May 29 #LinkYourLife Roundup

Wow! What an amazing collection! I am going to start right in on the links. There is so much here to explore you may need to bookmark this post!


@MelissaBanigan has published several letters collected by the Advice Project. If you aren’t familiar with this project, you should absolutely check it out. It is a healing movement for understand in which women write letters to their 13-year-old selves. I hope you take a moment to review these intimate portraits of life, and recognize the incredible effort Melissa has put in to seeking, encouraging and collecting so many brave voices. This is her life right now, and I’m thrilled she shared it with us!

I am also happy to say this is the largest #LinkYourLife we’ve had in awhile. Many new lives were linked. I am enjoying reading all your work. If I missed you, please leave your handle and link in the comments and I will add it to this page! The same is true for broken or incorrect links. I look forward to returning to many of these pieces in the days to come in order to connect with you all more deeply.

@Ruebi_LHB turned 30 since we read her last. Happy birthday!

@allisonmaruska wrote a tribute to her grandmother that takes us back in time.

@Icarus_Flew introduced us to Portland, and now I really need to make a trip!

My son, Noah, published his first pieces! He’s a poem-writing regular, and these poems are an exploration of how he internalized messages of wrongdoing. Uh, he’s not online in any official capacity as he’s only 9, so I shared on his behalf.

I shared my personal experience of Memorial Day.

@cassdunn told us what we don’t know until we are single mothers.

Music is a part of @cunninhamb103’s soul.

@marianabydesign introduced us to her gorgeous fashion site.

You may remember @LizEnslin’s earlier pieces on Nepal. Liz linked us to an amazing homage to Nepal on Vela.

@laslugocki shared an intimate portrait of the time up to when the wheels finally turned after her brother’s death.

@elledeetweets linked us up with her Instagram feed, giving us a life visual.

@aawicks explored the meanings behind misheard lyrics!

@UlaWrites connected us with @PartTimeMonster by sharing Diana’s post on the Slavic demons of fate. She also linked a beautiful piece on Morocco on A Writer’s Caravan.

@WritersCaravan told us about the unexpected change music brought her.

@aaminahshakur wrote about their  experience with Blackness in media and why it is not lowercase.

@bluerosemd shared an immersive poem on blue and a lyrical, freeform piece on packing for travel. 

@KimGANEPossible wrote: “The secret is in supporting one another and in our innate humanity toward one another; in caring enough to discover the beauty and special something that lives in every one of us.  It’s in being willing to open up and share the pieces of ourselves that are special, even if we or our families and friends are the only ones who think so, or even if no one does…yet.” Find more beautiful thoughts on change here.

@suzwoehrle is a contributing writer for the Le’toile Weekend What’s What!

@DARK81182 struggled with Mothers Day and the unrealistic expectations of her mother.

@BetsyAimee wrote about the changes in Los Angeles from the native’s perspective.

@ArtsBeatLA shared an Exit Review of “Spring Awakening” on her vlog.

@littleplumgrows connected us with her book, “Barren the Fury,” which asks the compelling question of what would happen if girls chose not to be born.

If you are new to #LinkYourLife, you can find the rules and previous posts under the #LinkYourLife menu above or connect with me on Facebook to get day-in-advance reminders.

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.

Discussion about this post

  1. Shawna! Thanks so, so much for sharing a quote along with my link. So fitting, as it’s precisely what you’re encouraging folks to do via #LinkYourLife–to share those honest pieces of themselves. So much beautiful here. I’m deeply honored to be a part of the sharing. xo

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