While I Understand Their Frustrations, I’ll Never Understand Their Vote

While I Understand Their Frustrations, I’ll Never Understand Their Vote

It goes without saying that I’m surprised by the outcome of this election. My surprise quickly turned into sadness, anger, and hopelessness. Which was hard to swallow, because the night before I was hopeful. I even wrote about it. I took the day after the election to feel sad. It was my right to feel sad. So … Read More

Today I Have Hope

Today I Have Hope

Today is finally the day. On the surface, it feels like I’ve been waiting a year and a half for this day, but truly I’ve been waiting 25 years. America has been waiting centuries. It’s Election Day, but more importantly, it’s the first time Americans saw a female presidential nominee from one of the two major … Read More

Red Nail Polish And Feminine Pride: I Gave Myself Permission To Be A Proud Black Femme

Red Nail Polish And Feminine Pride: I Gave Myself Permission To Be A Proud Black Femme

When I was about four or five years old, I was obsessed with my mom’s makeup. I was enamored with her nail polish in particular. I used to sneak up to her bedroom when she was downstairs and paint my nails like I saw on TV. I was enamored by the color, the texture, even … Read More

Diverse As The Color Wheel: This is What Non-Binary Looks Like

Diverse As The Color Wheel: This is What Non-Binary Looks Like

People complain there are more genders than there are Pokémon types. We don’t scrutinize the rainbow for giving us a variety of nuanced shades to color the pictures we see. Getting beyond the binary is not just helpful for trans and queer folks, it benefits everyone. First, let’s be clear that the non-binary gender spectrum … Read More

A Recipe for Life: A Dash of Silver Lining

A Recipe for Life: A Dash of Silver Lining

My life is nothing like I imagined it to be. Exactly 3 years ago I was planning to continue living in Poland and to become a translator. Meanwhile, I moved to Chicago, got married, and started a website with traditional recipes. I hope my story, while sad at times, will be interesting and maybe even … Read More

Have No Fear, You’re Not Alone

Have No Fear, You’re Not Alone

For my first two years out of college I worked at an education reform nonprofit that was focused on amplifying diverse voices in education. It was my first “real” job and I felt very much out of place. After my first day, which was also our first staff meeting, I went home and cried. “It doesn’t … Read More