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Written By: Tori-Ann King

You have been in this relationship for years. You know each other’s favourite flavour of ice cream. This person has grown to be a part of you. You’ve shared some of your darkest moments together. You get each other but that was then, and now it’s over and it is hard to remember a time when you weren’t together. Who am I going to run to when something exciting happens or when I just need a hug? Can we still be friends after breaking up? Can I be happy for you and watch you move on…

Words By: Tiara Sharmane

I happened to be scrolling through Twitter the other day and came across a thread regarding cutting ties with toxic parents. Initially, the number of responses shocked me. I was taken back by how many people have cut all communication with their parents because of their toxicity. As I continued to read their answers, I realized that it was common to cut ties with toxic and abusive parents. All of the people who responded ended their relationships with their parents to protect their mental and emotional health. …

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By: Danielle G.

In An Instant, Everything Changed

On March 6, 2020, Jamaica announced its first case of COVID-19, the mysterious virus that has been — and still is — wreaking biological havoc all over the world. Since then, the ticking of the metronome of time and space has seemed to be knocked completely out of tune.

I had to move home from university in a matter of 48 hours. Every programme and schedule up to that point was pushed back for a month and was to be reorganized to accommodate the newness of being at home 24/7. One month of no school immediately sounds…

By Trevann Hamilton

Everyone declared 2020 their year. My vision board is still hoisted in my room with all my plans staring at me mockingly. I probably won’t be able to complete any of the things I set out to at the beginning of the year and that’s okay.

I doubt there are people who went on completely unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m well aware that what I’m about to list is simply incomparable to the pain and loss that so many people faced losing loved ones to the virus. …

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By: Shanice J. Douglas-Samuels

I don’t need to parrot what’s already been said by pretty much everyone the world over already, but I’ll say it anyway: 2020 has been the pits. From the fear and loss to the confusion about what the future will look like, it’s been more than rough.

Many of us were already stumbling through life-altering transitions before the introduction of an ongoing global pandemic, so it’s no surprise that we’ve all felt a little frustrated about how to process it all. One good thing that I do want to point out is that, if you’re reading…

Young black woman walking in the streets with a bagpack and mask on.
Young black woman walking in the streets with a bagpack and mask on.
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By: Trevann Hamilton

It has been four months since the first COVID-19 case was recorded in Jamaica. I cannot believe it’s only been 4 months. In college, four months flew by and in no time I had exams to stress over. It seems as if pandemic time is moving slower than normal. In the four short months, there were a number of things I noticed and I’ve decided that I wanted to share them.

  1. Tomorrow Isn’t Promised - I don’t mean this in a morbid way. Remember when your parents tried to discourage you from going out so much because…

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By Devonae Manderson

The dangerous side effects of fear. The often-harsh reality of living with anxiety and how your overall health can be impacted.

We often hear about, or even experience for ourselves, the ghastly chest compressing fear that comes with doing things we aren’t used to doing, meeting new people, or going to new places. It is difficult to not take notice of the looks of bewilderment directed my way when attempting something new and I fold into a stream of tears upon actually going to get that action done.

I’ve lost friendships, and possible job opportunities because of…

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By Shanice Sinclair

Disclaimer: I am not a health professional, and my advice is not medical advice. Please see a doctor for tailored healthcare advice.

Stressed? Go to bed. Broke? Go to bed. Can’t focus? Go to bed. Having one of those really horrible days where all you want to do is just go to sleep? Yeah…you should probably just go to bed.

Yes, I have effectively solved most of my problems with sleeping more recently, but more specifically, by getting quality sleep. Not curled-up-in-a-ball-cry-myself-to-sleep-after-eating-a-pint-of-ice-cream-sleep…or late-night-fall-asleep-watching-Netflix-sleep. No, this was intentional, planned rest, with time windows and eating restrictions and supplements…

By: Sarah Doyel

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When I wrote this, I was sitting in a café in Amsterdam. I was traveling through Europe for a couple of months before moving to Spain to try my hand at freelance writing full-time. Living in Spain and being a writer are dreams of mine that I have carried with me for years, and being on the brink of realizing both means that I’m happier than I’ve been in years. I feel as though I am finally living to the fullest and best expression of my true self. …

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By: Nicole Gasparian

Getting over your first love, the first-person accounts of the not-so-nice realities of becoming sexually mature.

The first relationship, lover, or sexual experience is a huge milestone in the life of a growing young woman. Even years after the occurrence of the event, I find myself surrounded by women who seem uncomfortable discussing their first ever “first.” Despite their strength, there’s seemingly a consensus amongst a large array of millennial women that the ‘first ever’ was the absolute worst ever. …

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