Staff

Georgia St. Jones
Janie Contreras Johnson
Thania

Contributors:
Kelly Duarte
Lily Ren
Sanjana
Nataline Ziola

Founding Editor-in-Chief:
Shannen Roberts


Name: Georgia St. Jones
Pronouns: She/Her
Insta: @georgiastjones
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Introduce yourself in one sentence:
A California broke girl using music, art, and literature as a way to be universal.
Tell me about mind obstacles you have or had.

Depression and anxiety. So basically, I want to do everything but get too mentally exhausted to do everything, then get anxious about things not getting done.
What do you do for self-care or self-help?
There are a lot things I do for myself, but the most prominent thing would have to be allowing myself to relax. I snuggle in my bed, I close my eyes, and I let myself daydream about whatever I want, no matter how weird or unattainable and it helps me to get the energy to get through the day. Daydreaming also helps my creative process.
What is your ideal self-love date?
I put on something that makes me feel cute and I go out socializing by myself. It’s been helpful in progressing as an artist, and as a person overall, for me to put myself into the world with no crutch and to almost train myself in being an extrovert. So, I get in a positive mindset, tell myself that I’m going to have a good time, and then I do just that.
Who are your role models?
The people I surround myself with all influence and inspire me in some way. My family, my friends, and even new people I meet, I feel, all have something positive for me to admire.
What is your favorite music?
Anything made with passion, really. “Diddy Bop” by Noname, “Simple Kind of Life” by NoDoubt, “Dark Red” by Steve Lacy, “The Base” by Enrique Jesus Hernandez, “For The Damaged Coda” by Blonde Redhead.
What are your passions?
Creativity and living in my truth regardless of how difficult it can be sometimes.
Goal you’re trying to reach?
In terms of short term, I have multiple goals regarding my music, art, and writing. But when it comes to the big picture my goal is serve my purpose on this earth as efficiently as I can, whatever that purpose may be.
Advice for others?
Do your best to be the most important person in your life. Take care of yourself the same way you would someone you love.
— See her latest posts
here.

Name: Janie Contreras Johnson
Pronouns: She/Her
Insta: @janiesmells
Introduce yourself in one sentence: I’m a Mexican-American feminist working constantly to overcome sexual and childhood trauma.
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Tell me about mind obstacles you have or had.
I struggle most with C-PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
What do you do for self-care or self-help?
Self-care: I love to do my nails, read poetry or true crime books, or learn about myself through others’ movies, writing, and music lyrics.
Self-help: I’m a big fan of therapy, both individual and group types. One of my biggest struggles was feeling isolated, but exposing myself to people who can understand and relate has helped me immensely.
What is your ideal self-love date?
Throwing on Goodfellas or Death Wish 3 and smearing on a face mask or playing around with makeup.
Who are your role models?
Courtney Love for her brash and unapologetic femininity, Charles Bukowski for his honesty, Roseanne Barr for her humor and strength, and Kanye West for his ability to be shamelessly himself.
What is your favorite music?
I love a lot of different kinds of music, but I tend to gravitate the most to alternative rock (and I have a strong attachment to 90s grunge). Currently I’m discovering the magic that is Bruce Springsteen while I take in his entire catalogue.
What are your passions?
Collecting old, weird, antique books and memorabilia, drawing in my sketch diary, and taking in art in all its forms.
Goal you’re trying to reach?
“Before my death I hope to obtain my life.” – Charles Bukowski
My ultimate goal is to mend the broken places in me and make them stronger. My life has been largely impacted by the decisions of others; I couldn’t control my circumstances in childhood, so I work every day to improve my future.
Advice for others?
Don’t settle for what is good enough for other people. Healing, growing, and living are all a process. No one else can dictate what the “correct” path is for you. Some things work for many, some things don’t, but what is most important is that it helps you.
— Contact Janie via Instagram @TheStrangeisBeautiful. See her latest posts here.


Name: Thania
Pronouns: She/Her
Insta: @luci.azul.art
Introduce yourself in one sentence:
Quiet and mostly likely more observant than you :D
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Tell me about mind obstacles you have or had.
I’ve struggled with bipolar disorder and social anxiety since I was a teenager. I was diagnosed when I was 24. At the age of 27, I am on the road through recovery.
What do you do for self-care or self-help?
Writing in my journal or doing a brain dump on paper always helps with untangling all my messy thoughts. Running helps with my anxiety, and drawing is a way of giving myself control during hectic moments in life.
What is your ideal self-love date?
Going to a quiet area filled with trees so that I can paint what’s around me.|
Who are your role models?
My mother for her perseverance, and my siblings for their ability to punch whatever shit life throws at them. Also, Carrie Fischer and Stevie Nicks.
What is your favorite music?
To be honest, I listen to everything, but I mostly listen to new wave/post-punk, hip hop, and alternative rock. One of my favorite songs is Hybrid Rainbow by The Pillows.
What are your passions?
I’m still navigating through life and trying to figure out what to do in it. I’m getting closer, but I’m still not quite there. The ability to create and to spread awareness are my two greatest passions.
Goal you’re trying to reach?
I’m trying to feel comfortable in my own skin, and I’d like to write a novel someday.
Advice for others?
It’s important to build your confidence and to embrace who you are as a human being. Even if you have a little bit of confidence just run with it and you will grow.


