Posts by Dee

Dear Writer,

Posted on 21/04/2018

Don’t quit. Don’t stop. Don’t doubt. Your words are special. Your words are valuable. Even if it’s just for yourself, don’t stop. No matter how many readers you get, no matter how many people acknowledge you or criticize you, don’t you dare stop. There is someoneĀ  that wants to hear you. I once heard that writing is like having an accent. Well, your writing is unique and the words you pen are as important as anyone else’s.

Don’t look for accolades or view counts. Write because you enjoy it. Write because it takes away stress. Write because it’s who you are. Even if only you understand that simple truth, keep writing. The minute you stop believing you can, you won’t. Be vulnerable, be raw, be authentic. Your voice is yours and you can’t properly emulate someone else’s.

Stay true to yourself, work hard if you must and celebrate yourself even if you’re the only one doing so. Don’t chase money or fame. Don’t forget the reason why you started writing. Chase the dreams that inspire you to write. And if you must, give yourself a break. All bestselling authors began with a rough draft.

My Beloved City

Posted on 29/08/2017

prayingforhoustonMy heart is aching for this city I call home. I left for two years, fell in love all over again and couldn’t wait to be back home! I must’ve danced my happiest dance the minute my plane landed a year ago, for good. There was and will never be a place like home; like Houston. I longed to be home where my heart was, the city that welcomed me and my family more than 19 years ago. We arrived in Houston just as a tornado touched down and I was terrified. Almost asked my parents if we could go back… but I soon discovered why so many immigrants like my family had come to call this beautiful city their own. It’s full of color, culture, love and a whole lot of heart. Houston is family.

Houstonians are not only hospitable but compassionate folks. We are capable of doing anything for those we call our own. If you’re a Houstonian, you’re fam. And we’ve got resilience to face any trial, together! Never mind what they say about our crazy driving and awful traffic, we’re still got that Southern charm through it all.

So when a persistent and pesky hurricane, terrifying tornadoes (and daunting warnings/watches), and more than 900 million gallons of water rushes our streets and floods the homes, businesses and hospitals, we’ve got the grit to make it through this. Thank you to the courageous and selfless volunteers, rescue workers and citizens who give of themselves for their neighbors. Good Samaritans that you are, your blessing will come in throes! And Houston, we will make it through. Slowly perhaps, but surely.

God help us all.

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