Behind the name, “Crystal Claire”

Funny enough, “Crystal Claire” was first bestowed upon me as my ‘rapper name’ at my high school’s hip hop & poetry club. Since then, the name has flowed off the tongue at countless parties & festivals– even when my poetry slam skills stutter. Not only it is a convenient way to distinguish myself from theContinue reading “Behind the name, “Crystal Claire””

Book Review: Defining Decade

The Defining Decade is the book every twenty-something needs to read. Not only will it light a fire under your rear to set your adulthood up for success, but it will teach you how to do it. Based on decades of research as a psychologist specializing in young adult development, Meg Jay confronts the modernContinue reading “Book Review: Defining Decade”

Recipe: Kimchi Coleslaw

My diet mostly consists of cuisines from or inspired by Asian cultures. Potstickers and dumplings have their own group in my food pyramid. Sometimes, however, the tasty noodles and starches become the predominant flavor in a meal, and I’ve begun trying more ways to incorporate vegetables, past just stir-fry style. Here is my easiest sideContinue reading “Recipe: Kimchi Coleslaw”

Defining a Good Roommate

Sharing a common space harmoniously is crucial to a happy home life, so it counts to have positive relationships with those you live with. In my experience, I’ve had anywhere between one roommate to living 60 other girls at a time. Needless to say, I’ve picked up a lot of lessons about how to beContinue reading “Defining a Good Roommate”

Book Review: Thank & Grow Rich

A longtime favorite, Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill gets a modern face-lift through Pam Grout’s refreshed rendition in, Thank and Grow Rich. The subtle title changes open doors for more profound realizations about what it truly means to be abundant in wealth and bliss.

Declaration of Self-Love

For countless years, I’ve sought to find the sweet balance between genuine self-love and congruous self-expression. As of late, I have felt smothered by an imminent pressure pushing me to discover this increasingly necessary harmony.

Three Words, Eight Letters

Love is a concept that people of all ages struggle to define. Many will marry without being certain of what it is, others may pass on never knowing it, while some rest their hearts certain that their lives were graced with love. In an attempt to deter young couples from becoming just another Taylor Swift ballad,Continue reading “Three Words, Eight Letters”