Tag: teenage dreams

Zai Deriu

WriterSan Francisco, CAStory & Photos by Lauri Levenfeld

What strikes me about Zai Deriu is her awareness and dedication to authenticity and to being herself. As a teenager, it can be difficult to stay on the path in terms of what you want and what truly defines you. But by staying the course, you provide yourself the gift of true happiness and inner peace. A self-proclaimed weirdo, Zai is paving a path for herself unlike anyone else; one where she is exploring her next story plot in life as an individual and a writer. With a new blog Witchy with AB., Zai celebrates her individuality, creativity, and passion for life’s questions and curiosities. All while sprinkling unicorns and rainbows wherever she goes. 

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Gabrielle Begun

AuthorSan Francisco, CAPhotos by Lauri LevenfeldStory by Gabrielle Begun

I consider myself a dreamer. Not because I’ve got my head stuck too far up in the clouds, but because I dream of my future and fantasy more than “usual”.  My friends think that my expectations for my future are unrealistic, and that I have to grow up sometimes, and I completely agree. They are unrealistic and ambitious. But isn’t that the point? I’ve always been the biggest dreamer, because of my vivid imagination and passion to do the impossible, and I’ve been put down  

for that countless times, but I made a promise to myself when I was 8 to always look at the world as if it is my first time seeing it. This started when I was a fairy-loving 6 year old. I believed in The Second Star to the Right, so I recited the little poem (Star light, star bright…) and would wish on that star every night. My belief in the “unreal” attracted the ruthlessness of little children, and I was bullied for six years. But I kept believing and dreaming.

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