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July 20, 2018

There’s a common misconception surrounding the idea of ‘following your dreams’ and “pursuing your passions”. It is a rhetoric that is thinly veiled beneath the hegemonic ideas of privilege and social elitism, where creatives cannot always attainably “follow their dreams” or “pursue their passions” in the same facet of others in their industry. The sad reality is that for many creatives, artists, and young adults alike, we do n...

October 3, 2017

Photo by Madeline Sommers featuring Sarah Phenix as seen in Mad Sounds Magazine Issue 25 

I have been under the impression for far too long that I am too young for the world.

That the rhythms of the city should intimidate me, and the lust I have for life should be swept under the rug.

I’m released into the “real world” this upcoming May. The unspoken fear of the future is not a radical notion, no one knows exactly what they want...

September 26, 2017

Photo by Mira Nedyalkova 

Why does that pit in your stomach sink so viciously when you’re confronted with a simple request for help? That last minute text from your boss asking if you can work just three more hours; the non-stop begging from your friend asking if she can borrow your vintage leather jacket just one more time; or your aunt wondering if you can feed her cats over the weekend. People expect so much from each other...

August 24, 2017

Photo by Marina Williams featuring Molly Hauer as seen in Mad Sounds Magazine Issue 24

Today, I let myself be excited for the future.

This is an extremely rare occurrence for me, considering I am always thinking one step ahead, always expecting the worst case scenario as the inevitable. I get out of bed and suit up my battle armor, bracing for life to throw everything it has at me.

But today I let myself be excited.

Ironically eno...

June 8, 2017

Photo via @boucli on Twenty20

Love is love, and that will never change for me. June is known as Pride month. The older I’ve gotten the more compassionate, understanding and accepting I have become of the LGBTQ+ community. "Coming out" in 2017 is easier compared to how it used to be, but there are people who still struggle with it.  It's heartbreaking to know that you have to hide your soul from the world, but we still live in a...

June 6, 2017

Photo by Haley Jacobson featuring Kayla Stag 

Loving myself looks a lot like a three-year-old jamming together puzzle pieces that don’t belong.

My body rejects the kindness I feed it. It’s an acquired taste.

I sit in front of the mirror while time stretches in the background, and try to paint a self-portrait of who I am and what I hold, but the girl on the other side of the reflection and I can’t agree on what we see. I set my pa...

June 1, 2017

Photo by Jordan Randall featuring Christine Wilson for Mad Sounds Magazine Issue 23

there is a war in my heart

where the battles leave my skin without a scratch

yet I always end up powerless

she tells me to keep fighting

like human courage

like warrior

but what is there to fight for

when you haven’t seen hope for months

hope used to hold my head in her lap

stroking my hair

letting me spill my secrets

she told me everything was going to be...

May 30, 2017

Photo by Rora Blue as featured in Mad Sounds Magazine Issue 23 

Maybe your silence is the answer

Maybe your absence is the answer

Maybe you actually don’t care

Maybe I’m waiting for you to be someone you’ll never be

You see, the truth is, when you’re focused on trying to fix something that is already broken, you’re settling for something that could easily break again, something that could easily break you.

This is why it’s so hard f...

May 23, 2017

Photo by Nesrin Danan | @blackprints on Instagram 

The older I get the more comfortable I am as a person. In many of my articles I tend to mention the fact that I grew up with three brothers, and have adopted their mannerisms and characteristics. I have no shame about this because it’s part of who I am. Growing up, I never had a problem being a tomboy. I grew up with males, and watching sports. Now that I am 25 years old, I’ve...

May 14, 2017

Photo by Jordan Randall featuring Aubin Rainer for Mad Sounds Magazine Issue 23 

It was every time I was on an unstoppable rampage of complaining and annoyance when she’d turn to me and put me in my place, teaching me to consider the other side of things. She’d shut down my pity parties, and push my buttons in ways I hadn’t yet realized needed to be pushed. Even though this would sometimes trigger me more, I knew in the back of...

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