14 Ideas For Making the Most of Your Spare Time

If there’s one piece of advice I could give anyone it would be this: Do NOT waste your time. Your time is precious, limited, and life’s most wonderful gift. Everyone handles their time differently. Some people wake up to a pre-planned day, or a certain routine they like to follow. They write everything down in a planner. … Continue Reading

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My Daddy Raised A Feminist And I Couldn’t Be Happier

At midnight on Feb 15th, 2016, I got a call from my dad. Sometimes he calls for serious things like family emergencies or to remind me that I left a scented candle lit and unattended in my room, again. Other times he calls me for silly things like to remind me that I need to … Continue Reading

What I Have Learned From Living With Mental Illness

We learn lessons every day from both the incredible and challenging pieces of who we are. Those lessons strengthen our hearts. They change us. They move us in the direction of greatness, even if it means overcoming intense adversity. I live with mental illness and it’s taught me lessons I couldn’t begin to describe. If … 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

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

Creating Safe Writing Spaces for Girls and Women

This article is a part of the #ShareWhatMatters campaign, a movement dedicated to sharing positivity, gratitude, activism and the stories that really matter.  As girls who later become women, our first serious encounters with writing start in nursery school. After more or less grasping A-Z, with some discrepancies on what’s a lowercase “b” versus a … Continue Reading

The Love You’ll Never Find in a Magazine

It takes a lot for women in society today to feel beautiful, and that’s a shame. I have fallen to the media’s portrayal of how women should look too. I use the word should loosely, because women shouldn’t have to look a certain way to appease anyone. But why is the media telling us how … Continue Reading

The Beauty In Leaving Home

This is the place you grew up. It’s where you attended your first school, met your best friends and made the most memories. It’s the place you sat sideline at your brother’s little league games while chomping on Big League Chew from the snack shack. It’s the road where your dad taught you to ride … Continue Reading

7 Things I Really Understood After My Mom Left

We all have a story. We all have experiences that forced us to overcome and rise from the wreckage of life’s most devastating disappointments. This is mine. A couple years before my dad passed, my mom walked out of our lives. She left her kids to pursue a life with some truck driver whose name … Continue Reading

8 Signs He Could Be Mr. Right

Even through heartbreak and loss, we discover the strength to realize that sometimes it takes a few tries with “Mr. Wrong” to find (and keep) Mr. Right. The signs: 1. He makes you feel respected and secure at all times. You don’t feel the need to ask questions or search through his phone to achieve … Continue Reading