Monthly Archives: August 2012

{YML Voices} The Real Baggage Of Being A Young, Single Mother

Read my recent guest post featured on about the social stigmas young, single mothers often have to endure.

The following is an excerpt from the article, titled “Social Stigmas: The Real Baggage of Being a Young, Single Mother”:

 Being 22 with a 4-year-old, I try not to internalize the things I read. But some of the stuff just makes me cringe as I think of all the single mothers, who have enough on their plate already, having to go through their everyday lives carrying the baggage of such negative perceptions about them, and facing the world with insecurities.

The stereotypes and judgments of those with the “holier-than-thou” attitude are detrimentally oppressive. Though I’m aware that some of the criticism may ring true for some women, generalizations are never okay. There are single mothers that are beautiful, capable, and individualistic–and they need to believe this in order to continue to be an asset to themselves, their children, and the world.

Be sure to check out the full article and the other great blogs on the site!

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Image by Catrin Welz-Stein


What are dreams?

Shapeless things

that make your heart ache.

It’s dreams that you wish would stop haunting you, the same dreams that keep you alive.

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As summer of ’12 slowly comes to an end…

Leave it to me to get into the spirit of summer just as August rolls into the tide.

Of course we all know that August symbolizes the closing of one summer chapter, and the opening of another school year –back to school, back to routine, back to stress and back to reality. At least for those of us who haven’t quite entered the workforce yet and still have the luxury of a summer break.

So as I was jamming out to this song with my A/C on full blast in traffic, I started to feel very tropical. The immediate thought,  “should I plan a last-minute summer vacation?” No, no…of course I can’t do that!

So instead, I will just make a “top three” list of personally appealing beaches that I most definitely want to consider the next time a vacation is even remotely possible (provided I have the funds and resources to get myself to these destinations). And I will continue to jam out to this fun, summer-y tune while I imagine myself laying in soft, white sand, taking in the sun’s warm embrace, and enjoying my temporary escape.

1) Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire, Wales


2). Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Ley, Thailand


3). Jumeirah Beach, Dubai


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