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Maybe My Mental Illness is Forever

By default, I used to believe mental illness could be cured. Just as I, whenever someone was sick, always thought that there exists a cure out there for that illness. But maybe my mental illness is forever. Maybe I will…

Choosing Simple Over “Successful”: A Love Story

  Today I will attempt to tell you the story of how I finally figured out what I want to do for the rest of my life. For some reason, this is also the story of how I found the…

Two Girls, One Channel is here!

Two Girls, One Channel is a video podcast channel about sex, sexuality, adulthood and the important things in life. We, your hosts Jean Lau and Trisha O’Bannon, invite you to join our conversations as we delve into topics generally still…

A Change of Heart on Motherhood

This post was supposed to be called “To Mothers, from an Unloved Daughter” and unfold as a cautionary tale. But I went to see my mom last weekend and had a change of heart about a lot of things. What…

On Climbing Out of Poverty and Dealing with Career Rejection

I usually write posts for Growing Up MNL from a position of wisdom and experience, which has caused a little bit of a crisis on my end. Since February, I’ve been nursing a kind of writer’s block rooted in self-doubt…

Success, Self-Worth and Leaving Social Media

Hello! It’s been a while, hey. Today’s post is just going to be a casual chat. I’d like to catch up and share with you my recent struggles and what leaving social media has been like for my mental health.…

Lessons From My Lovers

I realize I’m late for Valentine’s Day, but I didn’t want to be cliché. Haha! Just kidding, it just took me forever to write this. (I planned to post something at least once a week because blogger tips say consistency…