I felt like I was in a battle with opposing forces.

There is just Ayesha Karim and her mirror or the mirror and lucky for me self acceptance. I felt like I was in a war with forces that oppose me in the mirror just smiling and feeling good about Ayesha. I remember being in the mirror and feeling like someone saw me smiling and really didn’t like that I liked myself so much. It’s just me and probably the old me that feels the old negative life and old stifling energy. Most people who know my past would say look at Ayesha accepting herself and smiling at her own reflection those are just such wonderful things for an African American woman like her to do.

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I am a Black Guyanese woman. I'm thirty nine years old. I went back to college to take Early Childhood Education classes. I want to get a second 48-credit BA degree in Early Childhood Education by 2021. I go to NJCU. I have a BA in Creative Writing from NJCU. I graduated from NJCU in August 2015. I transferred to NJCU from Mercer. I have my AA degree from Mercer in Humanities and Social Science since May 2007. I write poems, I write memoirs, I'm a blogger and I am taking a children's lit course. I love reading memoirs. I also do book reviews from time to time. My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. I grew up in Ewing, New Jersey. I live in Princeton Junction with my parents!

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