Is Personal Development Dangerous for Our Mental Health?

*This is the first of many long-form mental health articles that I will be posting to my site. If this is not your interest, that’s fine; you have been warned!*   There seems to be this culture nowadays of “personal development” and “growth mindset” and “self-development“. These are ideas that none of us can escape….

Politically Correct

I just watched the episode of Explained on Netflix that’s about “Political Correctness” and so it inspired me to write my own post about it. Now, in this changing, ever-growing age that we live in, it can be hard to be politically correct. But the way I see it, as long as you’re open-minded and…

Looks Can Be Deceiving…

The reason why I chose to unpack this phrase “looks can be deceiving” today was because I was in my room trying to will myself to leave the house. I almost convinced myself not to go out because the weather looked cold and grey. As a freelancer, blogger, and author, I really don’t have to…

Reasons Why You Don’t Understand Mental Illness

Mental health = the care for and awareness of the mind, mentality, feelings and thoughts that we have Mental illness = a disorder, impairment, dysfunction, or illness of the mind (brain) I was thinking the other day about how it is that some people still can’t wrap their heads around mental health and mental illness,…

What A Panel of Black Authors Meant for Me

On Tuesday this week, I was able to hear authors Tomi Adeyemi (pictured with me above), Yomi Adegoke, and Elizabeth Uviebinene talk at a bookstore. These authors all had one thing in common – they were black, and they were Nigerian. It was a euphoric experience! I’m not the kind of woman (and never was…

Identity Labels That We Need to Remove

*This is a controversial blog post, I know. I am saying, or at least trying to, that labels can be damaging and that we need to be careful when using them…* Here are the biggest labels that we use on one another to try to categorise and “understand” one another better: White Black Asian Mixed…

Who Are You, Aside From…

Who are you aside from your race? Who are you aside from your nationality? Who are you aside from your sexual orientation? Who are you aside from your job? Who are you aside from your parental or marital status? Who are you aside from your bank account? Because in truth, none of these things give…