Sorry, not sorry. I’m not turning off my light because your eyes hurt.

Our whole lives we are taught to follow the rules, not be too emotional, and blend in. By blending in I mean get good grades, go to college, get a job, get married, have kids, buy a house, retire, all while not making too much trouble. As a society we ridicule anyone who feels too […]

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Thanks-b-to-Giving, a poem

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and that’s saying a lot because I love all holidays. I make Christmas explode in my living room, my Halloween costumes are always extra, and I still exchange Easter baskets with my close friends. But there is something really special about Thanksgiving, maybe because it’s near my birthday and growing […]

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To have everything you must be comfortable with nothing.

When I originally started Alilmixedup.com it was supposed to be about cooking but as I have developed Chefleen.com this is becoming more of a personal journal, the story behind the chef. So where have I been for half of the year considering my last post was November 2016? Busy, but to understand the journey let’s […]

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Write.Live.Revise. A recipe for life.

  As I approach my 29th birthday and come into myself as a creative I’m starting to understand how life is like a well-made dish. It is truly all about balance and  it is imperative to  edit your own recipe of life as you go. We often push ourselves to be these pillars of strength […]

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HeavenortheHamptons? Pt. III

As my fourth summer season comes to an end I am grateful. I have found this to be my hardest summer yet working out in the Hamptons. It’s funny how a place I was once in such wonder with has become normalized. I still find tranquility in creating, cooking up glorious summer fare and it’s […]

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Intervention of America

America’s birthday month has not been very celebratory this year. Once praised as a melting pot that represented freedom and tolerance it seems as if we are beginning to boil over. Back to back killings of black men by those who pledge to serve and protect, ISIS attacks in random locations, senseless shootings of police […]

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