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How to Make My Famous Crunch Wraps! This video, by Anastasia Karanikolaou, widely known as Kylie Jenner’s best friend, was my coping mechanism of choice during a major breakdown a while back. I felt tired, hopeless, and out of ideas for how to grow my business. In other words, I was experiencing entrepreneurial burnout, and somehow, watching this girl make crunchy tacos in her spacious, L.A. home was a soothing distraction for me.

Once I finished watching the video though, I knew I had to return to the reality of my own hustle.


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Before I deleted my Facebook account, I briefly came across my former best friend’s sister’s profile (funny where Facebook leads you) and I saw an announcement she posted regarding her ten-year class reunion. She was her senior class president, so it’s technically her job to organize the event. For clarity purposes, we’ll call my former best friend’s sister Lucy.

When I saw Lucy’s post, immediately, I thought to myself, I’d never go to my class’s ten-year reunion. What would I have to talk about with my former classmates? Moreover, whose class reunion would I even attend given the fact that…


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These days, deleting social media is perceived as something shocking; isolating. I’ll admit, it does seem scary to consider removing ourselves from these grand, social circles; at least it was for me. How will we keep up with friends’ birthdays? How will we find acquaintances’ information when we come to visit their city or country? What will we do when we go to an astonishing place but we don’t have a following to share these “moments” with? These are the burning questions of our time.

Have we ever considered asking ourselves a different set of questions though, such as the…


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I hate complaining. I don’t like victimization either. Especially as a young, freelance writer, I choose to have a fearless attitude towards an indifferent journalism industry, whose editors often prefer the work of critically acclaimed staff writers who have already covered the subjects I wish to further unpack. Despite all of that, I persist, demonstrating that my perspectives are unique and that my stories are worth being read. I have to believe that I’m worth it.

I’ve applied similar logic to racism. I’ve come to a space in my life where I’ve accepted that this world operates in a Eurocentric…


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Since the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey conducted by SkiDriven.com of U.S.-based respondents has found that 72 percent of Americans still plan on traveling in 2020, whereas 91 percent are more likely to travel domestically than internationally. Given the current bans on American visitors in the European Union due to the persistent surge of cases in the U.S., more citizens are exploring states they may have overlooked or shoveled into their low priority list of seeing one day.

In addition, the New York Times discusses the booming business of vanlife, asserting how dozens of new companies are selling and renting…


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Does anyone remember when virtual teaching or any virtual job seemed exotic? Before the infamous Covid-19 yanked the rug of order and feigned tolerance from underneath the world’s feet, being an online teacher was my dream. Before making that transition in my career, I was working as an underpaid Teacher’s Assistant in a Kindergarten classroom who arrived home with aching feet and an exasperated, exhausted soul that felt like chewed up gum.

Before long, I quit my job and started tutoring English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language Arts to a wide range of age groups on Wyzant


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At one point, I couldn’t catch a break with dance. I was performing a new dance routine and was hungry for bookings. Then, with a sudden quickness, the virus blew out the world’s flame and everything went dark (except grocery stores). Although businesses are steadily reopening, there’s still no major Latin Dance events to look forward to; no performances scheduled; no local socials in sight; nothing. In the meantime, I’ve been trying to resuscitate the same drive I had before to dance but it’s buried under months of isolation, which made me think of world-renowned dancers. How are those whose…


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Yes! Finally! I have time to write! I thought during the first week of the global lockdown. Yes, I too, thought I was going to consistently read, exercise and most importantly, write my way to greatness through this pandemic. Time passed however, and my expectations have significantly relaxed. Adapting to a society saturated in anxiety has become the new normal.

Why, though, hasn’t accepting the idea that every day won’t be a huge achievement, be my “new normal” too?

Now that social activities have been banned, there is essentially no excuse not to invest effort into manifesting myself into who I want to be. For weeks, I have felt the nauseating whirlpool of ideas for articles, art projects, and…

Selina Speaks

Back-up dancer for Beyonce. A lover of novels and languages.

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