Category: Empower Me

The Journey Back to Myself.

    By Ilda Dashi I don’t need you ex-lover, ex-friend, potential lover, potential friend. Who I need most in my life is myself. I have lost many pieces of who I really am while searching for a lover or partner to console me and make my life more beautiful. I have searched a long time for a friend who can fully understand me, for a lover who can love me completely, for my family to tolerate my moods. I have searched a long time in the forests of my imagination and the hills of reality. I have walked around and around in...

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A Semicolon Instead of a Full Stop.

  By Sonia Shrestha   Recently, I came across the semicolon tattoo trend that was started by Project Semicolon. The project describes itself as a “faith-based non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self injury.” The semicolon trend was described on the project’s website: “a semicolon is used when an author could have chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.” The description looked perfect to me; this was something I could absolutely relate to. I firmly believe...

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I’m a Sexual Abuse Survivor & I Continue to Grow. {Trigger Warning}

  By Nick Berry I am a 36 year old male that has been overly, sickly, manically, consumed by sexual thoughts, fantasies, and actions since I was five years old. At an early age, I began to immortalize and idolize my father who was, as he puts it, an alcoholic and drug addict. My mother verified this fact and also classified him as a womanizer.  I saw him leave our lovely home and move in with a much younger, cuter, and bustier woman than my mother. At the age of five I found absolutely nothing wrong with any of this...

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Stress Happens, but You Can Choose How to Respond.

  By Ruth Lera   Nobody is perfect. We all know that, but still we don’t like it. I didn’t like being terribly imperfect during those years when I worked in a challenging job as a Family Support Worker for Social Services and came home stressed and exhausted to my family each and everyday fists raised, mouth yelling. It was a demanding position connecting me to struggling families and burnt out social workers. My days involved disagreements with co-workers and horror stories of child abuse. And when I would come home to my family at the end of the day...

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Thoughts on the #Don’tJudgeChallenge from a Beautiful Misfit.

  By Sonia Shrestha It can be difficult being a teen these days. Society sets too many rules and standards which we—I say ‘we’ because like many out there I myself am yet to leave my teenage years—so these standards hold as much relevance to me as it does to any other person of this age group. Beauty standards are one of the most rigid set of unwritten rules laid down upon us, with each one of us expected to follow the norms or else we will be termed as a misfit. Acne, freckles, smeared lipstick, etc are ‘ugly.’...

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