Name: Kelly Duarte
Pronouns: She/Her
Insta: @kellyduartewrites / Twitter: @kellydwrites
Introduce yourself in one sentence:
Guatemalan-American writer and artist that’s really into pop culture (probably too much).

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Tell me about mind obstacles you have or had.
Social anxiety and depression.
What do you do for self-care or self-help?
Hot showers, talking long walks, drinking tea, painting my nails
What is your ideal self-love date?
Self love is me spending the night in. Watching Netflix and eating pizza until three in the morning. It’s even better when it’s rainy outside.
Who are your role models?
I don’t really have any specific role models but nothing motivates me more than seeing other people have really great work habits and a passion for reaching their goals.
What is your favorite music?
I love all genres of music. Some of my favorite bands/artists are Calle 13, The Smiths, The Killers, Childish Gambino and M83
What are your passions?
One of my biggest passions is writing. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid and it’s one of the few things I’m good at. I also love travelling and documenting the places that I go through writing and photography.
Goal you’re trying to reach?
My goal is to eventually get a book published. Right now, I want to get into an MFA program for Creative Writing.
Advice for others?
Try not to stress about little things. Never lose track of your goals and where you want to go in life. Also it’s not your job to please others, make sure you’re happy first.
— See her latest posts here.


Name: Lily Ren
Pronouns: She/Her
Insta: @lilyyren and @lilyrenmusic (for my singing videos)
Introduce yourself in one sentence:
I’m an introverted girl who has a lot of opinions.

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Tell me about mind obstacles you have or had.
Social anxiety and self-identity issues.
What do you do for self-care or self-help?
I run to release all of the stress that builds up inside of me. I also sometimes sing at the top of my lungs. It helps a lot.
What is your ideal self-love date?
My ideal self-love date is being by myself, where I am curled up in my bed watching Netflix.
Who are your role models?
My mom is my role model because she has taught me so much about life, and I know that she will always be there to support me through anything. I also admire Janelle Monáe because she is such an authentic and strong woman who unconditionally fights for what she believes in, whether that be racial equality, feminism, or LGBT rights.
What is your favorite music?
I love listening to electronic music, Spanish music (!!!), and also iconic popular songs from any decade of the 20th century.
What are your passions?
I really love to sing, and I actually just started to get out of my comfort zone and started singing in front of people. I also enjoy writing because it’s sort of like an escape from reality and a form of therapy. I especially love creative writing because I get to tell stories and make up a life that isn’t mine.
Goal you’re trying to reach?
I want to learn how to truly love myself and be more confident. I often find myself worrying about how other people feel, and I realize that I never really care about my own needs.
Advice for others?
Try not to stress or overthink things because it won’t do anything except negatively affect your emotional and mental health. Take things one step at a time, and if something is out of your control, then just go with the flow and see where life takes you.


Name: Sanjana
Pronouns: She/Her
Twitter: @sanj4na
Introduce yourself in one sentence:
An introverted extrovert who’s passionate about writing, mental health, and the Oxford comma.

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Tell me about mind obstacles you have or had.
I used to struggle with social anxiety.
 What do you do for self-care or self-help?
I usually vent to a friend who will understand and give myself time to destress and reflect.
 What is your ideal self-love date?
Spending the night in and watching the West Wing on Netflix until I fall asleep.
 Who are your role models?
I look up to people who are passionate and genuine about what they do. Some people I admire are Joan Didion, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Michelle Obama.
 What is your favorite music?
My music taste is all over the place and I love discovering new music. Some of my favorite bands and artists are Bleachers, The National, and Lorde. I also love listening to Broadway soundtracks.
 What are your passions?
I love writing, reading, taking pictures, watching movies, trying new foods, and exploring different places.
 Goal you’re trying to reach?
My ultimate goal is to spread warmth and positive thoughts.
 Advice for others?
Take some time everyday to compliment yourself, whether it is about the work you’re doing, your body, your strength, or anything else. Taking that time to appreciate yourself is one of the simplest, yet most influential, changes you can make to your daily routine.

Name: Nataline Ziola
Pronouns: She/Her
Insta/Twitter: @natalineziola
Introduce yourself in one sentence:
A bi-racial writer who loves Marvel, pizza, and the beach.

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Tell me about mind obstacles you have or had.
I’ve struggled with depression.
What do you do for self-care or self-help?
I work out! I play soccer and football which is a lot of fun and a great stress reliever.
What is your ideal self-love date?
Just making a smoothie, doing a facemask, and lying down to watch a movie.
Who are your role models?
My mom is my number one.  She’s been through so much in her life but she’s one of the strongest people I know.
What is your favorite music?
I listen to a lot of different kinds of music (besides country) but my favorite band is the 1975.
What are your passions?
Writing, sports, traveling, and trying to reach my goal of going into the Navy!
Goal you’re trying to reach?
I really just want to try to enjoy this life as much as possible.  I want to experience as much as I can and see as much of the world as possible.
Advice for others?
Don’t miss out on the small things!  Go on as many adventures as possible with people you truly love.  Things have a way of working themselves out, don’t worry.