Mama, wife, writer.
How to Survive the Holidays When Your Family Makes You Anxious
Christmas has always been my favourite holiday. It has always reminded me of the blissful ignorance of childhood when the world was viewed through a sparkly, magical lens of happiness. I didn’t care what the adults around me were up to. I was just happy that they were there and that there were presents and cookies and good music.
How to Be Romantic With an Introvert
I am an extremely introverted and just flat out awkward person. And my poor husband learned early on that I am not a romantic person… at least not outwardly so. I am adamant that I do not like to be touched (but I do, just only in certain ways and at certain times and by very certain people), I claim that I don’t like cliché romantic gestures, and I’ve just always been difficult at receiving love.
Why We Need to Stop Using the Word "Mansplaining"
I am a feminist and I hate the word “mansplaining.” According to Google dictionary, mansplain is an informal verb used to describe a man explaining something to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing. So basically it means a man is explaining something to a woman and she perceives it as being condescending. CONDESCENDING. PATRONIZING. Gender-neutral words. Words that could describe an annoying way of speaking by any gender. Why are we not just using those words? Why have we created a derogatory, gender-based insult specifically for men?
How You Can Make the Internet a Better Place
The internet is undoubtedly the most incredible invention on the planet. It allows us to research anything at any time, it allows us to connect with people all over the world within milliseconds, and it allows us to share our thoughts and pictures and lives with any number of people all at once.
Why I Won't Encourage My Children to Have Children
I love my children more than life itself. I’m honestly a little obsessed with them. I didn’t know what love really was until I became a mother. They are beautiful little souls and the mere thought of a life without them makes me burst into tears.
When You Feel Bad Because He's Nice
I’m sure, at one point or another, we’ve all experienced the guilty sensation we get from not really liking someone even though they’re nice. If you’re someone like me (until very recently), you might not know what to do in these situations. I’ll admit, I’ve carried on week-long conversations, I’ve gone on dates, and I’ve even kissed someone because I felt bad rejecting the person because he was nice. I know more than a few women who’ve gone so far as sleeping with someone because they didn’t really see a way out of it without offending the guy and they didn’t want to do that because he was nice.
54 Thoughts That Cross a Woman's Mind When She Is Cheated On
Thoughts That Go Through Your Head When You Get Cheated On When we are cheated on, we are completely overcome by a million different emotions. That’s honestly the hardest part of being cheated on; the way our mind processes it. Of course it’s hard to come to the realization that someone you love has betrayed you in such a drastic way. But what’s worse is the images our minds create and the whiplash of feelings we have to feel. Which explains why it’s common for people to go get completely hammered when their heart gets broken. We just want to shut our minds the fuck up for a few minutes.
When the Grief is Not Your Own
I have been fortunate enough to not have someone extremely close to me pass away (knock on wood). But those that are closest to me have lost people extremely close to them. My mother lost her father and her brothers. My father lost his mother. My brother lost two of his best friends. My husband lost his brother. My mother-in-law and father-in-law lost their son.
How to Not Woo a Woman
The world of dating is tough. Especially online dating. It seems like every time you want a real relationship, everyone else wants a hook-up and every time you want a hook-up, everyone else wants you to meet their mother and join their church and bare their children.
9 Things to Do Instead of Cheating
Cheating sucks. To be the cheater sucks pretty badly, I’m sure. As Steve said in the Sex and the City movie, “it’s been killing me.” Yeah Steve, I’m sure it has. You probably feel guilty. You’re feeling regret. You maybe even hate yourself a bit. But remember Miranda’s response? “It’s killing you??” Sorry, Steve. You’re not feeling what she’s feeling. You’re not feeling betrayed. You’re not feeling humiliated. You’re not feeling like someone just cut you open and ripped out every happy feeling you’ve ever felt and left you feeling cold and dark and empty.