Falling Elegantly

5 days ago

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Perspective. It all comes down to perspective.

Choose a spot outside. Do nothing for ten minutes. Write about it.

Twenty of us doing this same class exercise, yet twenty of us will have completely different experiences. I am plopped on the slanted ground, doing my best to remain balanced in one spot. This may not be the most logical spot to sit, but it was calling my name all the same. I have…

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Sometimes I Forget I’ve Been Diagnosed With Depression

6 days ago

Sometimes I Forget I’ve Been Diagnosed With Depression

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I consider myself a pretty happy, content person. Life is usually good. I have a loving family, incredible friends and attend an amazing institution with countless opportunities. I can’t find much to complain about.

Sometimes life is so good that I even forget I suffer from depression.

I write about my sobriety often, but I never really write about depression and negative self-image– the…

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"4 Things I Do When I Wake Up With Alcoholism" by Danielle Stewart

1 week ago

“4 Things I Do When I Wake Up With Alcoholism” by Danielle Stewart

We hear all the time that alcoholism is a disease. Still, people new to sobriety or who haven’t struggled with it can’t seem to wrap their heads around what it means to have alcoholism. With “alcohol” in the title, many assume the illness is confined to an addiction to alcohol and the subsequent lifelong battle not pick up the next drink. While these are definitely characteristics of the disease…

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“If someone disappoints you over and over, that’s in large part your own fault. Once someone…

“If someone disappoints you over and over, that’s in large part your own fault. Once someone has shown a tendency to be self-centered, you need to recognize that and take care of yourself; people aren’t going to change simply because you want them to.”

— Oprah Winfrey

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Jennifer Lawrence’s Nude Photo Responses Were Not ‘Sexist, False and Sad’

1 week ago

Jennifer Lawrence’s Nude Photo Responses Were Not ‘Sexist, False and Sad’

I recently stumbled across an article by Matt Fradd entitled “He Doesn’t Need Your Sext: A Response To Jennifer Lawrence” (http://lifeteen.com/he-doesnt-need-your-sext-response-jennifer-lawrence/). The article addresses (from a highly religious standpoint) the leaked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and her response to said photos.

I typically try to keep my opinions on situations such as this on…

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Before you say yes, get him angry. See him scared, see him wanting, see him sick. Stress changes a…

Before you say yes, get him angry. See him scared, see him wanting, see him sick. Stress changes a person. Find out if he drinks and if he does, get him drunk – you’ll learn more about his sober thoughts. Discover his addictions. See if he puts you in front of them. You can’t change people, baby girl. If they are made one way, it doesn’t just wear off. If you hate how he acts when he’s out of it…

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Date someone who is interested in you. I don’t mean someone who thinks you’re cute or funny. I mean…

Date someone who is interested in you. I don’t mean someone who thinks you’re cute or funny. I mean someone who wants to know every insignificant detail about you. Someone who wants to read every word you write. Someone who wants hear every note of your favourite song, and watch every scene of your favourite movie. Someone wants to find every scar upon your body, and learn where each one came…

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I’m Not Meant To Follow Dating Rules, And I’m Not Sorry

2 weeks ago

I’m Not Meant To Follow Dating Rules, And I’m Not Sorry

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Screw dating rules.

We follow rules in every other aspect of life – we shouldn’t have to when it comes to dating, yet  we feel pressured to.  I know I do at least. I have spent the past week in such a state of frustration, confusion, anger, and hurt because I broke supposed “rules” about dating.

But here’s the thing – none (or at least a minimal amount) of those emotions are directed at the…

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“‘When I grow up, I want to be an alcoholic’ says no one ever” by Allison Hudson

3 weeks ago

“‘When I grow up, I want to be an alcoholic’ says no one ever” by Allison Hudson

http://www.shatterproof.org/blog/entry/when-i-grow-up-i-want-to-be-an-alcoholic-says-no-one-ever

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The Danger of Secret Alcoholism by Susan Cheever

1 month ago

The Danger of Secret Alcoholism by Susan Cheever

http://www.alternet.org/drugs/danger-secret-alcoholism

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Sometimes ‘No’ Needs To Be The Answer

1 month ago

Sometimes ‘No’ Needs To Be The Answer

I’ve always valued my alone time, but I also enjoy leading a relatively busy life. Unfortunately in the world of a communication major, this means alone time is rare – it is communication after all, which normally implies more than one person is involved.

I bring this up because I have been busting my butt to exert all effort possible in my three classes, on-campus job, job at the St. Cloud…

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6,000 Alcoholics, a Duck and an Overload of Emotions

1 month ago

6,000 Alcoholics, a Duck and an Overload of Emotions

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Here’s the short version of this post for those of you with attention span issues: I spent four days in August with 6,000 alcoholics – 6,000 people just like me regardless of gender, age, history, hometown. I spent four days with these people and had the f***ing time of my life.

Here’s the long version for those of you who feel so inclined to continue reading.

I spent this time in San Antonio,…

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For the first time in my journalistic career, I am really struggling with the personal vs.…

For the first time in my journalistic career, I am really struggling with the personal vs. professional line. A friend and classmate recently died, and as the editor of the paper, I need to choose how to cover the event in a timely matter, but still be sensitive to the family and friends. Any advice would be appreciated.

This is how I am feeling. Sums it up…

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Hey all, No worries, I’m still alive. I’ve had a crazy few weeks with leaving New…

Hey all,

No worries, I’m still alive. I’ve had a crazy few weeks with leaving New Jersey and coming  back to Minnesota, then having to pack right back up and move to school for SENIOR YEAR. I promise I’ll get back to it soon.

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