growing up

How Building My Own Ikea Bed Taught Me Life Lessons I Never Saw Coming

It never occurred to me in all my years as a single woman that every day I was learning how to be self-sufficient.

It never occurred to me as a single woman that every day I was learning how to be self-sufficient. That's what building my own Ikea bed taught me.

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Watching People Go Back To School Is Bittersweet Now That I’ve Graduated

September, for the first time in many years, wasn’t the start of any new beginnings. I’ve been in some form of school — general education in public schools, then an undergraduate degree, and then a graduate degree — since I was in preschool.

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Imposter Syndrome: Learning To Banish My Inner Gremlin

99% of the time, I feel like a complete f*ck-up in grown up’s clothing.

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Parenthood And The Passage Of Time

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But what can be said for the day upon which I am no longer enough? I dread that day.

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7 Unexpected Benefits To My Mom Moving Abroad

No relationship is perfect, not even with super mom. (Image: Thinkstock)

My mom and I are extremely close. Some would say we’re a little too close, but since she fills two roles in my life — mother and best friend — I think it’s fair that she get a double slice of my love and attention. I was completely devastated when she announced that she was moving to Dubai. But now, my mother has lived abroad for more than two years, and I can see that her move was a good thing.

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10 Things I Thought I'd Know How To Do By Now

When does being a grown-up happen again?

To be honest, I consider myself pretty damn good at adulting. I’m a great cook, as long as I have a recipe. I’m a self-taught professional baker.

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The Power Of Nostalgia: Let The Good Memories Roll

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Nostalgia is actually considered a valuable copoing mechanism for depression, anxiety, and especially grief. Plus, not only does it counteract anxious feelings, it can actually make you more hopeful about the future. No wonder a higher occurrence of nostalgic feelings are found in the most resilient people.

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I'm Almost 30, But My Celebrity Crushes Are Realer Than Ever

Brian Littrell is still one of the top boy band crushes of all time. Image Credit: Flickr/Joella Marano

Does becoming an adult mean you have to give up "childish" things like paralyzing crushes on celebrities? Denarii Monroe thinks not.

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What I Want My Son To Know About Being His Own Person

I don't think I had ever realized how important it is to me that my son be able to think for himself and be his own person. Image: Thinkstock.

We live in a world where people are easily influenced. Heck, I'm a writer and influencer for a living, so I get this in its most extreme state. But when it comes to the nitty-gritty — the big life decisions — I want my son to have a strong head on his shoulders and do what he instinctively knows is right for him.

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Same Place, Different People

It’s the same place, but you’re a different person. Image: Thinkstock.

The “you” who opens their eyes in the morning isn’t the same “you” lays down their head in that bed that night. In those few hours of consciousness you have more exposure to life, you experience a world of compassion and cruelty that has the potential to change the trajectory of your entire life.

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