Are We Born Who We Are Meant to Be? Or Do We Become That Person As Life Progresses?

I’ve always wondered are we born with our talents, or do they come to us as life takes us through the mazes of becoming ourselves? Are we who we were at birth, or do we come into ourselves as life progresses? These are the questions that I ask myself and…


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I was talking to a friend a few days ago, and he told me that 2021 was going to be the year he would finally “live his best life.” It made me stop for a minute and think about the phrase. My friend explained how he lived as a shadow…


A university student from Colorado talks about his COVID experience.

I got COVID in October, and even before the test results came in, I knew I had the virus. It started with fatigue, and after the second day of being exhausted, I couldn’t even get out of bed. It wasn’t regular “being tired” because nothing helped. Usually, when I have…


Dear Tami,
I hope you are well and feeling ok about your impending arranged marriage. Well, I actually know you aren’t, but eventually, life will get better, I promise because I lived through it.

I am now a lot older, and you are only 21. I want to say so…


Anger, in my opinion, is one of the noisiest emotion a human can have. People insult, hurt, and even kill in a rage of anger. In movies, the protagonist will only take action when anger is carved in his/her eyes and flows through the sweat beads that sit on their…


“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” — Charles M. Shultz

As soon as I wake up in the morning, it's like random thoughts are jumping over each other in my brain- can I sleep a little longer? Did I forget to send…


A few days ago I was feeling low about all the rejections I got from literary agents, and a friend who was trying to make me feel better said,

“Tami, I believe in you, don’t give up!”

I immediately felt better, and as I sat down with my newfound confidence…


Faces of Quarantine-One Virus Many Faces: Saima Malik Dhillon

Since the lockdown, my life is wholly altered; the children are home and my work ceased for a while, and now its re-starting. However, there is uncertainty and unpredictability about the future. But I also feel optimistic, and I am fortunate enough to see a silver lining. …


Faces of Quarantine- One Virus many Faces: Kathy Porter

When the virus first hit, I, like the rest of us, was compliant. Fear causes compliance. After the first two weeks, I did wonder why we, the healthy people, had to be shut-in. We could have still been out and about and taken precautions to stay safe.

I will be…


Yes, I got tested for COVID-19.

Every few weeks, I have been getting sick with the same symptoms- fever, dry cough, headaches, and fatigue. So I finally decided to write to my doctor and ask what to do. I sent a long email, explaining that I was sure I didn’t…

Tami Shaikh

Author of 3 books, Contributor to Huffington Post, Thrive Global, & Chicken Soup for the Soul. Life is full of stories; I like to tell them. www.tamishaikh.com

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