Not My Fault You Can’t Say It Right

Srivastava = Shree-vas-ta-va Respect. That’s all any of us want. Sure there is love, companionship, dogs and chocolate. But, respect is different from those things. It allows one to walk down the street without getting sexually harassed, threatened, and/or killed. Respect gives one confidence, joy, and happiness. Actually, fuck that. I think we all want […]

Ally

I will not stand in the way of justice. I will not be another obstacle or hurdle. I will not begin to say, “I know exactly what you’re going through,” or “this is true in all communities.” I will not compare our racisms. I will not diminish your experiences because they make me uncomfortable. I […]

A Huge Leap of Faith

Nothing falls into place, you have to work constantly. In mid-April I found out that I would be moving to Alamosa, Colorado. And, I was expected to start working in June. (Oh boy.) I felt overwhelmed with joy then consumed with anxiety. My sister said being an adult is basically “taking huge leaps of faith […]

It’s Okay, I Am Not Okay Too

Mental Health Awareness. Hi, my dear readers. I wanted to take a moment to say that’s it’s okay to: not be okay, to be okay, not be fine, and to be fine. You’re not alone when tiny things trigger intense emotional reactions. And, these reactions feel like an emotional overload where stress, anxiety, fear and […]

People Aren’t Viruses

Guest Contributor: Jessica “Lylan” Nguyen. I am not Chinese – and neither is COVID-19.  I am a proud Vietnamese American woman. Proud to be Vietnamese.  Proud to be American. #wearenotavirus Hello Everyone! My name is Lylan, or Jessica, or The-Most-Awesome-Person-In-The-World. Please address me by any of those names. I would like thank Nikki for asking me […]

Overcoming Obstacles

Due to a phenomenal glitch in the Colorado Supreme Court’s beta system, I found out a few weeks earlier than scheduled that I passed the UBE Bar Exam. Where to begin? No, seriously. I don’t know where to start. I guess I should thank everyone for the love and support, but…let’s be honest…this was all […]

The Everyday Superhero

Sangeeta woke up early on Sunday. Her bed felt empty, which meant her husband and dogs were already up. Her husband greeted her with a cup of hot tea and a morning kiss. Sangeeta went outside to soak up the sun and breathe some fresh air. It was hard for her to believe that yesterday […]

Addressing My Privilege During Corona

Matching my words with my actions.   Storytime! It was maybe the fourth day of my quarantine, and Governor Mike DeWine has not yet declared the Stay At Home order in Ohio. Restaurants and businesses now provided delivery and curbside service. Although you cannot dine-in or shop around inside, you can still go out and […]

Wait, why is that funny?

I believe I have a personality that belongs on network television. As you all should know by now, I am my favorite person. I simply adore myself. Not in like a narcissistic, can’t-see-my-faults way. But, more like a damn-I-am-proud-of-myself way. As Demi Lovato sings, “what’s wrong with being confident,” I too find myself asking this […]

Self-Care: More Than a Catchy Instagram Hashtag

As Lizzo sings in Good as Hell: Woo child, tired of the bullshitGo on dust your shoulders off, keep it movingYes Lord, tryna get some new shitIn there, swimwear, going to the pool shitCome now, come dry your eyesYou know you a star, you can touch the skyI know that it’s hard but you have […]