Zhaklina’s “17 Reasons Why II ”— Using the Power of Music to Help Those Struggling

Donna Block
7 min readNov 25, 2020


Zhaklina is an alternative artist based out of Nashville, TN. She is originally from the Hudson Valley in New York, where she was born and lived for much of her life. Zhaklina is an artist and a storyteller, creating a safe space for her listeners to feel heard and seen. She advocates for mental health through much of her work, donating portions of her profit from music to various mental health organizations. Her vocals express unique power and sensitivity, drawing listeners in to both a passionate and inspiring experience.

#liveloved You shared how ‘joy’ is your word for 2020 and how Lysa TerKeurst’s “Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely” has inspired you. TerKeurst writes, “Together is our most favorite word as a family.” How has your family brought you joy this year?

Although my family and I live in separate states and COVID has made it difficult for us to visit each other this year, we have still been intentional about being there for each other and connecting as best as we can. That effort and love has brought me great joy this year.

From together to apart. The impermanence of life, how loss is a reminder that nothing is really ours to begin with. The pandemic has altered our perceptions and reality. What advice can you share for others struggling to deal with all that 2020 has brought into our lives?

The best advice I can offer is to live life day by day, appreciating the moments. I don’t believe anything is guaranteed to us beyond our faith in this life. So put your faith into everything you do and cherish every experience as valuable and irreplaceable.