We’ll be right back…

Hello readers! To all of you who have supported me in this blogging process so far, THANK YOU! Blogging and sharing my stories and experiences with the world has become a part of who I am, and I love it. As I grow, though, I want my blog to grow with me, and so as …

03/04/18, Open Letter

From Blog to Visual Journal Hey everyone! Welcome back to my blog for another open letter. This week, we are going to be talking about a few of the changes that are going to be taking place on my blog this year, as I transition out of writing to you all every week to talking to you …

Confidence

Having trouble feeling confident! Look no further this post is for you!

2/25/18 Open Letter

Hey all, This week's open letter is going to be kind of different. For the past week, I've been a little more stressed out than usual, and as its the end of the quarter, my mind keeps wandering to the thought of Spring Break! Because of this, I thought that this post would be a …

Shades of Misunderstanding

An intro to facing mental health as a person of color I want to start out by talking about this: there is something inherently difficult about constantly feeling misunderstood. I realized last week that this phrase is what defines my experience with mental health as a person of color.  I've been contemplating writing about this …

2/17/18, Open Letter- Announcing My Podcast!

Dear readers, I'm so excited to share this week's letter with you all! For those of you who follow me on Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter, you'll probably have heard already that I'm launching a Podcast in June of 2018! I'm so beyond excited for this- my Podcast is going to allow me to speak about …

5 Ways to Create a Better Living Space

Something that we as people don't pay as much attention to as we probably should is how our living space affects our mental health. As a university student, I know what it's like to live in small spaces, and I also know that I haven't even experienced the worst of the worst. I do know, …

2/4/18, Open Letter

Hey y'all, Congrats on making it through the last week of January, the first month of the year, and the first week of February. I don't know about anyone else, but while the beginning of this year has been a refreshing start to another phase of my life, it's also been quite exhausting at times. …

A short guide to getting those certain people off of your mind.

It's the first day of February, and we are thirteen short days away from Valentine's day. Aside from all the cheesy advertising, red and pink candy hearts and all of that, Valentines day is essentially about celebrating the relationships that we have with other people. With that said, I think that this post comes right …

1/28/18, Open Letter

Learning to Handle Criticism Hey everyone! It's the last Sunday of the first month of the year- can you believe it?!? Time really has sped by so far this year. As all of my regular readers know, Sundays on my blog are dedicated to open letters on Handmade Hearts. As I mentioned in last week's …

1/21/18, Open Letter

Hey everyone! Welcome back to my blog for another open letter! If you are new to Handmade Hearts, I write a letter to my audience every Sunday and I post about something different every Thursday. I also send out Weekly Newsletters every Monday! Feel free to join my email list by filling out the form …

An Open Letter in Response to Aziz Ansari Sexual Assault Accusation

A classic example of how women are still not being heard Dear Readers,  The Woman's March is this weekend. If you are going, I urge you to think about all the rights that you are marching for- there is more to it than just birth control rights or education and work rights. From this example, its clear …

1/14/18, Open Letter

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday and welcome back to my blog for another open letter! A lot of things- both good and not so good, happened over this last week! I'll talk about the good things first, because there are more of those. I was really proud of myself for being productive this week- one of …

UBC #8 and #9- this thing called “Natural”

Hey everyone! I didn't get a chance to blog yesterday, so I'm doing a post today for both yesterday and today! For this post, I wanted to take a minute to reflect on something that I heard from a friend the other day. I overheard my friend talking about a pill that someone was taking …

1/7/2018, Open Letter

Hey all! Welcome back to my blog for another weekly open letter. As some of my readers might know, university started back up for me this past week! And boy, has it been an overwhelming start. I took a break from doing research for about a year, and I'm back in a lab to start …

UBC Day #6- Your Life is your job

Hey all!   Here is my reflection for today. As many of my readers know, I'm a university student. Life is quite busy for me with school, my part-time job, research, this blog, clubs and more! I love my life, but at times it can get quite a bit overwhelming. It's true that everyone feels …

The Difference Between Being Nice and Being Kind

One benefits mental health, the other doesn't Hey everyone! I wanted to get the New Year off to a positive start here on Handmade Hearts, so for my first official blog post of the year, I'm going to talk about a topic that has been on my mind lately a lot- the difference between being nice …

UBC Post for Days #2 and #3

Hey everyone! I wasn't able to post for the ultimate blogging challenge yesterday because I had way too much on my plate, so this reflection is for today and for yesterday! Mostly for today, though. Today was my first day in about a year going about my professional and student life without any makeup on. …

UBC Post #1- Finding Your Crowd

Hey everyone! In the month of January, I'm going to try to participate in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I'd heard from other bloggers that participating in blog challenges was a great way to meet other bloggers, and I'm so glad I took their advice to try out this blog challenge! I've come across so many …

