Posts tagged love
#TBT: Grief Lessons II: Unthinkable (I'm Ready)

this grief lessons post is a continuation of my original post in October. while the original was instrumental in helping me cope with my grief, you’ll find that these five lessons are more lighthearted and hopeful. I hope they can speak to anyone dealing with hardship of their own.

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#FlawsAndAll: Why I Stopped Wearing Makeup

behind my smile is a broken person. that's just the truth. most of us are broken, and the first step in achieving wholeness is in calling out these areas of brokenness. for me, my preoccupation with image is most certainly one area. learn about what i'm doing to become whole and how you can join the movement towards wholeness. 

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#TBT: How I Learned to Stop Hating My Body

I hated my body up until I was 23. I wasn't able to lose weight and keep it off until I stopped hating my body, and this is no coincidence at all. come down body-image memory lane with me, and learn about the breakthroughs that led me to an overall positive body image. 

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Being Single as a Twenty-Something Arab Woman ft. Third Wheel Chronicles

Choosing to be single as an Arab woman is not easy, but it was truly necessary for me. I have been in a committed relationship with myself for over nine years. Read about my experiences on this journey of self-recreation, and why I believe that us single women should learn to celebrate love that isn't our own.

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4 Ways to be Faithful and Fierce in the Face of Fear

we are all afraid of something, of many things. as human beings, fear is an instinct, a survival mechanism designed to protect us, but as we all know, it can also get in our way. read about my fears and the four ways i was able to fiercely and faithfully face them. 

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Letters to My [Dearborn] Sisters: A Sequel

To my Dearborn Sisters. Yes, you. Yes, even if we've never met. This one's for you. You have given me so much, so this post is my token of love and appreciation for your beautiful heart. And be sure to stay tuned: this letter marks the but the beginning of a marvelous sisterhood to come. 

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The Hopeful Romantic: 3 Reasons to Keep Your Hopes Up

Introducing the Hopeful Romantic! I get my hopes up every day. It turns out, a lot of us do. What I've learned through my conversations with others though is that most dreamers are actively trying to bring themselves back down to earth. Here are my three reasons why we should get our hopes up...and keep them there.

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Exhale, Self-Doubt: New Year, Better Ri

I have a little girl named Self Doubt who lives inside of me. I used to try to chase her down, but I've learned to love her rather than fight her. Learn about how I've changed my relationship to self-doubt through a short poem and love letter from my Self-Love to my Self-Doubt. 

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If You Do Any of These 5 Things, Stop Apologizing

I used to apologize for pieces of myself that I actually liked, until I realized that apology was another way to silence the gifts that God has given me to share with the world. If you possess the five qualities I outline in this post, learn why you should stop apologizing for them right now. 

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#TBT: Letters to My Husband

I have a secret: I have known my husband since September 2nd, 2013 and I have been writing letters to him ever since. Nobody has read them yet (not even him), but today, I am ready to share with you a couple excerpts of these letters, followed by a heartfelt explanation of why I write.

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The Art of Closure: How to Create Your Own

are you waiting for closure from an unhealthy relationship or situation? well, you can create your own. in this post, I discuss closure as an art and outline three steps you can take right now to create your own closure. walk away with a fluttering heart. 

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#TBT: Despite Everything, You Are A Rose

one of the best lessons my students and I engaged in involved Tupac Shakur's "The Rose That Grew From Concrete" metaphor. little did I know that this lesson would provide me with the framework to get through the toughest year of my life. learn about how this metaphor can help you and enjoy a spoken word piece by yours truly. 

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#TBT: In the Face of Addiction, I Chose Self-Love

i have an addictive personality. i was addicted to another person for over three years, until i decided that i needed to love myself before i could love someone else the way i should. in this post, i discuss lessons learned from this relationship and share a poem i wrote while i was still struggling to walk away from it. 

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I Can Only Be Ri: 20 Ways to Be Free

i did parts of my life out of order. i found myself first, only to run far away before i finally returned. god allowed me to come back home in time for my father to find a new home in heaven. in this post, i discuss the 20 ways i've decided to be free (or be "Ri) along this #roadtorima. 

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