“Talent gets you noticed, maybe. Looks – sure, for a moment. But the only thing that gets you a seat at the table in this town is a fierce personality. I’m talking about complete and utter confidence in who you are. People are drawn to you. They dont know why but suddently they need you and they will turn their lives inside and out to be with you. But you have to work your ass off. You have to be the one willing to do the things that will scare everyone else to death. That’s the dfference between talent and success. You go out there and be successful.”

‘The Arrangement’

 

Enjoying Being Lost

I don’t want to live my life without leaving a footprint – whether it’s for my parents, my friends, for my own family (if I have one) or simply for the world. I’m not here to write how ‘I want to save the world’ because I don’t – we live in a world where Trump…

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You’re The Enemy

I hate relationships. Do I? I hate jealousy, restriction, when one controls the other. I hate people who tell others what to do or what not to do. I strongly believe that one who doesn’t trust their loved one is doomed in a relationship that simply won’t work out. I’m not here to give relationship…

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Special Rules To Live My Life

I have a headache while I write this because the topic itself gives me a headache – what an irony. A couple days ago, my best friend Nazanin urged me to download  The Rules by Ellen Fein. “You’ll love it! You NEED to read it!” she said. Later, as I was scrolling down my Instagram feed, Mimi…

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Am I Azerbaijani?

How do you define your nationality? Do you use the country you were born in or do you look at your parents and see where they’re from? What do you answer when someone asks where you are from? Better yet, asks you who you truly are? I was born in Azerbaijan and lived there until…

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2016 New Year Resolutions

Happy 2016, my dear friends! Even though this year didn’t bring much joy nor the merry, jolly feeling people usually get before the holidays, I still have a pretty good feeling about 2016! Wishing everyone a fabulous year ahead, filled with unforgettable memories, tons of luck, good news, and love. Every beginning of the new year,…

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Sway Away

Imagine you’re on a big boat somewhere far away. The sky is that soft mix of purple and orange, you hear the ocean waves slowly pass around you, and you’re lying right in the middle of the dock. You look up at the sky and there’s no sign of clouds and no sign of disturbance.…

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Loner Alert

I don’t like talking about this and I don’t like explaining this to people. I sometimes feel as an outsider however, I decided to tackle this topic to explain. As I was sitting in Starbucks, I received a text message from a friend: “Leyla, you’re always at Starbucks, do you ever go out?” “Nope.” I’m…

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Me, Myself, and US

A couple years ago, I would walk by and stare at women who I would consider to be better than I was and roll my eyes. A woman with amazing glutes? I would mumble to myself that she got implants. A woman in heels walking to Starbucks with an attitude? Could she scream attention any louder? …

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