Be Inspired

November 14, 2017

Acne breakouts? Girlfriend, I use Proactive, and it does wonders to my skin. Oh, that doesn’t work for you? Try Aveeno. It works great for sensitive skin. That dried you out? Hmm, maybe give Neutrogena a try. Your breakouts are getting worse? Don’t worry, I have this AMAZING skin care mask that you can use; it’s all natural and only contains a few ingredients. Oh man, your skin isn’t calming down. Maybe look up what other prod...

October 22, 2017

You eat food, and I eat food. You drink water, and I drink water. You sweat, and I sweat. You sleep, and I sleep. You get sad, and I get sad. You get happy, and I get happy. You get angry, and I get angry. You get stressed, and I get stressed. Hm, sounds to me like you and I have a lot in common; we aren’t so different you and I.

So what exactly makes a person “different?” Their clothes? Their religious beliefs? Their political...

October 16, 2017

For the last three months I’ve been working as a behavioral therapist for children with autism for a company called ACES. I only have one client so far, and the impact she’s already made on my life is indescribable. Prior to meeting her, I had so much new anxiety, from being fresh meat right out of college, from trying to figure out my career goals, and from figuring out how the HELL one is supposed to adult (disclaimer: despi...

September 29, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I remember LOVING elementary school. To me, the end of summer meant buying school supplies; so much, in fact, that I had enough left over for the following school year. But, don’t worry, that didn’t stop me from returning to Target every year for more glorious notebooks, planners, pens, pencils, papers, markers, crayons, sharpies, and other unnecessary (but exciting) items.

If I thought I was excited...

September 19, 2017

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” When we were young, this was our favorite question with answers ranging from being the President to being a mermaid. But this question seems to morph into “did you get a job yet?” once you hit your senior year in college. Some find jobs right away, some take a year off, and some head straight to graduate school. When I hear the word “job,” I think of financial security. When I think o...

September 9, 2017

Ever think about WHY you hate something? Ever think about WHY you love something? Emotionally, you probably do. You probably hate your neighbor, because they are too loud. You probably hate your ex, because he/she cheated. But, EVOLUTIONARILY, why? If we think of ourselves as animals, every emotion or feeling we have towards something makes sense. Every emotion can be reduced down to one thing: survival.

Sounds a bit dramatic,...

August 28, 2017

If you’re like me, you bottle every negative emotion deep down inside of you hoping it’ll just stay there forever. If you’re also like me, those negative emotions explode every so often in the most counterproductive way. We are somehow are expected to deal with work, school, relationships, friends, obligations, family, and finances with a smile on our face every day. There seems to be no room for a break nowadays. Or so we thi...

August 22, 2017

I’ve been in sports for as long as I can remember. I did track in elementary school, track and cross country in middle school, and basketball, lacrosse, soccer, track, and cross country in high school. To answer your question that I know you are all dying to ask, no, I was not good at basketball, lacrosse, or soccer because I’m the least coordinated person on the face of the planet. Like, so bad. But, that’s besides the point....

August 14, 2017

When we get scared, happy, angry, sad, anxious, depressed or frustrated, we seldom stop to think about what is happening to our bodies physiologically. We feel these emotions, usually without asking ourselves what’s going on; we generally don’t think about the biological or evolutionary reasons we feel certain ways. If you’re happy, you’re probably not thinking “Wow, I’m so thankful for these dopamine neurotransmitters that ar...

August 7, 2017

Humans want to achieve one thing in this world: happiness.There’s no other reason we do anything. But sometimes there’s just a few obstacles in our way of achieving said happiness. Exhibit A: Acne.

Who the f*@#&$(@*$@(* likes acne?! No one. My face practically breaks out when it comes in contact with air. I’ve had a problem with my skin for the last four years or so. I’ll just be 100% honest from the get go: I’m an arab. Why sh...

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