Steep Inside.

I started my blog in 2019, right after college. I’ve always been an avid journaler and story-writer, but blogging provided an interesting (& slightly scary!) new outlet. I wrote about my post-grad experience and created Dreams In-Progress: a series on early career pathways.

My writing has grown with each curiosity I’ve followed.

— From making book-ish content for South Asian Reading Challenge, to creating an editorial platform with Kulfi Beauty.

I recognize the value of telling stories that are emotionally resonant yet speak to the liminal thoughts and experiences we have — stories that don’t often find their way into mainstream conversations.

My blogging came to a halt in 2020, with hopes of starting it up again someday. Now, when it feels urgent to retrace my steps with writing (& with life in general!), I feel excited to share my stories & perspective in my own little corner online.

That’s how ‘Steeped by Samia’ came about in 2022.

STEEP /stēp/ : (v.) 1. to soak something in liquid so as to extract flavor or to soften it. 2. to surround or fill with a quality or influence.

On Steeped by Samia, I simmer on curiosities & memories to infuse new layers of understanding in them — to turn them over & over and examine new angles. I want to answer: Why is this interesting to me at this very moment? What am I really trying to say about it?

I touch on themes of: liminal spaces, memory, time, creativity, mental health, digital culture, navigating your 20’s, & more.

I want to be surprised by writing again, to feel its wonder.

— Like how eleven-year-old Samia felt when she would daydream & write for hours in her red Staples notebook.

Far too often, my writing ideas fizzle out in energy; I never get to see them to their full potential. While building my rhythm with writing, I want to share these ideas with you.

Oh, and like it’s namesake, there will definitely be some tea recommendations in store! —S.A.

Steep Notes:

“It literally brings back the feeling of reading the Sunday newspaper (my favorite feeling of all time).” —D.D.

“Every time I get an email from Steeped by Samia, I know I’m getting fed well.” —S.A.

“Just read your latest blog post and it felt like a warm hug.” —P.G.

“I feel like I was sitting on your bed with a cup of chai listening to you tell me all these stories.” —R.G.