#NiaDiaries Vol. 8: My Toxic Relationship With Hip Hop

Recently, I have become more intentional about the content I consume. I only have time and energy for content that makes me feel good. For example, I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts and tons of jazz music. As I consume new content, I’ve been letting go of others. For example, I’ve been listening to less and less hip hop. Hip hop is a music genre I used to love unconditionally,...

#NIADIARIES VOL 6. – “DO NOTHING WITHOUT INTENTION.”

Scrolling through the most popular images on any "self care" hashtag, I'm bombarded with the same eye-rollingly repetitive imagery including: -  Open-ended, fortune cookie-esque inspirational quotes like "You can't pour from an empty cup." or "My imperfections make me beautiful." - Super skinny white girls in front of tropical, beachy, etc. backgrounds looking like they've never felt any pain in...

#niadiaries vol. 3 – blackout day & self-acceptance

It's raining again. I always get into this melodramatic mood whenever I'm stuck in the house during a rainy day. It's like I'm in an Usher music video or something. But, I digress. Things didn't necessarily work out with the whole possible job thing. I was upset about it, but I'm going to keep finessing and do my best to keep my spirits up. Dad says that I should spend this time of unemployment...

#niadiaries vol. 2 – rainy day chronicles

Things are starting to turn. It's interesting how your life starts to change when you truly believe it will, and that you deserve it. I've always heard that insanity is when you do the same action and expect different results. Over the past week I've been slowly altering my actions. Slow change is what I specialize in. It's easier to bring about habit that way for me. A couple job opportunities...

#niadiaries vol.1 – post-grad job hunting blues

I'm frustrated dawg. Like, I'm more than frustrated. I'm confuddled.  Call me naive, but I never expected the journey to making my first post-grad career move to be so ridiculously discouraging. I feel like I'm doing something wrong, but I can't pinpoint what exactly that is. It seems as though there are rarely any jobs that are popping up in my field, at least where I'm at locally. My official...