I am an incredible fan of the written word. Since a child, I would indulge in different worlds through the covers of some of my favorite books. I would lock myself in my room until finished; sometimes going an entire day without food or sleep. While I cannot devote as much time to reading as when I was a kid, I still love adding to my reading list each month. While I don't discriminate, I do go through phases of what type of books I like reading.
Technically, this list could be 50+ ways you can earn money writing. There are so many outlets out there for creatives to make a profit doing what they love. While it might be hard work, I find following my passion one of the most significant rewards of all time. I am so incredibly grateful that I get to wake up every single day and do what I have fantasized about since a little girl. This life might not be what I envisioned, but I can assure you it is so much better than I thought.
There is a topic many people are uncomfortable talking about with their partners. While almost all of us have had sex, we get choked up when asked to start a conversation about what happens underneath the sheets. I was one of those people. For whatever reason, I felt weird discussing this with my partner. Therefore, I had many nights that ended in uncomfortable or painful positions, because I was too scared to say something.
There is something more crippling then our political war going on, and it is sitting in our homes. It is that little bubble of self-doubt. It creeps in when we least expect it and it latches on like a leech. You can be the most confident person in the world, and yet, self-doubt can break down every wall you have ever built. This is something every individual deals with at one point in their life, and it is time we start talking about it. Whether it is your looks, your brains, or your abilities to perform a specific task, self-doubt can kill all the good we created.
I've been somewhat of a hypocrite in a few of my articles about sex. To go into more detail, I've spoken about how communication is critical in the bedroom without practicing what I preach. While I do talk with my boyfriend about certain things, I still become an awkward turtle when it comes to specific topics. For example, just the other day I wanted to let him know about a particular situation that had made me feel uncomfortable in the bedroom. I stumbled through my speech, became red in the face, and made the entire talk feel weird. By the end of it, he asked me a question that I've been thinking about for a while now: “Why does talking about sex make you so uncomfortable?”
With the year coming to a close and the excitement of what the next 365 days might bring, we are all creating the new year's resolution list in our minds. While I'm not a fan of creating goals on a particular day, I understand the mentality behind it. Each year feels like a clean slate for us to change things we don't like in our lives. However, most of us create goals that fizz out within the first two weeks of January. The problem isn't making a goal, but building one that we can genuinely accomplish.
There was an instance some years ago where I was leaving my mother's house late at night. Before heading home, I decided to head towards a fast food place and grab a quick bite. It was a Sunday night and, being a relatively small town, the streets were empty. As I crawled to a stop at a red light, I noticed a white car that was in the second lane to my left. Two men looked to be in their early 30s and, once I stopped right next to them, were staring dead in my direction.
Before I talk about why college isn't for everyone, I want to disclaim that I am not telling people to ditch their college dreams and goals. While it isn't for everyone, it is also a great asset for some people. Getting a degree in a field you love, making memories and following your dreams looks differently for every person. This article is merely to point out that you don't have to go to college to become a successful human being. Each person's journey is different, which is what makes us all uniquely special.