On Hold

By: Gabriela Yareliz I just walked by a hot, steamy pile of trash this morning. If there is a perfect way to start a New York Monday, that’s it. On the bright side, I barely missed a pigeon dropping, right in front of me, and the train pulled right into the station, when I walkedContinue reading “On Hold”

What do you see?

By: Gabriela Yareliz I was sitting in court when a court staff member sat beside me. He asked me how my weekend had gone, and told me that now that I am young, I should make sure each weekend is the best weekend I ever had. I smiled politely, taking a break from my NewContinue reading “What do you see?”

Following Coach Orders

By: Gabriela Yareliz Coaches, lifestyle and career coaches alike, do it. They make you say and write things. They make you act on things. They force you to visualize and strategize. There is this thing where you write out your purpose. It’s like your own personal mission statement, if you will. It’s about who youContinue reading “Following Coach Orders”

Transformation

“Change is inevitable, but transformation is a conscious choice.” Heather Ash Amara By: Gabriela Yareliz The quote above has been my lock screen wallpaper now, for months. (Thank you The Chalkboard Mag!) It has been a sort of theme in my life. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7) KingContinue reading “Transformation”

Those New Year Vibes

“Being positive in a negative situation is not naive. It’s leadership.”  By: Gabriela Yareliz It’s freezing, guys. Seriously. Like, it feels like -14F. The snow cyclone almost blew me away, yesterday. Literally. But I am still here. *grin* I was exhausted on my walk from the train to my apartment. I almost knelt in theContinue reading “Those New Year Vibes”

Motives

“Every news consumer should be on guard against flimsy arguments or tendentious cuts. We can and should question journalists’ motives. But, if we demand that journalists have no motives at all, we’ll be forced to outsource the job to algorithms and drones, which are— so far, at least— even less thoughtful than humans.” Andrew Marantz,Continue reading “Motives”

Thoughts on Grace

By: Gabriela Yareliz As people who have had their fair share of disappointments or hurts, we often reflect and then adopt an attitude that says, “I shall not be fooled again.” Most people see it as a virtue to expect the worst from people. (Especially in places that just drag the cynicism out of youContinue reading “Thoughts on Grace”

Shifa Gardi

Remembering Kurdish journalist Shifa Gardi. She was a passionate journalist following a lead to find abandoned ISIS mass graves. She was killed by a roadside bomb during the battle for Mosul in Iraq, this year. We will not forget her passion, courage and pursuit of truth and justice. Her legacy lives on. It is peopleContinue reading “Shifa Gardi”

All Right

By: Gabriela Yareliz “You’re all right, now,” my friend’s text message read after I told her about my morning. “Go home and have a good cry.” I couldn’t. I needed to go to work. Weirdly, I didn’t feel like crying to release all the tension that had built up in me. I also didn’t feelContinue reading “All Right”

Heavenly Interviews

By: Gabriela Yareliz Those of you who have been reading for years may remember my journalism studies days. (An old  comical blog post is linked for your enjoyment). I would wander around trying to find a quiet place to interview people. One recent Sabbath afternoon, my friends and I were talking about what heaven wouldContinue reading “Heavenly Interviews”