Days Like These are Difficult

Credit: @ IG refugeingrief This is my first Father's Day without my dad here. It has been almost 5 months since his passing. There are days where the grief is unbearable. Today is one of them. I visited his grave today. As soon as I walked up to it I began to cry. I wanted … Continue reading Days Like These are Difficult

Lost Expectations

I expected 2022 to be better. I had great expectations for this year. I planned to write every single day. I wanted to use less plastic and commit myself to being fully minimalist, eating healthier, exercising and doing all that is good for the environment. Instead, my father passed away unexpectedly on January 31, 2022. … Continue reading Lost Expectations

Feeling It All

Secretly, I enjoyed the slowness of life during the quarantine in 2020. I didn’t feel rushed or over-scheduled. However, since life has resumed since July 2021, I feel like a chicken with its head cut off. Although, if I am honest, I don’t want life to go back to the way it was, I want … Continue reading Feeling It All

Society vs. Reality

I turned 45 years old last week.  I am well into mid-life.  Every year, I try to get a sense if I am on the right path.  I realize now that the "right path," especially regarding finances, has been society's expectations, not my reality. Upon researching where a 45-year-old should be regarding their finances, I … Continue reading Society vs. Reality

In Due Time

We witness generations before we accomplish many things. They got married and started families when they were in their 20s, purchased a home, had a secure full-time job with a pension and benefits. They retire wealthy, travel, and spoil their grandchildren. Nowadays, that is rarely the case. Everything costs more. Career switches happen more frequently, … Continue reading In Due Time

Let Today Be What it Needs to Be

Art and text by Morgan Harper Nichols I went to the store to look for Mother's Day cards for my mom and mother in law. I said out loud, "where are the cards that just say, 'Happy Mother's Day! Hope you have a great day!'?" There really aren't any. I am glad that many can … Continue reading Let Today Be What it Needs to Be

Progress Over Achievements

Hustle over here, hustle over there, get a side hustle. Hustle. Hustle.  When will it ever be enough?  Covid forced our lives to come to a screeching halt.  Many of us didn’t want to do anything but snack and take naps.  As places begin to open up and many go back to work, the hustle … Continue reading Progress Over Achievements

There Is Still A Long Road Ahead

Tweet by Frederick Joseph @FredTJoseph Today, Derek Chauvin, the police officer who murdered George Floyd in May 2020, was found guilty of all three counts against him. As I watched the court officer put handcuffs around Chauvin's wrists and take him to jail, I realized there is still a long road ahead. But I am … Continue reading There Is Still A Long Road Ahead

Support AAPI Lives

From annie_wu_22 on Instagram I am processing my anger, grief, and fear from Tuesday evening's shooting deaths of 8 people, 6 of whom were Asian and AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) women, in Atlanta, Georgia.  The way the police handle the press conference stirred up my emotions even more. I'm already nervous going outside due … Continue reading Support AAPI Lives