#NiaDiaries No. 9: Brainstorming Story Ideas

Honey, trying to decide an idea for NaNoWriMo is exhausting. After hours of brainstorming, I’ve finally found the idea I’m going to use for NaNoWriMo (hopefully!) Before we get into how that idea came to be, let’s dive into the many brainstorming methods I tried out. It’s time to tackle brainstorming story ideas! The Many Brainstorming Methods I Tried 1. Looking through old ideas I am...

#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. 7: 25th Birthday Self-Reflection

As a kid, I was obsessed with the glow up. I fantasized about that one magical day where I would wake up and be hotter, smarter, more talented, and more confident in a night. It is what I’d like to call: The Manny Santos Effect. Who is Manny Santos?  Manny Santos is a fictional character from one of my favorite childhood television shows: Degrassi: The Next Generation. One of its most...

#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...

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...