In fact, most of it probably won’t

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As writers, it is our job to take our thoughts, ideas, perspectives, opinions, and arguments and form them into an eloquent stream of words that our audience can connect with.

We put a countless number of hours, days, and weeks into a single piece of writing that will hopefully resonate with our readers.

We long to reach a substantial volume of people who are so moved by our words that, in an instant, it spreads like wildfire.

We want to be heard.

But, that’s not the case for everybody

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Last year, when COVID-19 first hit the U.S., my company — along with many others — enforced a work-from-home mandate. Then, last Summer we decided to terminate the lease on our Manhattan office and essentially became fully-remote (at least, for the foreseeable future).

That is, up until a few weeks ago.

Upper management recently announced that after, what seems like a very long search, we’ve finally locked in a new office location and they’re anticipating that employees can return back to the office this Fall. Of course, this news didn’t come without some differences in opinion.

I’ve chatted with several…

I just hope that someday, we can get to a place where people don’t make such assumptions based on the color of your skin

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I just returned from a week-long vacation with my husband’s family where we went down the shore to the very bottom of New Jersey. Though it was a bit of a far drive from where my husband and I live in Brooklyn, we’re originally from the state of New Jersey, so it’s not like we were really embarking on uncharted territory.

I had never gone on a beach vacation with my family growing up, let alone for that long of a time, so I was looking forward to this family vacation.

Somewhere around day two or three, we were leaving…

In the past, I would have called myself lazy or been disappointed with myself

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We’re already one week into July and it’s pretty hard to believe how quickly time is going by now that COVID-19 has slowly become less of a threat than it was in previous months — at least, for the United States it has.

Summer is now at its peak in the U.S. and things have finally started returning to some state of normalcy again — or as close to “normal” as normal can get.

People are starting to go out more and becoming more comfortable with socializing with peers again. And with that being said, the routines that we adopted…

I wish I could have had that too

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It’s been nine months since I got married and at the time of my wedding, Covid-19 was still very much a big threat — wearing masks was still being heavily enforced, big gatherings were still widely restricted, and vaccines weren’t anywhere near ready yet.

No one had a single clue of what the future would hold and so, my husband and I did our very best with the information that we had at hand.

Against all odds, we got married. And it was the best day of my life.

We had a small, intimate wedding with only our immediate family…

I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with this particular holiday anymore for the rest of my life

Father’s Day is right around the corner and on any normal given year, I would be frantically scouring the internet right now searching for the best gift ideas or deals on some sort of electronic or gadget that my sister and I can buy for our Dad. However, this year is not a normal year.

This year isn’t like years past because this will be the very first Father’s Day that we have to experience without our Dad being here to celebrate with us. This year, Father’s Day will be a particularly depressing one.

My Dad has always received the…

Being able to get our emotions out in one place is extremely important towards not only our mental health, but also our overall well-being

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I’ve been finding it extremely difficult to explain to people how bad things have been in my life lately — how emotionally, physically, and mentally draining each and every single day has been. After my Dad was diagnosed with cancer in 2020 and then his passing just two months ago, every day has just felt like an uphill battle.

Whenever I get the classic question of, “How are you doing?”, instead of simply listing out every pain point and struggle that’s been going on in my life, I just take a deep breath, put on a forced smile, and say…

Or am I just pivoting towards the new norm?

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The other day, I downloaded an app called “Nextdoor” after I received a letter in the mail from someone in my neighborhood who was encouraging people who recently moved into the area to join. Curious by the somewhat ambiguous invitation, I took a leap of faith and joined.

Feeling a bit like the new kid in class who just transferred schools, I nervously, yet eagerly, introduced myself — I joined a few neighborhood social groups and started up a few conversations with folks who lived nearby. …

If we aren’t willing to find a solution to the problems that surround us, then we effectively are a part of the problem

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As a New Yorker, the motto “If you see something, say something” is one that’s well-known and highly recognized regardless of what borough you live in. It promotes the idea of having unbiased community protection — like you’re a part of larger-scale neighborhood watch. A form of city-wide vigilance one could say.

But, do you ever ask yourself how often that motto is actually exercised by the average New Yorker?

I asked myself the question recently, “what have I personally done to stand up for someone in need?” and when I tried to think of an answer, I drew a…

Your life doesn’t end when theirs does, so you just have to keep living in honor of them

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It’s been a little over a month since my Dad passed away and ever since then, nothing’s felt the same. I’ve asked others countless times how they’re able to move on with life after losing someone they love and the answer is generally always the same — you just do it.

And that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing.

But each day, I still wake up in disbelief that he’s gone, which I suppose makes it a bit easier to cope. However, the disbelief doesn’t get rid of the pain or stop the tears from coming. …

Lindsey (Lazarte) Carson

Writer, Runner, and Plant Mom based in Brooklyn, New York. I write about writing and life in general.

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