NIA’S WRITING HISTORY: Why I Want to Write a Novel

Before I became a journalist, copywriter, and an overall badass wordsmith, I wrote fiction. Like many other writers born into the internet age, I jumped into the crazy world of writing by writing fanfiction. I’ve written countless stories involving my favorite celebrities and inside the worlds of my favorite television shows. Sadly, most of the sites I used to write on are currently defunct. I...

How Meditation Helped Me Handle COVID-19 Stress

Many times throughout the COVID-19 pandemic I have turned into a tangled, matted ball of stress. Some of the many events that I’ve dealt with in the past month include a loss of income, sick family members/friends, social isolation, and acne breakouts that just won’t quit. To combat seemingly never-ending stress, I’ve been practicing meditation. How I Got Put On To Meditation From scrolling...

#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...

BLUEFACE, THOTIANA, AND HOW MEMES ALTER REALITY

I've never wanted to be that wrinkly, bitter ass old lady shaking her fist at the youngins for making too much noise. But, listening to Blueface for the first time made me feel like being that old ass lady is in my near future. It started off with a tweet that I saw on my timeline. @bluefacebleedem’s “Thotiana” is the number one song in the country ♿️♿️♿️...

The Most Important Thing I Learned in my 22nd Year

As you might not have known, I recently turned 23 on August 8th. 23 is one of those ages that lingers in the spaces of time. It's not really a milestone. There's not any exuberant happiness (or sadness) that comes with that age. It just, kind of, happens. It's been almost two weeks since my birthday and I don't think that I've sunk my feet into that age yet. I just changed the age on my Facebook...