I am both anxious and excited about the day I move out of my parent’s house. After having to move back to my dad’s following graduation, I’ve been fantasizing about what it would be like to be on my own.…

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