12/31, Open Letter

To my sweet readers, It's almost time to bid goodbye to 2017- we have less than 24 hours! I'm going to keep this final open letter for the year short and sweet. First of all, thank you all so much for supporting me and Handmade Hearts. This blog and the people that I've connected with …

It’s Not Worth It

Having to Walk Away from Situations of Conflict Dear  Readers, I'm writing this post on a Saturday night,and I'm shook up. I'm prone to getting anxious about things quickly and easily, and while not everyone would spend so long thinking about the types of things that I'm going to talk about next, I do think …

New Year, New Goals

The things I'm going to be doing to practice a healthy lifestyle and also take care of my Mental Health Dear Readers, In just a couple more days, we will be bidding goodbye to 2017! I can't believe how fast this year has gone by. Since in some way, shape or form the new year …

12/23, Open Letter

Dear Readers, I'm writing this open letter a little earlier on during the week because tomorrow, Sunday, is Christmas eve! Regardless of whether or not you celebrate, I do want to respect the tradition of reserving Christmas eve for the family. So here is my little letter to you all a day early. I've had …

“Diversity” is a bad word

The CDC banned words list is a Macro Micro-aggression against millions of people Before I start off this post, I want to say this: I don't care if you are conservative, or liberal, Republican or Democratic or an Independent Voter. It really does not matter to me. I've said several times before on this blog …

Bloom

Hey everyone! I hope everyone is having a fantastic LAST WEEK of November!!! Can you believe how fast this year has gone by? Needless to say, so much has happened in 2017. This last week, I've been thinking about how much has happened for me this last year and starting to think about what goals I want …

The Importance of Forgiveness

So when you yell insults, you don't do it because you are a bad person or even because the person you are mad at is a bad person. You are trying to get your anger out, and yelling, angrily messaging and insulting are the quickest ways to try and get rid of that uncomfortable feeling of anger.

The World Through Opaque Glass Windows

Our own thoughts, our own perceptions actually cloud our judgement. It happens more often than we like to believe, and because of that, our windows to the world are opaque- hardly crystal clear.

Glow

It is because of darkness that light glows. 

Paradise

Natural beauty should not be wasted or disguised or ignored.

Finding the Silver Lining

Choosing to be positive and optimistic about life even when the reasons to be positive and optimistic might not be easy, but it means giving yourself ability to be the best version of yourself. 

Productive Anxiety

"DO something about it”

Loving your body just like you should

Despite all the media promotion about loving yourself and how important it is to do so, I’ve never found one that effectively explains why it is important to love yourself, no matter what your current form might be. In order to share why I think it's important to appreciate your body in any shape or size, I’m going to be sharing a bit of my story and struggle with you.

Finding confidence in a pile of criticism

Whether you are starting a new school year, or your first day at a new job, or moving to a new city that you don’t have much experience being in, confidence is one of the most important characteristics- if not the most important characteristic- that you need to have with you in your “first day” toolkit. But for many of us, confidence can be hard to come by, especially when you’re afraid of people criticizing you about one thing or another.

Scrapbook

My experience seeing the total eclipse inspired me to start an online scrapbook using my blog. The total eclipse is my first entry. I got pictures from the start to the end- go check it out! Source: Scrapbook

A Brief Perspective on Vulnerability and Asking for Help

Do you have a hard time asking other people to support you or help you? This one is for you 🙂

Jump Then Fall

What to do when you don’t know what to do Jump then Fall is the title of one of my favorite Taylor Swift songs. It tells a different sort of story, but expresses the same sentiment as the one I'm interested in- jumping into an opportunity that you’re curious about, and figuring out what exactly …

Growth Mindset

A step-by-step guide for the novice Hi again everyone! It's been about a week since I was last able to post. It's the middle of the summer, and lately I've been thinking a lot about the changes that I've made and growing I've done up till my halfway point in college. Overall, I can honestly …

Kindness and Community Health

Hi everyone! I hope everyone had a great 4th! The 4th of July is always a reminder to me that I have a lot to be thankful for: having autonomy over my mind, body and behavior, living in a place where I feel safe, having the ability to be myself, and above all, having a …

**We’ve Moved** This Site is Closing Soon

Hello everyone! I'd like to announce the end of one era and the beginning of a new one. As many of you know, I recently made the decision to move my blog onto a professional website. For those of you who would like to continue following my blog, you can now follow me at aartibodas.com! …

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2/11/18 Open Letter: Tough Love

Dear Readers, This week I want to use my open letter as an opportunity to talk about I've been thinking about a lot for the past few weeks. This is also a perfect topic to discuss on Valentine's day weekend! I realized at the end of last year that one of my biggest weaknesses is …