January 31


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By Odyssa

January 31, 2021

Screenshot by the author

I hated writing assignments.  

In school, we had to write a reflection paper about Sunday's church service. I struggled to get words out and pretended like I listened to the pastor. 

My reflection papers were pretentious. The reason...it wasn't ME. It was something I NEEDED to do so I can pass a subject. 

Now, writing brings so much joy to me that whether I write an article for Medium, a caption for an Instagram post or a side project, I try to be as genuine as I can be. No teachers to please, and it's no longer graded!

When I write, I want to paint a picture of what I see. What my heart wants to say is on GirlTellMe, a website for writers. Read the full article here: 

An Open Letter To The Loved One That's Far Away

'Though you're far, you give me no reason to doubt your intentions, words, and actions. You trust me with your life story, your struggles, your political opinion, and the secrets you've kept for so long. With you, I feel safe.'

This article was first published here.

Big thanks to Nikki for accepting this somewhat somber article. I lost all hope a few weeks after submitting my pitch and then there it was!

Follow them on Instagram. Creator, Nikki Frias, is hilarious. 

Here's to writing from our hearts!

Screenshot from Girltellme.com IG page by the author.


About the author

Odyssa is a writer from the Philippines. She is the author of Like A New Sun Rising: A Collection of Poems on Love. When not working or writing at home, she's out walking their dogs. She enjoys traveling, practices yoga, gets lost in books and Korean drama. To her, making time for a daily practice or ritual is the best gift to one's self.

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