Someone in my life recently shared their experience of living in fear over the last year because of the rise of attacks on Asian Americans. Hearing about their experience reminded me of the privilege I have as a person of Asian descent who is able to “pass” as white. Yet, my father’s experience in the Japanese internment camps during WWII and the systematic racism that my family has experienced in America is what inspired me to major in Asian American Studies in college. I was so passionate about how stereotypes influence the lives of Asian Americans that I once dreamed…


I’ve had a vulnerability hangover since publishing my first post where I shared about my struggle with self-worth. Each time I doubt my decision I remind myself of why I wanted to share my story. As someone who has tried to maintain a picture-perfect façade while secretly fighting an invisible battle within, I want to do my part to help dismantle the collective belief system that I let encage me for so long.

There’s a reason why the movie Mean Girls is a cult classic. Most of us can probably think of a few women in our lives that resemble…


Thank you for your beautiful words of wisdom, Sue!


I had a rude wake-up call when I had everything I thought I ever wanted and found myself deeply dissatisfied with life. At the time, I could not understand why I was so unhappy and did not dare to admit it to anyone, especially myself. I pushed the sadness, anxiety, and dissatisfaction down into the depths of my subconscious. I let it fester there until my mind and body forced me to pay attention by manifesting into debilitating depression and anxiety.

I had naively believed if I did everything that society told me would make me happy that I would…

Brielle Nikaido

Aspiring creative trying to exercise my right brain after living a left brain dominant life. Writing about mindfulness, mythology, and female empowerment.

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