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I am learning to live unapologetically. I can boldly speak my truths. I don’t have to fear my darker parts. I own my weaknesses. I own my strengths. I don’t have to make myself small. I don’t have to make myself big. I don’t have to make myself fit or occupy spaces I don’t want to. I can just be: however & whatever that means. –Staniella



Stripes & Polka Dots is in many ways an open letter about culture, heritage, and personal evolution. It is a poetic culmination of grit, humor, self-discovery and contains a daring transparency. It is a challenge to speak one’s truth; to be bold instead of being boxed in by the expectations of others.