Jade is an indie author from Louisiana. While her first book failed, she has plans to edit and republish it and try again. She has a senior min pin that she calls her little editor, and a passion for video games and makeup.
Scott Pilgrim is the Villain in His Own Movie
I hadn't heard the term 'manic pixie dream girl' before watching Scott Pilgrim. The first time I saw the movie, I envied Ramona Flowers because she could dye her hair whatever color she wanted. The ever-changing hair color blinded me and didn't realize that Ramona wasn't a fleshed-out character. Now I realize that I probably know more about her seven evil exes than I know about her.
I Lost 91 Dollars Because of Mercari
In the past, I tried to sell some old comic books online using the Letgo app. Unfortunately, I didn't sell anything and spent the majority of my time on that app blocking and reporting users. One man sent me a message to tell me he'd been in prison for ten years and thought I was the most beautiful woman he'd ever seen. Another man asked me if he could smell my feet. It was disturbing, and I wanted nothing more to do with the app, so I just kept my comic books.
The Truth About Loyalty Programs
A few years ago, I realized I was being asked to sign up for loyalty programs at every place I shopped. Places like Petco, PetSmart, and Sephora all had something to offer me if I signed up. They promised me a chance to save money, get exclusive coupons, and return things without a receipt. If I shopped there frequently, I would sign up, but whenever I declined to sign up, my cashier would ask me again. Sometimes even growing more aggressive than they’d been before.
Not All Top Stories Are Promoted Equally
I finally did it! After all my hard work, I finally had one of my stories featured as a top story on vocal. I thought I wouldn’t have my work featured on the top stories page. In fact, sometimes I doubted my writing abilities because I never graced the front page. Now I’ve had three of my stories featured, so I’m pretty proud of myself.
Do Men Have More Freedom When it Comes to Expressing Their Dating Preferences?
This morning I was scrolling through Medium, and I noticed an article about a woman being ‘gross.’ The accompanying photo was an overweight woman with pink hair. I knew before I read the article that it was going to be about a bigger woman being body shamed.
9 Things You Need to Survive The Aftermath of a Storm
Like many, I financially could not leave during hurricane Ida. The storm caused many to lose power, including myself. I was shocked to find just how ill-prepared I was to be without power for so long. While I had basic things, such as nonperishable food, bottled water, and flashlights, there were many things I’d overlooked. So, what are the things I wish I’d had during the storm?
Things I’ve Learned While Working in a Cosmetics Store
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for makeup. I view it as an art and have even considered making it a permanent career. I’ve had people encourage me to show off my makeup skills on YouTube or TikTok, and even put serious thought about going to school for makeup artistry. While I haven’t crossed these career paths completely off, I’m not sure that they’re for me. I’ve still learned a lot from working with makeup, and I want to share that knowledge with you.
No Matter How Hard I Work, I Will Never Have The Same Opportunities as Kim Kardashian
I’ve wanted to be a professional writer for as long as I can remember. I used to write ‘books’ in elementary school and share them with my teachers. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve dreamed of holding my book in my hands and meeting fans at book signings. I’d love to write full time and support myself with my writing, but that hasn’t happened yet. I have made some money from my writing, but it’s not enough to support myself. Even worse, I haven’t been able to finish my book.
I Am Legend is Both My Favorite Book and My Least Favorite Movie
A few days ago, I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about our favorite movies. He told me he could talk about his favorite movie for hours, and he asked me if there was a movie that I felt that way about. It didn't take me long to think of an answer: I Am Legend.
What the Heck is a Mandy or Amanda Scam?
I recently moved to a new city and made some adjustments to my profile on Indeed. Lots of employers started sending me messages, telling me they thought I’d be the perfect match for a job within their company. I wasn’t interested in most of the listings, but there were a handful that caught my attention. Most of these job listings were remote, with a higher income than I was used to.
How to Overcome a Breakup
A few years ago, I thought I'd found the one. He seemed sweet, kind, and he had goals. As time passed, I discovered he wasn't the man I'd thought he was. I was unhappy, but I feel ashamed to admit that I hadn't picked a winner. I knew we weren't right for each other, but I couldn't bring myself to end the relationship because I still loved him. When we eventually broke up, it hurt.
A Blue Dress Made Me Realize an Uncomfortable Truth
My eyes filled with tears as I struggled to avoid catching a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I knew I'd gained weight, but I hadn't realized how much until I tried to pull on the blue dress and found it wouldn't go past my thighs. Although my ex-boyfriend would disagree, I'd spent most of my life as either a thin or mid-sized girl. That moment when I was alone in the fitting room was the moment, I realized I was heavier than I'd ever been. My heart sank to my stomach as I realized I was probably plus-sized.