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Being Proud of Pride
The first time a friend came out to me, I was a Freshman in high school. I was sitting on the chair lift at ski club with my dear friend and thrill-seeking ski partner, Gil, when he turned to me and said
Breaking Free from Negative Self-Talk
(FULL DISCLOSURE: NONE of this is written to fish for compliments. ALL of this is to shed light on what I know I’m not alone in doing)
Hobnobbin' in Charleston
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times- I am an Ohioan with the soul of a Carolinian. What the heck does that mean, you might ask?
A Dating Guide for the Seasons
There are some people who are summer people, some who love spring, those who “fall in love” with fall, and people who enjoy cozying up to winter; and then, there are those who (like myself) cannot get enough of the changing of the seasons—and couldn’t possibly pick just one.
Lessons I've learned from dogs I've loved
I have had dogs my entire life (minus a dark stage that lasted 3 years between my first and second dogs). I grew up with them in my house, in my friends’ houses, in my family members houses. As a child, my best friend and I knew which houses in the neighborhood had dogs and visited them frequently to walk their dogs- not for money- just because we wanted to (before you ask- yes, are STILL kicking ourselves today that we weren’t the ones to come up with Wag & Rover) and when people would ask what my favorite smell was I, confidently and without hesitation, would answer “wet dogs”. After college, I had a job at a doggy daycare (truly a dream come true), and then jumped on the Wag bandwagon as a dog walker, not to mention a word-of-mouth pet sitter/dog walker, and my parents’ permanent dog sitter.
"Don't You Miss Drinking?"
I guess the best way to start this is just to dive right in. My name’s Emily, I’m an alcoholic and I’m very open about it, which, to each their own it’s anonymous for a reason, I’m just not a good rule follower. I know for a fact that it catches people off guard when I offer up this little morsel about myself. How do I know? Because it’s usually followed by “really?!” (yes really, thanks for asking), or “Oh no you’re not!” (oh, but I am), or my favorite, “but you don’t look like an alcoholic!” (now tell me, what exactly does an alcoholic look like?).
A Definitive Ranking of Dating Apps
Take it from me (or don’t, really it’s your call) that girl who was a part-time swiper, full-time third wheel. The girl who constantly got asked “how are you single?!” (sidenote- for what it’s worth, do NOT ask single people such dumb and borderline insulting questions), and promised to be set up by every friend, aunt, uncle, coworker, barista, and stranger on the street. The one who was passively swiping but also secretly kind of loving the single life, I KNOW dating sites (at least the free ones). While all of my friends were settling down, getting married, and having kids, I was dabbling in online dating, apps, and sharing dinners with my cat. But the strange thing was- I was okay with it! In the end, I walked away relatively unscathed and currently dating the dude of my dreams (barf) who I met- not so surprisingly- on one of those apps. Let’s take a deep dive into my ranking of online dating as we travel through my short, and brutally honest, segment “Are These Even Worth It?”
Who is ec.from.cle?
First off- if you've gotten this far, thank you. Thank you for taking a second to support something I have always been passionate about, found an escape in, and truly just enjoy doing- writing, sharing, laughing, existing. Oh and also- welcome.