Writing to Heal

Writing to Heal

My writing career began at the age of ten as I was sitting in my walk-in closet writing in my journal. My mother had given me my first journal to help me cope with the loss of my grandmother, who had committed suicide the day before. My parents had been at work, and...
The Coping Mechanism of Self-Hatred

The Coping Mechanism of Self-Hatred

If you’ve ever hated yourself, you need to read this. I taught myself to hate myself at ten years old.  I felt sad, I felt rejected, and there was no way in hell I was going to talk about it with anyone.  I needed to make sense of these feelings, and I was determined...
Forgiving Your Flaws

Forgiving Your Flaws

In the fall of my freshman year of high school, I was elected captain of the tennis team. I took on the responsibility with the mindset that I had to be the best on the team, always a step ahead of everyone else. To me, being a leader meant being as close to flawless...