How We Can All Change Our Relationship With Social Media

ILLUSTRATION BY ANISHA KUMAR

I once had an addiction to social media. Every hour, I’d pick up my phone, scroll through Instagram, like every post. I compared myself: my friends complained about getting 2,000 likes instead of their usual 6,000… but my posts never passed 100 likes. I would put my self-worth in numbers — likes, comments, followers — counting and comparing for hours on end. I’d waste my time admiring someone else’s life, and I couldn’t put down my phone — it was like I was being mind controlled. I’d stay up scrolling…


I.

I looked out through the window, yearning out.

The auburn leaves gently cascading down,

But I’m trapped in here, with the urge to shout.

A wind blows by, a branch falls from the crown.

The sun is shining, smiling at the rose;

Clear skies, green grass, nature sure is quite fair,

Rushing rivers roaring as water flows:

The sound of birds chirping whilst in the air.

However, I’m doomed to solve this assignment,

I’m stuck in this chair, til’ what’s done is done,

Tis’ a shame, as it’s horrid confinement;

How I’d love to joyfully jump and run.

II.


A vegan, no bake cheesecake that’s creamy as soft serve. The richness of it melts in your mouth as you devour slice after slice. Sweet and luscious, yet slightly tart, a light coconutty dessert you can eat any time ☀

Video Recipe ➢ Coconut Cashew Cheesecake… Coming Up!

CRUST

  • 1 cup packed pitted dates
  • 1 cup raw nuts of your choice
  • 1 packet of 8 graham crackers (OPTIONAL)
  • ⅛ tsp salt

FILLING

  • 4 cups soaked cashews
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 can (1 ½ cups) coconut milk
  • ⅔ cup sweetener: maple syrup, any sugars, stevia…


Video Recipe ➢ Crispy Chocolate Cookies

Take a perfect bite from a delicious double chocolate chip cookie, enjoy the satisfying crunch. Savor the mouthful of chocolate joy, and go on to chomp the rest. ☀

INGREDIENTS: 6 cookies

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp espresso or instant coffee
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp baking soda
  • ⅓ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup mix ins: nuts, dried fruit, more chocolate, etc. (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a bowl, mix: 1 tbsp butter…


Video Recipe ➢ Fudgy Chocolate Cookies

Crispy on the edges, moist and fudgy on the inside. A beautiful love story between a brownie and cookie, combining the best of both worlds. ☀

INGREDIENTS (for 6 cookies)

  • 1 tbsp softened/melted butter
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp instant coffee or espresso
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ⅓ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup toppings: nuts, dried fruit, more chocolate, etc. (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a bowl, mix or beat: 1…

An Emotional Rollercoaster Ride of a Book: The Assassin’s Blade

“If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything. Some people learn to embrace it- to love it. Some endure it through drowning it in sorrow, or by making themselves forget. Others turn it into anger.” (Maas, 223)

Celaena Sardothien is the most notorious and powerful assassin in all of Adarlan, killing under the tutelage of famed “King of Assassins” — Arobynn Hamel — the best of the best. …


A Book That Swept Me Away: Throne of Glass

When magic vanishes from the globe, leaving a ruthless dictator in charge of the fantastical country of Adarlan, an assassin arrives at the castle. Celaena Sardothien is an assassin, but her intention is not to kill; she is here to compete for her freedom. That is if she can defeat the sly pseudologists, spry thieves, skillful homicides, silent poisoners, and sadistic mercenaries who compete against her. Every challenger is dead serious, and they will stop at nothing to win. Obviously, losing was not an option for the fierce and talented assassin…


Video Recipe ➢ The Ultimate Fluffy Cheesecake

A light and airy cake that feels like you’re eating a cloud. It’ll definitely fulfill your childhood dreams ☀

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 egg whites
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup oil
  • ¾ cup cream cheese or yogurt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup cake flour or ¼ cup: flour, starch

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, beat the 12 egg whites until soft peaks.
  2. Preheat oven to 320° F.
  3. Then add in all the other ingredients and beat until stiff peaks, or well combined.
  4. Pour into a greased / lined 9 inch…

A Book of Trust and Betrayal: Dividing Eden

Royal twins Carys and Andreus were never supposed to rule Eden. With their father still alive, and older brother being crown prince, their titles would only ever be princess and prince. But soon, a tragedy strikes upon them all. The king and heir assassinated; queen mad; and no one knows which twin is the firstborn. With a power hungry council waiting for their chance to gain, the twins’ only choice is to participate in the Trial of Succession — a deadly competition that would determine the next crowned head. One of the…

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