• LOVING YOURSELF: HERE’S HOW MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME TO LOVE VALENTINE’S DAY

    I’m not a huge fan of the color pink, and heart-shaped things make me want to vomit. You’d think this would mean that I loathe everything about Valentine’s Day. While I’m not too keen on my local grocery store being filled to the brim with massive, helium-filled balloons that sport phrases like, “Kiss me!” and “Be mine!,” I’m not completely opposed to the day itself. No, it has nothing to do with being a newlywed. No, it has nothing to do with my love of chocolate and wine (well, maybe a little…) It has everything to do with my mother. Because of my mom’s actions during my angsty teen years,…

  • YOUR ENGAGEMENT PERIOD IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR WEDDING DAY

    Wedding planning is a strange, stressful, and often asinine experience composed of linen samples, justifying your newfound alcoholism, and vomiting a little when you find out how much stamps cost in bulk.   However, the months leading up to your wedding are some of the most important months of your life; and not for the reason you may think.   Your engagement has nothing to do with choosing the perfect flower arrangements, or fitting into that one-of-a-kind dress.   It has nothing to do with cake tastings and picking a trendy color palette. The engagement period, the period between “Yes” and “I do,” is transitory, a life-changing transition. We spend…

  • I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MY LIFE AND THAT’S OKAY

    Fun fact: A simple Google search yields 1,010,000,000 results for the all-too-familiar declarative, “I don’t know what to do with my life.” This is followed by an array of articles and self-help programs that all promise to do the same thing: reveal your life purpose. Easy, right? Well, I call bullshit. I call bullshit on the whole.damn.thing. Before I am defiled by internet trolls and labeled a “spoiled Millennial,” allow me to explain. Self-help programs are fantastic. I am not knocking an individual’s desire to better oneself. By all means, print out, pin, or Kindle your way through whatever program you feel will take you to the next level of this fun…