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Suffering from Writer’s Fatigue

I think I’ve figured out the main reason for why this year has been difficult for me. I think I’ve burnt myself out just a bit. Last year I was full of ideas, hopes and dreams for the future. This year was a slog. Just the idea of writing has been exhausting for me and I’ve finally pinpointed why. It could be the fact that I’ve taken on other creative projects. Those projects require more time and energy and I’ve…

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Studio Ghibli and my childhood

There’s been a heatwave in The Netherlands right now and I want nothing to do with my computer. Instead I’ve spent my time on the couch under the only fan in our living room. The time away from my PC has given me the opportunity to rewatch some of my favorite childhood movies. And many of them are from Studio Ghibli. So I’ve pried myself off of the couch to share two things. Why Studio Ghibli films became such a…

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I left my country for love in The Netherlands

Ah yes, another post about leaving American for The Netherlands. It’s been almost 4 years now and I should be over it right? I am for the most part. But a reality show on TV helped refresh a few emotions and I thought it would be a good time to talk about them. A show called 90 Day Fiancé is making its rounds again. But instead of couples coming together and living in America, this time the American citizens follow…

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Growing up as a First Generation American

My parents immigrated to America in 1985. Both of them had been born and raised in India. They left behind everything. Family, friends, years of memories and connections. They lived in a seedy part of Los Angeles for years before they could afford to move out to a small unknown town. Here, in this tiny suburban in Southern California, is where they bought a house, and started their family. I was the first of my family to be born in…

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I took the weekend off for a digital detox

Hey guys and happy Monday! I’ve been so productive today! I figured it would be a nice idea to get some blogging in too. I hope everyone is doing well. The weather here has been both amazing and crazy. Last week it was warm enough for shorts and tank tops but this week we’re back in hoodies and jeans. It’s my first July wearing a hoodie but I can’t complain. There’s a part of me that has been feeling a…

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Saturday Musings

Whew another week is over and I think it’s the perfect time for some Saturday Musings. First of all, welcome to all my new readers! I’m not sure what happened but the past month has seen a lot of growth and I’m ecstatic. Second, it took me 3 days to write this post… That’s a lot of time, even for me. I’m starting to think that my IUD is the reason why my mood has been all over the place. But…

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Keep the Black Lives Matter movement strong

As the Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality movements fall out of media favor, don’t forget them. When social topics become unpopular, the media moves onto the next hot thing. And that sucks for powerful movements like these. It’s not even about politics, these riots are about basic human decency. So now, more than ever, don’t forget why they happened. Remind yourself everyday to continue the fight. It’s 2020 and it’s easier than ever to keep the conversation going. So…

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“I can’t breathe” – George Floyd

I may not be living in America right now but that doesn’t mean I’m not an American citizen. This is a heart breaking topic to talk about but I can’t be silent anymore. I know my reach on this platform is tiny but that doesn’t give me an excuse to be silent. My name is Lily and I’m a light skinned Indian-American woman born in 1988. I understand I will never understand the suffering of Black people. Please know that…

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Some happy things

Recently there have been a few days where I just want to feel happy. The news is bleak, the weather is so cold, everyone is sick, and nowhere feels safe. To battle this, I decided to think about the things that make me happy. So happy that I can smile while the world outside is wrong. And yes, it sounds selfish to want to be self indulgent but it gets exhausting, being sad and worrying all the time. I spend…

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