Two friends explore their shared personal connection with hair.
The Art of Self-Love: A Story Collection
To finding love within myself
Is not an easy task
It is an enduring process of continuous reflection.
But the present me is not alone.
My future self and I will trudge through snowstorms and sand,
Swim for miles across seas
Until I’ve returned from my adventures
A source of compassion and beauty,
Smiling at my own reflection in mirrors
Because I am beautiful
Even if I am different.”
—MENTEE OLIVIA WRONSKI
Before I found writing, I was lost. After that, I was found.
This piece was written to myself, and is a reflection of the self-hatred that I often feel as a teenage girl. It also depicts the enveloping and consuming nature of my anxiety.
As I grow, my eczema has been a struggle for me. Throughout this piece I explore within myself to overcome this struggle.
A short poem from the thoughts of a Black girl
I’ve always had glasses, to me it offers me separation, protection in a world full of chaos and injustices. This is a poem about overcoming vulnerabilities, seeing the unfiltered world, and molding a better world.
This piece takes a deep dive into societal expectations while emphasizing the importance of asking for help. Everyone, even someone who doesn’t look like it, needs support.
Mia, a sixteen year old girl, struggles with body dysmorphia when her friends ask her to be a Disney Princess for Halloween.
A whimsicial narrative of my life as my step count increases. Throughout my journey, I meet different parts of myself, from Curiosity to Shame. It’s a story of how these “people” have helped me grow.
Criminal Minds taught me how to profile, and I apply my knowledge by taking on the challenge of profiling myself.
Felicity Quinton never would have thought babysitting her sister’s children would result in a wild goose chase around New York City. But, life is full of surprises (tall, dark, and handsome surprises).
That moment when you have to go but want to stay—so you decide you really don’t have to go at all.
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.”
This piece helped me break free and I will forever be thankful to my mentor for encouraging me.
In this piece, I stumble across the wonders of natural hair and after, try to convince my mother to let me go natural.
A short personal story about my journey with a major change that has happened to me recently. A great description of the ups and downs of adjusting to that permanent everlasting change.