woman sitting on table not feeling beautiful

I don’t feel beautiful, often

I have struggled with acne for most of my 20’s. I hate talking about it because it truly embarasses me. There are days when I stare at my face for much longer than I should because I genuinely do not…

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Walking through lonely

I have spent most of my life being Miss Congeniality. Five minutes with me and I think it’s safe to say – I am all fun and games, easy going, and love, love, love to laugh. I carry my light…

rachel varkey choosing to be herself

Why I am (now) choosing to be myself

If you spend five minutes with me, you’ll know that I have the loudest voice in America. I don’t know how to whisper. And in all realms of my life – at home, work, church, school, among friends – I have…

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A brat on an air mattress

I slept on an air mattress for two months until I finally got the courage to buy a real mattress without my family’s approval. My family was convinced there was no need for furniture because I wouldn’t be in New…

confetti on floor after celebration

It’s good to celebrate yourself

On my birthday last year, I was one month into living in NYC. I knew very few people and had no real birthday plans. I felt incredibly alone on that day. My best friend Sue attempted to surprise me with…

driving car in turbulence


No one in my immediate circle of family or community knows what I do for a living. Most of them think I work in “business.” Try asking a Malu person to explain to you what this means. To be completely…

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