Steep On This.

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

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

— From making 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 with hopes of starting it up again someday. Now, at a point in time when it feels urgent to retrace my steps with writing (and with life, in general!), I’m beginning to feel excited about sharing my personal writing.

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

To ‘steep’ is ‘to soak something in liquid so as to extract flavor or to soften it.’ I want to simmer on curiosities, memories, & reflections and infuse new layers of understanding and connection in them. And to answer: Why is this so interesting to me at this very moment? What am I really trying to say?

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. On Steeped by Samia, you will hear my thoughts on life, digital culture, mental health, creativity, my interior world, and so much more. Oh, and like it’s namesake, there will definitely be some tea recommendations in store! — S.A.

Recent Post:

6.22.22 | An ode to Shelfari & other virtual spaces that don’t exist anymore

STEEPED BY SAMIA #2 | A middle schooler, a book-ish teen community, and a now defunct website. In my tween years, I used Shelfari to keep track of the books I was reading. It was a site that allowed users to browse, categorize, and review books.

6.13.22 | I’m retracing my steps with writing

STEEPED BY SAMIA #1 | Exploring the difficult & illuminating process of rebuilding a relationship with your life’s passion. Sometimes you feel lost, you know? I wasn’t sure how to describe this period of my writer’s journey. But one day in April, the words came to me: I’m retracing my steps with writing.