What Is Body Confidence?

By Julia Lima, TIWP Student “A cultural fixation on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience.”— Naomi Wolf what is body confidence, really? is it “i am in love with how i look, always and forever”? or is it “ i am in love with some parts […]

Big Girls Do Cry

By Audrey Lambert, TIWP Student The song ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ makes me angry. Big girls do cry. Everybody cries, at least, if they’re emotionally mature. And that sounds like a contradiction but healthy people release their emotions. Unhealthy people lock them in. If someone never cries then they’re obviously a sociopath who can’t feel […]

Writing Class

By Maxine Pollock, TIWP Student “A book must be an axe for the frozen sea within us.”—Kafka I choose to ignore the world that is functioning, living, breathing, and growing around me. The news, the people, the school, the work, the sports—all of it. I choose to ignore it, to tell myself it doesn’t matter, […]

Self-Commitment

By Rebecca Gunderson, TIWP Student As the wise and genuine Mister Rogers once said, “You don’t have to do anything sensational for people to love you.” Be who you are and ignore anyone who expresses disapproval of your being. Grand gestures aren’t necessary to keep people in your life, nor should they be the sole […]

Things To Remember, Going Into Middle School

By Summer Steinert, TIWP Student 1. Don’t take things so seriously. Part of this is to remember to not overthink. I remember going into Middle School, I would overthink so many things about myself and other people. It’s important to sit back and relax and remember that 99% of the things that you worry about […]

Quiet

By Libby Hawkins, TIWP Student “You are so shy. You are too quiet.” Maybe being quiet means I’m trying to be at peace with myself. Maybe it means I don’t feel I need other’s approval. Maybe being shy means I like my own presence. Maybe it means I don’t feel like I need to put […]

To the Woman Who Will Fall in Love With Me

By Neena Grewal, TIWP Student I am not a gentle soul. I am not the field of flowers, but the skittering bugs and wild songbirds surrounding it. I am not a tranquil sea, quiet and deep, but the raging waves miles above the sand. I am not a jar of iced tea on the porch […]

How To Be Successful

By Hannah Simmonds, TIWP Student Is it the money, the education, the houses, the cars or the expensive jewelry? Or is it the joy, the wide open spaces, the faded blue jeans, laughing children and love? Why has America painted a picture of success and happiness as money and a full time job and a […]

Knowing Your Power

By Rebecca Gunderson, TIWP Student Look at her. So bright, so creative, so unaware. She will change the world, but she doesn’t know it yet. She only hears her parent’s criticism. She only sees her classmate’s rude stares. She is not aware of the power she holds. She radiates energy and light when she walks […]