Meet Cariza

I’m Cariza. I was born on an ordinary day in June, and I think it may have been raining at the time. Words tend to spill from my fingers at the most unexpected circumstances, and most of the time, they end up on table napkins in cafes, ripped sheets of paper, or on my arms and wrists. Sometimes they end up on this blog.

I’ve always been stuck in a mess of in-betweens: loving ocean waves, hating its depths. It seems lately, all I ever do is change my mind.

I grew up in Manila, Philippines, but three years ago, I moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaiiand lived on my own, before pursuing my travel dreams for months and finally settling in Washington DC, USA. I’m currently studying French, Economics and Creative Writing.

I have dysthymia and major depressive disorder, wherein I have a constant state of sadness that is just *there* and every so often I get these “dips” of depressive episodes, and general anxiety disorder. I write about my struggles as a way of coping (perhaps a little bit too much). I wasn’t too open about my mental health before, but after numerous people have reached out to me and told me that I have somehow made them feel less alone in sharing my struggles, I hope that in chronicling my journey towards self care, I can provide the sanctuary people have given me in the same way. My inbox is always open for a friendly hello!

In September 2018, my first collection of poetry and prose, To the Sun, Moon, and Stars, has been published and shared with the world.