Why Is Having Hair A Huge Deal?

I remember when my brother first visited us in Puerto Rico, he mentioned to his wife how Puerto Rican women don’t remove the hair on their hands. He was disgusted. He looked so disappointed and somehow he made it seem so unwomanly and not feminine. In contrary, I remember how a friend accidentally rubbed his…

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My 2017 Resolutions

Resolutions, no. Goals. Future Achievements. I’m keeping myself accountable to all of my 5 promises and I will get them accomplished. Why is this important? Why is writing our goals so vital? Because it reminds us daily what we’re fighting for this year. It reminds us what we need to accomplish. Run a minimum of 20…

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More Than Enough

No one can help you but yourself. That’s what I tell myself whenever I bring myself down over little things. We’re the ones that can control our feelings and emotions – as obvious as it may sound, it’s the truth and we need to remind ourselves constantly. We’re in charge. We control how we see…

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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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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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