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Are You Staying In The Wrong Relationship?

When I listen to friends of mine and their relationship dramas, there is by far no greater tragedy than the ones who have been dating the same guy for years, and staying in the wrong relationships.

We all know the reasons they are doing it: The safety, security, fear of loneliness, fear of starting over, and so on.

But here’s the thing: Nothing is 100% safe or secure. And the more important question to ask yourself is:...


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5 Ways to Relieve Anxiety (When Meditation Fails)



Graphic illustration by Kristin Vogel

I’ve always wondered what it would feel like to go an entire day without worrying. Is that even possible? As a naturally anxious person, I can’t even imagine feeling so carefree that nothing bothered me. And I’m a writer, a profession known for inviting judgment, so you can imagine how the wheels in my head are always spinning. That being said, I’m grateful that my anxiety is manageable and...


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How to Avoid the Validation Trap


Why do you get nervous before an interview? When you see someone attractive, why don’t you talk to him/her? Pressure.

Pressure is what prevents us from really enjoying life and doing what’s necessary to get the results we want. We feel pressure because of expectations – expectations we’ve built up in our minds, expectations that we feel we have to live up to. We fear embarrassment, failure, and being judged by others.

The problem is that many of us...


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Why Change Is Uncomfortable, But Necessary


In the span of three months I can’t believe how my life has done a complete 180 – new apartment, new job, new people - to go through so many changes in such a short time can be a lot to process. And while I know these changes are exciting and will be good for me in the long-term, it’s still overwhelming.

Sometimes change is thrust upon you, even if you aren’t ready for it. It’s...


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The Olympian Mindset: 7 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Be Successful


Watching an athlete’s backstory is probably my favorite part of the Olympics. I got chills seeing Chloe Kim win the gold the other day - so inspiring what she's accomplished and what she's been through to get to this point.

Growing up, I was a competitive athlete so I know about intense training sessions, overcoming injuries, and pushing your body to the absolute limit. But in the end it’s all worth it when you reach your...


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The Fastest Way to Heal a Broken Heart


Most people will tell you that to cure a broken heart, distraction is the key. Be social, spend time with friends and family, or take that trip you've always wanted! To some extent this is true - you should stay busy. But when it comes to emotional healing, distraction alone isn't going to do it.

In my experience, the most effective...