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Hi everyone.

I hope everyone is staying safe, healthy, and most importantly, happy during these times.

It’s been a long time since I wrote a personal blog. Partially, because I’ve been swamped in college essays but also because I’m too intimidated to put things out and I have lately been feeling lost in my own headspace.

Starting off, Brooke and I created Hiraeth to be a safe place to let out our feelings in a way we enjoy the most: writing. I wrote from my heart and put out pieces that I was passionate about and didn’t think twice about what other people would think about my writing. But Hiraeth has grown since then, and I’m so happy that what started off as a home for our thoughts, has literally expanded into a global virtual community, reaching people from our city of Santa Clarita to people in Hyderabad, India. I could not be more grateful.

The truth is, I’ve been struggling to write things because I’m afraid of what people would think of me. I’m scared of what people say behind my back about writing, or if they think what I’m writing about is stupid, or if I’m just not good enough. But after a long break and the entire college application process, I’ve realized that as long as I’m happy and proud of what I write - that’s all that matters. I still have a lot of room to grow and I’m still navigating my voice and my own thoughts (as we all are), but instead of avoiding writing for Hiraeth altogether, I am going to become a lot more active and put out pieces straight from my heart, just like I did at the beginning of this wild ride.

Anyways, long story short, I needed some time to realize that, so thank you to all of our readers for being a part of this journey. I’m so excited to be back!

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