#LinkYourLife #LinkYourCompassion

Consider this Day 3 of my sadness quotes. Once again, there will be no sadness. Here’s the thing: it can easily feel like the world is falling apart, but this community we are building is amazing. Thank you for being a part of my life, for showing up every week since the #LinkYourLife inception (what was it, back in March?).


I had this tiny idea that maybe it wouldn’t feel so lonely online if I could actually get to know some writers more deeply.

Not only is it no longer lonely, but this group is one of my favorite hangouts. In fact, it has been through #LinkYourLife that I was able to set up the Four Paws for Noah writing competitions. You have been more than friends to me. What we are building is family.

Thanks for being you and all that you do. Thanks for your heart and your words and your love. Thanks for being a part of this journey. You are all amazing and I am thrilled to be getting to know you.

And a special thank you to Shareen for stepping up to keep #LinkYourLife alive when she saw me struggling to manage far too many projects at once.

Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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