Darling Letters: How to Keep Your Heart Tender

Posted on June 28, 2021Categories POWER   Leave a comment on Darling Letters: How to Keep Your Heart Tender

We are bringing “Darling Letters” from your inbox to the blog! We love the art of letter writing and believe it helps build authentic community. Our editors and contributors have thoughtfully written encouraging letters to cut through the busyness and speak straight to your heart. My bleary eyes check the clock, confirming it’s already tomorrow. 1:17 a.m. I grab my journal and scribble “I’m too raw and exposed. Just teetering on an edge.”  I breathe in and out the prayerful … Continue reading “Darling Letters: How to Keep Your Heart Tender”

How Returning to Play Shaped My Relationship With My Father

Posted on June 28, 2021Categories POWER   Leave a comment on How Returning to Play Shaped My Relationship With My Father

My dad and I started playing catch a decade ago, and it changed our entire relationship. To be honest, I’m not sure how it all began. It just happened. Like most life-changing habits, it started as nothing special and, slowly, became something meaningful.  A decade ago, we had a hard time sometimes even being around each other. In my early 20s, I found myself constantly bucking against his advice. Our conversations quickly turned to disagreements, then into polarizing fights and … Continue reading “How Returning to Play Shaped My Relationship With My Father”

Juneteenth: Moving Forward in the Fight for Justice

Posted on June 24, 2021Categories POWER   Leave a comment on Juneteenth: Moving Forward in the Fight for Justice

Recognized annually on June 19, Juneteenth marks the federal order to free slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. While Juneteenth has historically and primarily been celebrated by Black communities, the day marks an important moment in our nation’s history. It offers an opportunity for all Americans to learn more about the history of slavery in the U.S., the specific structures of racism that followed Juneteenth and today’s ongoing fight for justice.  Here’s a brief look at the history of … Continue reading “Juneteenth: Moving Forward in the Fight for Justice”

How I Would Uplift My Younger Self

Posted on June 22, 2021Categories POWER   Leave a comment on How I Would Uplift My Younger Self

If I had a time machine, I wouldn’t go back to try and save the world. Before you judge me too harshly, let me explain.  I am a 30-year-old, 5-foot-2, plus-size, mixed-race Black woman in America. The year is 2021, and I think it’s safe to say, the world is a mess. There are plenty of moments in time where one could argue that it would be smart to use time travel to go back and “fix” things. But who are … Continue reading “How I Would Uplift My Younger Self”

Common Misconceptions About Therapy and Counseling

Posted on June 21, 2021Categories POWER   Leave a comment on Common Misconceptions About Therapy and Counseling

I’ll never forget how nervous I felt the first time I went to therapy. I fumbled through the magazines in the uncomfortable waiting room chair, anxious about meeting my therapist in person. Even more than that, I was anxious about what this person may think of me, judge me for or say to me. What would they think of my story? Would I be told there was something wrong with me? Was there something wrong with me? I second-guessed my … Continue reading “Common Misconceptions About Therapy and Counseling”

How Nature Can Revive a Weary Soul

Posted on June 21, 2021Categories POWER   Leave a comment on How Nature Can Revive a Weary Soul

While it may seem trite or obvious that nature is good for us, the benefits of nature on our mental wellness are infinite. There’s something so poetic and Thoreau about it, of course. We all love a bucolic moment—visualizing ourselves milking the cow and leisurely running our hands through a wheat field. But how do we, the suburban and city folk, really benefit from nature?  After 2020 and transitioning back into a faster pace of life in 2021, it is … Continue reading “How Nature Can Revive a Weary Soul”

Darling Letters: The Freedom Found in Embracing the Grey

Posted on June 20, 2021Categories POWER   Leave a comment on Darling Letters: The Freedom Found in Embracing the Grey

We are bringing “Darling Letters” from your inbox to the blog! We love the art of letter writing and believe it helps build authentic community. Our editors and contributors have thoughtfully written encouraging letters to cut through the busyness and speak straight to your heart. Four summers ago, a friend and I sat on a dock, staring at the stars and pondering life. We talked about the differences in how we think—how she thinks in the grey whereas I think … Continue reading “Darling Letters: The Freedom Found in Embracing the Grey”

Darling Letters: On Embracing the Art of the Pivot

Posted on June 16, 2021Categories POWER   Leave a comment on Darling Letters: On Embracing the Art of the Pivot

We are bringing “Darling Letters” from your inbox to the blog! We love the art of letter writing and believe it helps build authentic community. Our editors and contributors have thoughtfully written encouraging letters to cut through the busyness and speak straight to your heart. If you asked me in February 2020 where I’d be during the spring of my junior year of college, the response would have been easy: London. Since freshman year, studying abroad had always been in … Continue reading “Darling Letters: On Embracing the Art of the Pivot”

Letters to My Younger Self: The 19-Year-Old Starting a New Chapter

Posted on June 15, 2021Categories POWER   Leave a comment on Letters to My Younger Self: The 19-Year-Old Starting a New Chapter

“Letters to My Younger Self” is a series focused on wisdom and self-awareness. Just as you write letters to a friend to encourage and uplift them, here is the advice we would go back and tell our younger selves. Dear 19-year-old self, A little more than a week ago, I read a letter that I wrote to my future self when I was your age. Your sorority pledge trainer encouraged you to do this. As you sat in the chapter room … Continue reading “Letters to My Younger Self: The 19-Year-Old Starting a New Chapter”

Darling Letters: La Libertad Que Se Encuentra Al Abrazar El Gris

Posted on June 14, 2021Categories POWER   Leave a comment on Darling Letters: La Libertad Que Se Encuentra Al Abrazar El Gris

Darling is working to translate some of our content into Spanish. If you have edits or feedback on this translation, our team would love your input! Email blog@darlingmagazine.org and include Spanish Translation in your subject line. For the English version, click here. Translation via Jennifer Rodriguez Hace cuatro veranos, una amiga y yo nos sentamos en un muelle, mirando las estrellas y reflexionando sobre la vida. Hablamos sobre las diferencias en cómo pensamos–cómo ella piensa en gris mientras que yo pienso en … Continue reading “Darling Letters: La Libertad Que Se Encuentra Al Abrazar El Gris”