The Ultimate College Packing List

Today I’m sharing my ultimate college packing list as I go into my sophomore year of college! There are so many posts about how much you desperately need to bring all these crazy things. Because college living spaces are notoriously undersized, over-packing can be a big issue. When it comes to actually packing what you … Continue Reading

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I’m 22 and Engaged, But Still a Strong Feminist

It surprises a lot of people that I am 22 and engaged. They quickly look at me with concern, even if they don’t intend to at first. Their puzzled looks don’t even insult me anymore because it has happened so many times. However, I still can’t get over their initial question of, “but why?” I … Continue Reading

Why Adoptive Parents ARE Real Parents

This article is a part of the #ShareWhatMatters campaign, a movement dedicated to sharing positivity, gratitude, activism and the stories that really matter.  “They may be mom and dad but they are NOT her parents.” Al Trautwig, a commentator for NBC said, and in doing so degraded Olympic gold medalist, Simone Biles’ parents. When I … Continue Reading

Laughing and Learning Through Life’s Many Changes

This article is a part of the #ShareWhatMatters campaign, a movement dedicated to sharing positivity, gratitude, activism and the stories that really matter.  Growing up with a father who worked in the oil industry, I moved a lot. By a lot I mean almost every year of my life. Adjusting over and over was incredibly … Continue Reading

How “Degrassi” Was The Most Progressive Show Of All Time

“Degrassi: The Next Generation” is one of the greatest exports from Canada, other than maple syrup lollipops and Justin Trudeau. But, in all honesty, “Degrassi” was one of the most progressive shows out there, complete with heroin addiction, sexting, abuse and Holly J getting a new kidney. Some might say that this show was over … Continue Reading

30 Life-Saving Tips for Crushing it in the Real World

Post Grads – Welcome to the Real World –Tips and tricks for mastering the haphazard, early-twenties adventure often referred to as “Adulting.”– 1. Don’t be afraid to let go and move on. Failure isn’t changing your path, it’s staying in situations that make you miserable because you’re too afraid to walk away. 2. If you … Continue Reading

What No One Told Me About Losing My Mom

It’s been a month since my mom lost her fight with Multiple Myeloma, a type of blood cancer. Five weeks ago we were sharing a slice of my 23rd birthday cake and a week later I was picking out her coffin. While I received enormous support from family and friends, I wish someone had gone … Continue Reading

What Really Happens When You Propose to Your Boyfriend

Yes, you definitely read that correctly. I had the absolute pleasure of proposing to my boyfriend… and he said yes! It shouldn’t be a novel concept, but somehow the gender reversal takes people by surprise. Ever since we announced our engagement, we’ve been dealing with some pretty interesting experiences. For those who might be considering … Continue Reading

What It Means to Love Someone With Depression and Anxiety

Lasting love has no boundaries or limitations. It seeks no reward for thriving in the imperfect nature of humanity, that which makes all of our personal connections so vastly unique. Real love triumphs over the most dangerous of evils; those that exist inside each and every one of us. The intricacies of who are intertwine with … Continue Reading

8 Ways My Life Changed When I Became a Vegetarian

When I was about 13 years old I stumbled upon an animal rights video on Facebook. The graphic video made me cry for an hour. I had never put much thought into exactly what was on my plate or how it got there. I knew my favorite food was hot wings and that was about … Continue Reading