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Living to write. Writing to connect. Fascinated by details, emotion, and meaning. 13X Top Writer. Founder: Age of Empathy. Open to gigs: aimee@gramblin.com

Why content creators need to take a break

Photo of lifestyle, beauty, and fashion YouTuber Safiya Nygaard, wearing a black sweater with white skulls. She is standing with her head tilted, posed against a shrub with light blue flowers. She has long hair and is smiling.
Photo of lifestyle, beauty, and fashion YouTuber Safiya Nygaard, wearing a black sweater with white skulls. She is standing with her head tilted, posed against a shrub with light blue flowers. She has long hair and is smiling.

I found YouTuber Safiya Nygaard in 2019 when I watched unboxing videos instead of shopping for things. Her style haul unboxing video popped up and made me laugh. I dove into her archive and developed a crush on this beautiful, smart, badass YouTuber.

Safiya Nygaard is quirky and gothic simultaneously. How?

She’s energetic, smiles a lot, and has a diverse range of interests. She brings a mad scientist vibe to her makeup videos, where she often smashes many products together into a final product. She also wears black pretty much exclusively, loves bats, black cats, and all things Halloweeny.

She…


Badass mama jama, storyteller, mental health advocate, and more

About Me — Aimée Gramblin Badass mama jama, storyteller, mental health advocate, and more | About Me Stories | Medium
About Me — Aimée Gramblin Badass mama jama, storyteller, mental health advocate, and more | About Me Stories | Medium

Hi, My name is Aimée Gramblin. I’m a veteran wife (18 years and counting), badass mama jama of two kids (a teen and a tween), a writer, a nature enthusiast, and a curious soul. I’m a first generation Oklahoman, in the United States. I’ve almost moved out of state three times, but got cold feet each time. We almost moved to Atlanta, Georgia; Memphis, Tennessee, and Swansea, Wales — all for school related opportunities. We ended up moving from Norman, Oklahoma to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where we’ve lived for almost fifteen years now. It’s green, slightly hilly, a bit more progressive…


How is this our country?

Sign reads “East Bay Express Rated #1 Number One Best Homeless Camp in Bay Area 2017. Large sign in front of a homeless camp in California.
Sign reads “East Bay Express Rated #1 Number One Best Homeless Camp in Bay Area 2017. Large sign in front of a homeless camp in California.

I live in the land of the free home of the brave, good ole USA where friends have to find antibiotics on the street because their side hustles and full-time jobs don’t come with benefits. Got cancer and no insurance? Rest in pieces, the sooner the better. This free land is where you must be brave to go to elementary school, the movies, bars, work at the capitol in DC because this land of the free, built on the backs of slaves pillaged and stolen from indigenous peoples is founded on toxic history atrocities that are stuffed deep in the…


There’s physical therapy for that

I threw on leggings and a loose shirt, slid on loafer-style shoes, grabbed my keys and coffee, and headed to my first ever Physical Therapy appointment. I would’ve never guessed it would occur at age 42 and be for my vagina.

The crowded office burgeoned with people of all ages engaging in PT with yoga balls and table exercises. Surely, I thought, I won’t be out in the open.

After filling out pages of intimate and detailed paperwork and realizing I needed to pee already — too much coffee — my Physical Therapist, Becky, walked into the lobby, introduced herself…


Elementary Humor

Court will be held at 1st or 2nd recess

Photograph of a light brown teddy bear with bandaids on its heart, bandages and bandaids on its head, and a bandage on its right leg.
Photograph of a light brown teddy bear with bandaids on its heart, bandages and bandaids on its head, and a bandage on its right leg.

“Hi, mom. Guess what? There’s going to be a court case at school on Monday,” Ceci said. “I’m going to be a lawyer.”

The sun was shining on a seasonably nice spring day in April. I waited in my car in the school pickup line, singing to Cat Stevens, Lizzo, and Charlie XCX while sending voice memos to friends and checking email. The line started moving and Ceci, my ten-year-old daughter, hopped in the car. The burden of the school week lifted from her shoulders.

“Happy Friday, Ceci!”

“Hi, mom. Guess what? There’s going to be a court case at…


Does music seek you out?

Photograph of musican John Prine Time in concert.
Photograph of musican John Prine Time in concert.

Are you the kind of person who actively seeks out music or are you the kind of person whom music somehow finds?

I’m the latter type.

I have a friend who’s a music enthusiast and posts on Facebook every time one of his favorite music artists passes away. Many have passed away over the last few years. March 29, 2020, Daniel posted that John Prine was in critical condition due to Covid-19 and linked to a Rolling Stone article. On April 7, he created a post that simply said, “Oh no.” John Prine had died due to Covid-19 complications.

Who…


How have intimate relationships influenced the person you are today?

Age of Empathy April 2021 Prompt — Intimacy | Aimée Gramblin
Age of Empathy April 2021 Prompt — Intimacy | Aimée Gramblin

I’ve enjoyed having Bingz Huang and Shanna Loga take over writing the Age of Empathy prompts for the last couple of months. When I realized April is happening this week, I put on my procrastination hat and pushed it out of my mind. As I was driving to school pickup, I started brainstorming out loud: April Showers Bring May Flowers? April Fools? These didn’t sit right with me…Then, I thought of intimacy and it’s multi-layeredness and ability to apply to different relationships.

So, for April 2021, Age of Empathy invites you to reflect on intimate relationships in your life. Are…


Embrace your inner Indy writer

I’ve had a pretty quiet couple of months (for me) writing on this platform. I wanted to check in with my readers and friends to let you know I’m here to stay and planning to produce more writing in April.

It may be the sweet redbud and peach tree blooming outside my bedroom window, the birds serenading my window at dusk and dawn, or the longer daylight and warmer hours, but I finally feel inspired to be more present on the public page.

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on this feeling I’ve had of meandering all over the place. I’ve wondered…


Instagram helped me form meaningful connections during COVID times

Last March 2020, COVID-19 stopped the world in its tracks. We were advised to stay home and avoid contact with people outside our immediate family. We were scared and awash in uncertainty. Many of us turned to the internet to fulfill our need to connect and socialize. I was among those numbers.

I’d like to share with you how each social media fostered my personal growth and friendships. In an age where virtual connection is predominant, I hadn’t utilized it to its fullest until drastic circumstances came into my life. The discoveries I made have been nothing short of life-changing.

Inspired to Connect


Humor | Satire

Amazon ad serenades prospective e-reader buyers with random scenes set to relaxing mood music

I buy a lot of books online. I feel guilty when I buy books from Amazon because Jeff Bezos isn’t exactly a model citizen, but they come fast, and I click “buy now” anyway.

I have a book buying problem, but I often don’t read or finish reading the books I order.

Currently, I’ve ordered or been gifted On Writing by Stephen King, Underland by Robert MacFarlane, Apeirogon by Colum McCann, The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch, It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again by Julia Cameron, and Mother of the Universe by Lex Hixon.

These are the books…

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