Archives for January 2013

GIRLS Mania

I’m a victim of GIRLS mania. Ever since my study abroad roommate introduced me to GIRLS, I’ve become the biggest Lena Dunham/GIRLS fan. In my eyes, she’s this genius-badass-feminist superhuman who just sort of says and does whatever the hell she wants. She’s awkward and brave and gutsy, but still hilarious and self-deprecating. It’s refreshing […]

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Mirror, Mirror…Whoops

My uncle asked me once why I spent so much time in front of a mirror, concerned with how I looked if I’m a quote-un-quote feminist. Apparently, wanting to feel beautiful and empowered as a woman makes me a contradiction. Apparently. And being a feminine feminist that stands in front of the mirror, insecure and […]

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Duke Write(H)er Series: First Workshop With LC Coleman of Colored Girls Confidential

DUKE WRITE(H)ER SERIES Introduction to the Duke Write(H)er Workshop Series: For the Spring of 2013, I was accepted to be a part of the Duke Write(H)er series consisting of writing workshops with well known and gifted women writers and journalists. These retreat/workshop/dinner events, hosted by the Duke Women’s Center, feature influential feminist journalists such as […]

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2013: The Year of the Quantum Leap

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea.” –ee cummings On my most recent trip to Miraval, a spa and wellness resort nestled in the Arizona mountains, I completed one of the challenge activities called Quantum Leap. Although my precocious little brother thinks that it might […]

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A Writer’s Life

Original post date: 10/26/12 “At times I believed that the last page of my book and the last page of my life were one and the same, that when my book ended I’d end, a great wind would sweep through my rooms carrying the pages away, and when the air cleared of all those fluttering […]

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I Want To Write My Own Love Story

Original post date: 10/22/12 My well-worn and tattered copy of Love in the Time of Cholera sits tirelessly on my bedside table. I remember being mesmerized by this doomed love story when I first picked it up my senior year of high school for a term essay on unrequited love. That’s when it all changed, […]

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I’m published on Thought Catalog!

Original post date: 9/21/12 Read “What Does It Mean To Be Beautiful” on Thought Catalog… What Does It Mean To Be Beautiful by Danielle Nelson Not many people can say that they rely on SPF 70 to avoid looking like a toasted strawberry. I’m also left-handed, I can ramble on for hours, and I kind […]

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Publishing Live In Real Time

Original post date: 9/11/12 I’m a giant jigsaw puzzle. My pieces strewn all across the floor. My writing helps make the pieces whole again, creating something beautiful from an otherwise state of disarray. The individual pieces slide into place, stay for a while, but before long it’s time to put them back one by one […]

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The Art of Being

Original post date: 9/07/12 “I’m not like classical art- the kind everyone just likes, because you it’s easy to and you should. I’m modern art. It’s complicated, not for everyone, and at times hard to understand.” -Kim Higuera I’ve never truly appreciated modern art. It’s an acquired taste that I have yet to acquire. I […]

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I’m Featured on The Mamafesto’s “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like” Series

Original post date: 8/21/12 I participated in The Mamafesto’s “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like” series. You should check it out! I spent hours reading through the other interviews while I was writing mine. Defining feminism is no easy task and remembering when and why you became a feminist can prove to be even […]

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