Empowered Women Empower Others

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I’ve spent the last two months reflecting on my life and what I want from it. The last 1.5 years of my life were spent hustling so hard that I didn’t have time for myself. I had so much on my plate that I was at the verge of burning out, and I was slowly forgetting what I was chasing after to begin with.

Learning to balance out my life has been a struggle, but I finally feel like I’m starting to grasp it better. Working out every day for at least half an hour has kept me in check. Whether it’s after school or after work, I am now motivated to come home at a decent time to go to the gym so I can end the night feeling satisfied after a relaxing shower.

While I’ve been working on myself this past few months, I’ve been soaking up as much inspiration as I can to motivate myself to get back up on my feet and create content again.  Seeing courageous women making a difference in this world is what keeps me driven. Namely Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of recent the Florida school shooting, who is now the face of a national movement called “Never Again,” as a senior in high school. Hijabi YouTuber Dina Tokio released a groundbreaking documentary called “Your Average Muslim,” and Noor Tagouri, a hijabi journalist, recently released a three-part documentary series shining light on the sex trade industry in America. The teachers, law enforcement and healthcare workers who dedicate their lives to helping others, as well as the mothers who are raising the future generations, keep me inspired.

Not too long ago, women didn’t have the right to vote, get a credit card, or even use contraceptives. So much has changed since then, and with women fighting for their rights and for humanity, it’s possible that we can change much more. It’s important to support the successes of all these amazing women, because their success is not your failure. Empowered women empower women.

New York Bound and Newly Found

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First thing’s first, let’s talk about how fast this summer has swung by. Life took over and the next thing I knew, I hadn’t blogged in months. College has me back in the rhythm of things and this fall weather is looking oh, so good. Hold your horses. It’s not boot season yet, folks.

So what have I been up to lately? Don’t worry, I wasn’t just lazing around all summer long on my couch binge watching Grey’s, as tempting as that sounds. I wouldn’t be putting this baby on the backburner if it wasn’t something big. If you’ve been following me on Instagram and Snapchat (@rafafarihah), then you should know that I was spending my time as a news video intern at BuzzFeed New York. That’s right. New York City. You know, the concrete jungle where dreams are made of?