twodaymag's Relationship Contributor: Anya Alvarez

  • Body Image, Body Acceptance, and Instagram
    twodaymag's Relationship Contributor: Anya Alvarez

    Body Image, Body Acceptance, and Instagram

    I certainly am guilty of editing who I am. In fact, even though I didn’t try to crop out the fat in my bikini picture, I used a filter that made me look more tan.

  • Asking the Question: Who Am I?
    Health and Wellness

    Asking the Question: Who Am I?

    I had a better idea of myself when I was a child. In fact, I was much happier. I did what felt good and trusted myself enough to follow my heart. Somewhere along the journey my mind got clouded with misconceptions of what it meant to live a fulfilling life.

  • Blanket Stereotypes Never Solve Anything
    twodaymag's Relationship Contributor: Anya Alvarez

    Blanket Stereotypes Never Solve Anything

    When information of the suspects began to emerge, immediately I started to hear comments from people saying “Immigrants should not be allowed in this country,” and that “the United States should close its borders.” Or worse, “Why do we let all these Muslims come in to our country?”

  • Learning to Have the Mindset to Win
    Friendship

    Learning to Have the Mindset to Win

    And really, when I tell someone “Play well,” I am thinking, “Play well, just don’t play better than me.” I never wish for someone to hit a bad shot or hope they play poorly; I just want to beat them, whether it’s on their worst or best day.

  • Control: Not All Its Cracked Up To Be?
    Health and Wellness

    Control: Not All Its Cracked Up To Be?

    Life will do what it wants to do. We can do everything perfectly and still be thrown off course. When the fear of the unknown grabs us, it can throw off us balance. A lot of my life decisions have been based in fear and uncertainty.

  • Why My Kids Won’t Play With Barbie
    Family Time

    Why My Kids Won’t Play With Barbie

    Maybe there is something powerful for little girls to have a complete escape from reality every once in a while. However, I’d rather my little girl not be aided by perfectly assembled to dolls with picturesque lives to help her let her imagination run loose.

  • Violence Against Women Act: A Step Forward
    Health and Wellness

    Violence Against Women Act: A Step Forward

    The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) will help prevent intimate partner violence and sexual assault. It will also extend to help protect LGBT and Native American victims of domestic violence.

  • Do We Hold Athletes in Too High Esteem?
    Health and Wellness

    Do We Hold Athletes in Too High Esteem?

    The devastation people felt when Woods and Armstrong proved themselves to be imperfect human beings shocked me. Most people have never met these two athletes. The only time they had seen them in action is through their television set.  With the way athletes are treated by the general public, it’s no wonder why so many of them have egos too big for their own good.

  • Forgive and Forget?
    Health and Wellness

    Forgive and Forget?

    I was a hypocrite; I expected others to forgive me and give me multiple chances, but I could never do the same for others. A wall rested between my desire to forgive and my desire to seek revenge by hurting people the same way they hurt me.

  • The Power of Creative Thinking
    Health and Wellness

    The Power of Creative Thinking

    Albert Einstein once said, “I am enough of the artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”