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Introduction: Welcome to DBN

Welcome to Dreamer By Night!

We are thrilled to have you.

Dreamer By Night was born on September 24th, 2021, of great grief following a devastating loss.

If you have ever experienced the death of someone you care about, you will be all too familiar with the feelings of hopelessness and desolation that occur in the following days, weeks, and even years. When I lost my aunt, I felt completely lost. The lack of purpose I had been living with up until that moment hit me like a train. I was in shock at the realization that I had been going through the motions of life without actually living it, and that I was the biggest source of my own unhappiness. These moments of awareness sprinkled throughout the first few days of my aunt’s death triggered a powerful domino effect. I left my job, rearranged my entire schedule, re-evaluated all of the relationships in my life, and asked myself the question: What is my purpose?

I am still working to answer that question, but I have gotten closer and closer with each day. At this point, I have arrived at a few conclusions:

  1. My purpose is to become a better person than who I was yesterday

  2. My purpose is to create supportive, loving, and meaningful relationships with my friends and family

  3. My purpose is to do my best to serve the world and make a positive impact

My newfound enthusiasm for life coupled with my love for writing resulted in the birth of our magazine, which I like to think of as a long and ongoing love letter to my aunt. After my aunt worked long hours, we would sit in her bed watching TV, and she would tell me all of the things she would do when she could retire. She would open up a dog shelter, she would volunteer for organizations that support underprivileged women. She would spend her days trying to make the world a better place. She was our first dreamer, and through our partners and the messages we try to spread, we hope to help those dreams unfold.

One year ago today, she left this life and began whatever adventure comes next for her. And her departure triggered the ripple that brought me to where I am today. I thank her for the life lessons, the laughs, and the devotion to ensuring we had the best lives possible. They are gifts that continue to serve me and that I hope to help pass along as well.

I thank my friends and my family for their unwavering support in healing from my loss and for helping me become who I want to be. I most especially thank my dear friends Fatima and Nuha, and my sister Zoya for joining me in making this dream a reality.

And once again, with that being said: Welcome to DBN, we’re thrilled to have you.

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