Five Lessons I Learned From Participating In NaNoWriMo

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By Jillian Stacia

Last year, I participated in National November Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Despite being incredibly difficult, it was by far one of the highlights of my year. I learned a lot about myself, about writing, and about what it takes to be a successful author.

And even though I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo again this year, I’d highly recommend the experience to someone else, because it taught me so many invaluable lessons that I still use today. Continue reading

10 Ways To Be The Most Unique House on the Block This Halloween

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By De and Kate

If you’re planning on hosting Trick-or-Treaters this year, you already know that you need to stock up on Halloween candy. Sure, it’s easy to run to CVS or the grocery store and buy one of those generic bags of Skittles, Reese’s Pieces, or Milky Ways, but perhaps this should be the year that you take Halloween to the next level and set yourself apart. We’ve rounded up our favorite types of unconventional candy to help make your house be the most unique on the block – although we know that you’ll probably eat more of them than the kids, and that’s okay. Take a look!  Continue reading

10 Unexpected Gifts I Discovered Through My Divorce

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By Heather Angiletta

I do not advocate divorce. It sucks. It is a dream killer that will likely rip you into one thousand pieces.

But if you are at a point grappling whether your marriage is where you should be (and have done couples counseling, individual counseling, dealt with your own shit, given it time, and generally tried to step up and make it work), then I have something I want to tell you. Continue reading

Happiness Isn’t the End Goal

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By Kate

I had a really good childhood. My parents were loving and supportive. My sister was nurturing. My brother was overprotective. And for all those reasons, I often felt happy.

I was sheltered in the best way possible, by my Iowa hometown, my close-knit family, and my loyal friends. So, feelings of sadness, shame, and loneliness came in short lived spurts. Continue reading