Redefining Beauty

Months ago, when Sophia Bush and EcoTools teamed up to launch the #MyTrueBeauty campaign, my timeline started filling up with messages of self-love, admiration and empowerment. I was so moved by everyone’s story, I wanted to get involved. I asked my friends and followers on twitter to answer this simple yet profound question: what makes YOU beautiful?

Your confessions were all so beautiful but I didn’t really know what to do with them, so I just wrote everything down in a draft that I completely forgot about, until now. I figured I should just share them here. Continue reading


Summer is…

100 days have passed since my last blog post on N&D. I apologize to all the fans who were dying to read more from me… Just kidding. That would only be you, Anna.

I think 3 reasons explain my little blogging hiatus. First, my monthly contributions to IATG already take a lot of my writing time. I at least hope you enjoy reading those as well. Second, I’m just a lazy ass writer and third, it is summer. Summer is my favourite time of the year, for obvious reasons. Getting off school means I don’t have to stick to a routine anymore, but without that routine, I find it really hard to sit down and write.

Instead of letting this season be an excuse for not writing, I decided to use it as inspiration. Continue reading

I stand with Alexis

I’m writing these words right now and I’m angry, hurt and disgusted.

Alexis Jones, someone I deeply respect and admire, has been sexually harassed a few days ago and she posted the story on her Instagram, right here. If you want to understand my anger, just look at how harsh some of the comments are.

A woman was brave enough to speak up about the harassment us girls face nearly everyday and in return, people are calling her a liar, saying she made it all up either for money or attention. I’m not saying that false accusations don’t happen because they do (and that’s a whole other story), but can we at least give a girl the benefit of the doubt? Can we at least treat her with decency and respect? If it were just one or two hateful individuals, I wouldn’t make a big deal of it. But no. Alexis is being targeted, bullied, threatened by hundreds of people who choose to stand with the alleged offenders rather than with the victim… It makes me sick.

If I didn’t believe rape culture was a thing before, I definitely do now. It’s flagrant. It has become the norm to tolerate sexual harassment of women so much that when one decides to raise her voice, she is blamed for it. It’s wrong and needs to change.

Ironically, if there is one person I trust to be the game-changer, it’s Alexis. Actually, she already is doing so much with ProtectHer, and I AM THAT GIRL also. One thing I have learned from this organization is that we’re all in this together. We must have each other’s back. Alexis is one of us, she’s a human being with a heart and she doesn’t deserve the backlash and hate she is getting right now. Nobody does.

Don’t worry Lex, we stand with you. xx

Believe in love

Today is February 14th, you know what this means… Happy Valentine’s Day!

I know that for some of us, Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly happy, it’s just a reminder of how sadly single we are. But let me just say this.
A relationship (or the absence of) doesn’t define you. There is no such thing as finding your “other half.” You are your own, complete and beautyFULL person. Valentine’s Day is not about being a relationship. It’s about celebrating love, purely and simply. Continue reading

365 reasons to smile

Running a bit late on the New Years post but you have to forgive me. I was just busy celebrating 2015 and welcoming 2016 with my loved ones.

First for 2016, I want to wish you all to love and be loved, to find peace, to go on adventures and to allow yourself to grow and learn all you can.

Growth is probably the word that defined my 2015. Looking back on how much I’ve grown from all that happened in the past year is impressive. But unfortunately it’s impossible to remember everything. There are always moments that are forgotten, outshined by the bigger and better moments of the year. Another lesson I learned in 2015 is that every day matters so in the upcoming year, I want to remember each and everyone of them.

To do so, I will start a journal called 365 reasons to smile. Continue reading

The story that deserved more than 140 characters

I was originally going to make this a tweet, but I thought this story deserved more than 140 characters.

Few months ago, I had the idea of creating a blog where I would write and share my stories with the world. I wasn’t sure if I would be good enough, or if people would read me at all. For once I didn’t let my insecurities stop me and did it anyway. Not for the others but for myself. Writing is like therapy to me so I thought, even if nobody reads me, it’s still worth it.

That is how, some day early September, Narrow & Deep was born. Continue reading

Two Years

For you, my friend

Today it makes two years since I last saw you. That’s 24 months, 104 weeks, 730 days. I was surprised to hear it had been that long. I was so busy that I didn’t see the time go by. A lot can happen in two years, you know? For example, I started and then graduated college, got my first job, played my first concert, turned 18 while one of my dreams came true, made new friends, lost others, met my two biggest role models, started this blog, and the list could go on.

However, there is one thing that didn’t happen. I didn’t forget about you, about us, and all that we went through.

Actually, I think about you every now and then. I know things aren’t always easy for you. But I also know you better than anybody else and no matter what you think, I love you. You’re important, your story is important, so here’s something I want you to hear.  Continue reading

Feelings just asking to be felt

Some days you wake up and the sun is shining, some days you wake up and the sky is cloudy.

Just like some days, without really knowing why, you wake up feeling low. You need all your energy to drag yourself out of bed, you don’t feel like talking to anybody and the day seems to go by reaaally slowly.

We all get those days once in a while, and that’s okay.

I believe that we shouldn’t try to control or suppress our thoughts and feelings. Instead, we should try to let go and just feel for a moment. Sometimes feelings are just asking to be felt so that we can move on to better things.

We shouldn’t feel guilty for not being happy all the time. We are just humans. Feelings are part of us but they do not define us. Plus, if we didn’t know bad days, how would we know and appreciate good days? It’s all about balance.

So whatever happens today, don’t worry and remember: after rain comes rainbow.

Thanks to my friend Tiarnan for letting me use his photography as the header of this post

“If I can’t be great at it then I don’t want to ruin it”

Hello everyone.

You may have noticed that I’ve been M.I.A. from this blog for 3 weeks now. It’s not that I don’t have anything to write about. Truth is, lately, I haven’t felt inspired to write. At all.

I just got back from a pretty amazing weekend in Chicago and I could probably talk about it for days. But I don’t want to write merely for the sake of writing. I want the words that I write to mean something. It’s what I aim for everytime I write. And I can’t do that right now, so I’d rather not write at all.

In other words, how Peyton Sawyer feels about her drawing is how I feel about my writing.

I want to draw something that means something to someone. You know, I want to draw blind faith or a fading summer or just a moment of clarity. It’s like when you go and you see a really great band live for the first time, you know, and nobody’s saying it but everybody’s thinking it: “We have something to believe in again.” I want to draw that feeling. But I can’t. And if I can’t be great at it then I don’t want to ruin it. It’s too important to me.

I’m sure inspiration will come back to me soon and I will start posting again. I just dont want to rush things. That being said, if you’re reading this, thanks for your patience and your support. It means the world to me.

The moments I feel most alive

I went to a concert tonight.

I don’t know if it’s just me being having my head in the clouds, but there is something magical about a concert experience.

When the lights go out and the first note echoes into the room, the rest of my life is put on hold. All my worries and fears fade away. I feel invincible. I get completely lost in the music, carried away by the vibrant energy of thousands of people singing along.

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Does this darkness have a name?

I once had a friend named Katie. She was beautiful. She was the light, and then she became darkness.

It was a Sunday. We got the news that she had been in a car accident. She didn’t make it. We cried. They found a letter. It wasn’t an accident.

The darkness had got her. The voice in her head, the pain in her heart. It won.

Does this darkness have a name? The one that’s haunting and blinding so many of us from seeing the greatness in life.

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