5 Ways I Deal When Life Feels Overwhelming

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By Kate Kole

I am the opposite of a procrastinator. In college, I’d spend the first day of a new term filled with anxiety as I flipped through the pages of each course syllabus, already stressing out over assignments due week 6. I’d stake my seat in the library on Friday afternoons (as if others were actually vying for that spot) so I could get a head start on papers that didn’t need to be turned in until Monday morning.

I file my taxes in January, have tried to pay my credit card balance before the statement is available to view, occasionally get up in the 4 o’clock hour to unload the dishwasher, and begin worrying that we’ll run out of toilet paper while we still have a couple rolls left. Continue reading

Four Hearts and 1000 Plans

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By Makenna Doty

I was cleaning out my car yesterday (okay no I was sitting in the drive-thru line, digging up quarters for my gas station soda) and I found a necklace. It’s a thin copper chain with four heart outlines right in the middle. This necklace came from a small boutique in my college town. My older sister purchased it for me as a graduation gift. I remember my flight home at the end of that semester. I was so proud of myself. I had a plan. I had a job. I had a ton of experience and even more memories. I had a home to go back to. My dad had bought me a first class ticket.

I remember clutching those four little hearts as the plane took off- my own heart beating out of control. A few little ice crystals had formed on my window and reminded me of that first snow my freshman year. We flew over little squares of farmland and my mind returned to those summer nights when I would run miles past those potato fields of eastern Idaho. Continue reading

Finding Purpose In Vulnerability

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By Jillian Leslie

Being vulnerable is not fun nor glamorous, because it requires a willingness to expose that which we would rather keep hidden. It leaves us at an increased risk for danger, disappointment and sometimes even regret. Rarely do we choose to succumb to vulnerability, but often we are forced into it through circumstance.

Why do we do it? Why do we put ourselves out there? Why bother? The answer is because vulnerability is crucial for personal growth and is key to living a purposeful life.

My first real experience being truly vulnerable came this year. Continue reading

Thank You, Trump…

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By Catherine Miele

Before you click that “x” in the corner of your screen, please keep reading and know this is NOT that kind of post.

I’m a registered Democrat although I have voted and always will vote for issues over party. I proudly and almost tearfully voted for Hillary Clinton, and I do not believe that Trump’s values are my values. In a sense, I’m #stillwithher and every single woman who marched—in the flesh or in spirit—on January 21. Continue reading

Shining A Crucial Light On Cervical Health Awareness

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By Cece Flores

With January coming to a close, you may have seen some stuff about Cervical Health Awareness Month. This is a topic that I think could use a larger spotlight, in part because I was hit with this awareness at a point where it was kind of too late.

I feel like we don’t receive enough (or proper) education about our reproductive health growing up, whether that be at home or at school. In many cases that leads to a lot of us making less informed and potentially dangerous decisions with our bodies. Finding myself in the same boat as a large number of people, but feeling like I was about to fall overboard and drown due to the near radio silence on the topic, made me extremely anxious for months. This was not a thing I could find a way to talk openly about without receiving some perhaps well meaning but overly critical feedback. That made it feel so much worse. Continue reading

3 Things No One Told Me About Long Distance Relationships

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By Megan Kramer 

From movies to books to magazines, the sentiment is everywhere: long distance relationships don’t work.

But as someone who has been in one for more than a year—and who has watched my still-married parents endure multiple military deployments of various lengths—I’d like to respectfully disagree. As long as you are willing to put in the work, and not shame yourself for making it work in your own way, long distance relationships are possible. Continue reading

What Matters Most

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By Kate Kole

I have a short, eclectic list of movies I’ve seen too many times to count. On it: Father of the Bride, The -original- Parent Trap, Dumb & Dumber (I told you it was eclectic), and It’s a Wonderful Life. I watch and cry my way through George Bailey’s journey every Christmas, but to be honest, I’d watch it in July too. And as a matter of fact, I just might make it a bi-annual tradition starting this year. Because every time I take in the story, I’m left with a feeling of immense gratitude for my family, my friends, my home, my health, and my life.

During the last 10 minutes of the film, I become a bit of a blubberer, tears welling up in my eyes as I shout “Merry Christmas” back at the TV and begin to hug my husband and dogs. It’s emotionally overwhelming in the best way because it’s like I see with fresh eyes all the everyday things that are so easy to overlook and take for granted. Continue reading

What The Chicago Women’s March Taught Me

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By Megan Kramer

When I first heard about the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., that would follow the inauguration of Donald Trump, I was determined to join. It felt like the first real action I could take to potentially make a difference—an action that would fly in the face of the sexist, racist, divisive rhetoric coming from Trump and his cabinet.

I booked a plane ticket from Chicago and made lodging plans that wouldn’t break the bank, but, unfortunately, those lodging plans fell through at the last minute. Unable to find another affordable and safe option in time, I decided I would go to the Chicago Women’s March instead. I was disappointed I wouldn’t make it to D.C., but little did I know that marching in Chicago would turn out to be even more inspiring. Continue reading

What Your Handwriting Says About You

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By De Elizabeth

In an age of computers and smartphones, we’re willing to bet that most people don’t write a lot by hand anymore. Remember the days of elementary school when we were taught to write in cursive? Kids today don’t learn cursive (for the most part), and our lives happen pretty fast – it makes sense that we don’t always have time to write in a journal or compose a handwritten letterContinue reading

We Are Millennials

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By Jillian Stacia

We are millennials.

We are defined by our technology. It runs through our veins. It is the filter through which we see the world. It is both our servant and our master, our greatest accomplishment and our biggest downfall.

We believe in working smarter, not harder. In saving time for the things that truly matter

We believe we can change the world. We believe our voice matters. We believe in the power of the few. Continue reading