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366. Tell the people you love that you love them.

I received news of my dearest friend’s grandmother’s passing and my little cousin’s admission into hospital within minutes of each other today. As I sat and observed people’s grief at the funeral later in the day, and talked with babygirl over the phone, I’d realised how temporal life and relationships truly are. It also made…

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365. The next time you have a panic attack.

Last week, I found out from my psychologist that I’ve been doing my breathing techniques wrong. Instead of helping with my anxiety/panic attacks, I have unknowingly prolonged them all these while with my deep breathing. He then taught me the correct controlled breathing technique, explained the science behind it, and got me to try it in…

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364. You’re supposed to feel however you feel.

There’s a lot of contradicting narratives about strength. For a very long time, I struggled with choosing between showing up and numbing down. You know how it is. The latter comes easy, because shutting down and moving on is what we’re told to do constantly. In the face of something potentially heartbreaking or painful, it’s…

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362. Be Her Change.

I remember sitting in front of my hostel along Khao San Road in Bangkok past midnight and holding back tears, as I look at a little girl of about 4, pass out roses to drunk foreigners who treated her like a doll. She allowed them to pick her up, ruffle her hair, kiss her shoulders,…

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361. 6 Intentions for the New Year.

“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.” – Maya Angelou The Islamic new year, or Maal Hijrah *, made its grand entrance at sunset yesterday, and however it is we’d welcomed it, what remains the same is that we have an…