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Paris, France. Photo by @raphaelmetivet.

TW/CW: trauma, depression, social isolation, death

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a piece here in my writing space and I must say, I’m delighted to be back. If you’ve decided to spend a moment with me by reading this article, I thank you for sharing your time with me.

It goes without saying that the year we just experienced was full of simultaneous highs and lows. On one hand, some of us may have been forced apart from our loved ones, and we were faced with the reality that we collectively lost (and continue to lose) a…

I wanted to take a moment to write something out on here that can capture my thoughts, emotions, and experience of the last two weeks. In other words: That’s it folks I’m really growing up now.

I remember the moment I first thought about a life where I would be in charge of how it goes. It was the moment I knew without a doubt that singing would be my path and to get there, I’d need to grow and develop in many ways. I remember sitting on my bed and thinking to myself: “God, at some point you’re going…

Gratitude is not overrated.

I’d like to kick off this follow-up article with a massive thank you to everyone for the response to my last one. To say the least, I was not expecting or emotionally prepared for that amount of love. Whether you commented publicly or privately, know that it touched my heart and I take none of those messages for granted. My life has seriously taken off in unforeseen directions and I can honestly say I’m struggling to keep up with its new pace. …

Let me tell you how.

It is currently 11:03pm on May 26th here in downtown Toronto. I’m sitting out on my balcony in front of City Hall in the middle of TO’s financial district, thinking intently about the metaphor I’m about to delve into.

The economy fascinates me. Wall Street fascinates me. It’s so volatile that I can’t help but be sucked into the sensationalist narrative. The state of today’s global financial affairs is changing as drastically as Canadian weather, and that’s saying something. …

One click will change your life.

As you sneak into the kitchen of your home in Ottawa at 13 years old with the intention of using your father’s laptop to create your first social media account, I want you to understand and acknowledge a few things.

Facebook is not the central element of your life and will not bring you closer to the human connection you so badly want to feel with the rest of your peers. That kind of closeness is only built with true human contact and it’s not because you’re not feeling loved by the people around…

Say that ten times fast.

Do the words “self-care” and “online” even go in the same sentence? You know what, yeah they do. Despite all the negative sensationalist things that come about, there are some very clear benefits to being online and I, like many others, have been truly impacted by people who choose to share powerful stories with the world. So how do I practice self-care online and what do I recommend? Lemme tell ya real quick.

  1. Inspiration Station: One of the things I love to do is look at the artistic works of my idols and see their…

This is new for me.

Okay so as a marked departure from my critique of humanity and the mildly depressing stuff that comes with all of that “rah rah” rally for transformation, I change tack.

Beauty influencers should be familiar to most by now. You know, the humans on Instagram that are so beautiful they are likened to goddesses and queens? Exactly those ones. They’re so good at convincing you that you need 5 different face powders, a lipstick to go ON TOP of your lipstick, a cream highlighter to go under your powder highlighter, you get the picture. So…

Alya Béjaoui

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