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5 Life Lessons I’ve Taken From Rugby

4 days ago

5 Life Lessons I’ve Taken From Rugby

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For 14 years, I identified myself as a soccer player. I played year round on multiple teams, dedicated endless hours to practices and games, and thought I loved the sport. But then I realized something: I just wasn’t that good – certainly not good enough to continue playing post-high school – and I played much too physically to continue at the collegiate level.

After playing for 14 years, I made…

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What 20-Something Alcoholism Is Really Like

4 days ago

What 20-Something Alcoholism Is Really Like

I’ve posted this in the past, but it remains one of my favorite posts about 20-something drinking problems. I can relate to so much, especially this passage:

“I used to spend a lot of time wondering why I felt the need to drink when others don’t seem to have the same perpetual desire. There wasn’t a traumatic event that brought this on. I can’t blame it on a wrecked family life, alcoholic or…

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"I Am An Addict"

6 days ago

“I Am An Addict”

Some beautiful writing from a fellow Thought Catalog writer about the realities of addiction:

http://thoughtcatalog.com/laura-richardson/2014/07/363901/

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For All The ‘Happily’ Single Ladies

6 days ago

For All The ‘Happily’ Single Ladies

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We are intelligent, goal-oriented, and determined. We are attractive enough, involved in numerous activities, not too shy. We like to think we have our lives together, that we are people worth knowing, worth being invested in.

But we are also single.

Whether this status is of our own doing has yet to be determined.

I need to believe I’m not the only one, so this is a post for all the strong,…

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#beforeandafter #sobriety #recovery

#beforeandafter #sobriety #recovery

A Love Affair With Words

1 week ago

A Love Affair With Words

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I don’t remember falling in love with words. It just happened.

Writing has always been my coping mechanism, starting with journals when I was eight years old. Maybe it’s my OCD tenancies and I like to see something solid on paper to make sense of it. Maybe I’m better at writing my thoughts than I am at voicing them. Maybe I’ve never tried anything else – but then again, I’ve never needed to.

Wri…

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5 Reasons “Dating” As A Millennial Is Traumatic, Confusing and Fantastic

1 week ago

5 Reasons “Dating” As A Millennial Is Traumatic, Confusing and Fantastic

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I’m no dating expert, but as I’ve mentioned before, I do know a thing or two about overthinking (which, not surprisingly, is probably why I am no dating expert). Recent overthinking has been centered around both the difficulties and rewards of dating in our label-happy, technology-obsessed generation.

I often wonder what happened to old-fashioned dating – dating in the sense of being able to…

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A Home Is More Than A House

1 week ago

A Home Is More Than A House

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The bend in the road is familiar. After years of driving here, it no longer takes any thought. I slowly direct my car into the driveway, my headlights landing on the ancient trees of our backyard and beyond, into the woods. After shutting off the lights and engine, I allow myself a moment of quiet before my family spots me. I watch their silhouettes through the window, allowing myself a glimpse…

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I Don’t Think I Want To Be A Mother, And That Should Be Acceptable

2 weeks ago

I Don’t Think I Want To Be A Mother, And That Should Be Acceptable

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I absolutely adore children. Or rather, I adore them as long as I can escape from them at the end of the day. And I think that is perfectly okay.

Yet each time I inform people that I don’t have a burning desire to have my own children someday, that I lack that deep-rooted maternal craving, they look stunned – as if that is what every twenty-something woman should be waiting for, working towards.

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This Is What It Is Like To Be An Addict With Triggers

3 weeks ago

This Is What It Is Like To Be An Addict With Triggers

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When it comes to addiction, it’s always the little things that remind us. They remind us to refocus ourselves. They remind us of memories that frankly, we would rather not be reminded of. They remind us to pay attention and put in the work to maintain sobriety. But most of all, they remind us that our addictions will always be with us, that we will never be completely free of them, no matter how…

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We Need To Set Lower Standards For Positive Body Image

3 weeks ago

We Need To Set Lower Standards For Positive Body Image

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You read that right – lower standards. None of this unrealistic (and unhealthy) thigh gap, artificial, Dorito-colored tan, and breasts filled with silicone crap. It’s time to lower the bar to an attainable height.

This isn’t coming from a professional. This is coming from me, an average sized 20-something with experience in despising my body, having spent too much time being embarrassed of it…

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9 Steps Toward Becoming A Successful Blogger

3 weeks ago

9 Steps Toward Becoming A Successful Blogger

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Lately I have been receiving numerous questions about the “how to” of the blogging world. So I figured why not address it in a blog post?

Keep in mind, this is just what has worked for me and my style of blogging. There are many other ways to deem a blogging style as “successful.”

  1. Read, read, read.Read sites such as Thought Catalog and Huffington post to get a sense of what others write about…

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7 More Things Only Chronic Overthinkers Will Understand

3 weeks ago

7 More Things Only Chronic Overthinkers Will Understand

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Based on the level of engagement and agreement (and okay, occasional disagreement) with my last post, “7 Things Only Chronic Overthinkers Will Understand,” I decided to write a Part II –because why not overthink some more about why and how we so often overthink?

So, my fellow overthinkers, on the lighter side of overthinking…

  1. Multiple choice or true/false on tests is brutal. Multiple choice is…

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