Why are we so hard on ourselves?

Why are we continuously sabotaging ourselves? Having self-esteem is great but it should not cause anxiety when our skills and abilities do not translate in our life. We too often forget the things we should hold on to when our expectations do not match our reality: personal growth, learning experiences, character building, resilience, creativity and so much more. Big achievements are partly dependent on external circumstances​; however we are in…

A Book Many Lessons: Desert Dawn by Waris Dirie

I watched the film adaptation of the book, Desert Flower, years ago as a teen. It is a work of art about the odyssey of Somalian model and activist Waris Dirie, who is tackling the issue of female genital mutilation. So, while I was randomly sitting in this library-café on a Sunday, I find myself right…

Life After University: The art of being comfortable with the uncomfortable

Being comfortable with the uncomfortable, being at ease with the unknown, being mentally stable when external circumstances are unstable is to date one of the most challenging journeys I have consciously decided to embark on. After university, you are finding yourself outside this comfortable and save space where things are pretty predictable and comforting. This…

Conversation with Haneek.s

Highly talented illustrator widening representation of African women Haneek’s work is not only extremely gorgeous it is also meaningful and purposeful. The power of her illustrations goes beyond its aesthetics. Images are a conveyor of power, they influence perceptions, including self-perceptions. In this sense, her art is inspiring for it creates space for women who…

How to: Go with the flow! #WritingforGrowth

Have you been a bit too self-pity lately? Why don’t you try and go with the flow? Going with the flow is about adjusting to our circumstances. It does not mean letting life live through us, but rather living mindfully, letting go of the circumstances and the people we do not have control over. Adopting a…

Hanny’s journey: as a successful freelancer

Do you wish to build your own project? Are you facing some challenges along the road?  I trust that Hanny’s insights will inspire you to start where you are and make things happen. Hanny Kusumawati is an Indonesian writer and digital content strategist. She also facilitates workshops/ training on writing, creating creative content and works on…

Mind Open: The meaning of Timbuktu and its relevance today

  I believe that embarking on a personal development journey is about doing the work to be more mindful. It entails being more conscious of our environment and our place in it. Activism, speaking up on prejudice, promoting a different narrative, rediscovering a different part of history are all part of the process. Doing that…

How to manage your time wisely

Managing your time wisely essentially means being conscious of the energy you get. To me, it makes no doubt that time-management skills start within. Managing your time wisely is not about doing work or doing something all the time. It means getting to know yourself enough to understand, when, how, where, you will give the best…

The Power of Thoughts: 5 tips to unlock your potential

To what extent are thoughts powerful for our wellness? Thoughts are where it all starts. They have the power to elevate us, motivate us or destroy us. For instance, we may be dealing with a hard reality but going with the flow rather than resisting makes a huge difference in how we feel and how…

A Book Many Lessons: A Work From Fatou Diome

This book is one of the best things I have read in a long time. Fatou Diome is a Senegalese-French writer, “Le Ventre de l’Atlantique” (translated as “The Belly of the Atlantic”) is her first novel where she explores with humility and humour, the story of a bold Senegalese- French writer navigating throughout her own…