Writing off borders through poetry and self development. M.Ed graduate and founder of Without Borders publication for writers who love to push their boundaries

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I have been obsessed with journals and planners lately. I can’t seem to get anything done when it is not hand-written in my journal or planner. I keep two Journals, a planner, and the notes app on my iPhone.

I have to admit that I have been paying more attention to journals and how the practice of journaling can increase your levels of focus and help reduce anxiety. Now, I can’t say that this is a proven fact but it is a true observation of my own life. I am less anxious when my mind is not constantly thinking about…


Learning to be fully present and taking control over your day

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I used to be an absent-minded driver. This is true in the literal sense that there have been many times I have driven in traffic, lost in my own thoughts. It is also true in the figurative sense that there have been many times I have started my day lost in thought, gone about my work lost in thought, and returned back home still consumed with my thoughts.

At what point in your day do you stop to take note of your thoughts? What do you constantly think about and why?

With a million ideas and to-do lists running through…


Become a doer not a dreamer

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If you are an idealist like me then you live constantly in your head, daydreaming, planning, thinking and hoping for the life you want to live. However, in actuality, you find yourself anxious and maybe frustrated when your everyday routines do not align with the goals and plans you have for the future.

When my everyday routines and habits don’t align with my goals, I become anxious about the future.

For example, one of my goals is to spend an hour reading and journaling first thing in the morning. Ideally, I plan to wake up at 5 am, an hour…


is vogue

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They manufacture parts
of a black woman’s body.
Place her under knife and chain
and watch how naturally anesthetic she is.

A dose of her melanin eludes pain, suffering,
and loss

The attraction to her otherness
has always been so intoxicating
Her soil forms the earth
making mountains, deserts
and streams places in which her
body has traveled
or been left to dry when she can’t
ward off bees for wanting to colonize
and steal her nectar.

Her body will put women under knife and pain
just to look like her

Her lips didn’t always seem so appealing but of…


Our Anniversary Magazine Issue!!!

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We are heading towards the last week of February and for us it is an exciting time as we begin the work of putting together the second issue of the Without Borders Magazine due to be released late March.

The first time we went about creating a magazine, we had no idea where to start. However, our creative process was driven by the amazing stories, poems, and experiences shared by our community of writers. If you dowloaded, purchase or read our first issue of the Without Borders Magazine then you know this to be true: Every design element or visual…


Why should we accept to remain as nobodies?

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A time like this last year I had no idea that I would start this publication. I joined medium in January of 2019 but did not commit to writing until September of the same year. Up until that point, I had made a few attempts at starting blogs outside of medium but with the large writing community here I was convinced this had to be the place to start.

I shared a lot of poetry and stories inspired by my own immigrant background but couldn’t really find a publication on medium that published these kinds of stories. I was further…


On Race and Identity

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Featured stories on Race and Identity

Personal borders are borders of self identity — limits to who we are, what we can do and who we can be in this world. They are often borders we impose on ourselves or the world imposes on us.

Identity as defined on dictionary.com includes the the qualities, beliefs, personality, looks and/or expressions that make a person or a group of people(collective identity as pre-eminent in sociology)”.

Identity can be a personal border. There are aspects about our identity we can’t change — perhaps your race, where you are born and to whom you are born. …


A thank you note

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This is a thank you note back to you Priyanka Srivastava

What makes a home?

is it the brown of my body soaked in Chai tea
or is it the reminder that I didn’t pack enough of myself,
and my country to last the length of immigration.

Where is home in this new body,
this new country where the tongue is
mistaken between language and accents
and the things we try to hold as souvenirs of home.

When will I be home caught between two worlds and a longing to belong somewhere, to be someone in nobody’s land but the…


The benefits of journaling

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Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s newsletter. We are nearing the end of the first month of 2021 and it is sobering.

Are you still working on your goals? What are some of the challenges you are having in having a successful start of the year? How is the start of this year different from the start of last year? What is your emotional, mental and physical state at this time of the year?

Our next issue of the Without Borders Magazine hopes to be a collective journal of our thoughts, feelings and experiences of 2020 in order to…


The power you have as a writer and poet.

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Amanda Gorman reciting poem at the U.S. presidential Inauguration The New York Times

Words have power. They have the power to heal, to unite and to give us hope. It is exactly what U.S. Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, gave us this past few days. Hope for a future where we strive to move forward inspite of our grievances. A future where we are united in hope for the healing of the world. With everything that we have suffered, we needed to hear the following words.

Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true: That even as we grieved, we grew That even as we hurt, we hoped That even as we…

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