I’m Done Apologizing

Sorry I'm Not Sorry

By Catherine Miele

All of my life, I’ve been “the apologizer.”

I’ve struggled with insecurity and an exhausting perfectionism since I was a young child, and while I can be incredibly selfish at times, I was also blessed with the “people pleasing” gene.

Now that I’m mommy to a toddler and continuing to work full-time outside of my home, I’ve found a whole new set of things for which I must apologize.

But here’s the thing. Constantly saying “I’m sorry” for one’s existence or personality benefits nobody. Continue reading

My One Word Mantra For 2018

My One Word Mantra For 2018

By Kate Kole

My mind has always aired on the side of imaginative. As a kid, my friend Andrea and I would spend our after-school hours writing plays. We’d climb through the woods behind my childhood home and make up stories that we were lost in the wilderness, needing to eat berries and build shelter in order to survive. Forget the fact that you could still see the back of my house as we marched our way through broken branches. As far as our fantasies were concerned, we may as well have been states away.

My daydreams are a bit more grounded now. They don’t typically require the same level of suspended reality that they did 20 years ago…except when I ask my husband if we can make a fort in our living room. They’re more like an expansion of everyday life. If I’m feeling lonely, I picture what it’d be like to live a block away from my family. And if I’m feeling cold, I envision a move back to a place with palm trees. If I’m worried about the future, I imagine all the worst ways life could go wrong. And if I’m feeling optimistic, I map out best case scenarios in my mind. Continue reading

17 Things I Learned In 2017

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By Jillian Stacia

Part of my New Year’s tradition is to develop a list of things I’ve learned throughout the past twelve months. Each year is different and filled with unique challenges and opportunities, and it’s nice to look back and think about what I’ve learned throughout the process.

2017 was no exception. Personally, it was a year of massive change on many levels, capped off with the birth of my first child. And for America as a whole, it was a shit show of a year with natural disasters, social issues, and political drama at every turn.

But despite these challenges, 2017 taught me a great deal about life and the part I hope to play in it. Here are just some of the things I’ve learned over the course of this crazy year: Continue reading

8 Thoughtful Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Your Mom

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By Brigitte Evans

The holidays are just around the corner, and if you like the process of gift giving and making someone feel special and happy, this is your time of the year. Even though it might be somewhat easy to pick a Christmas gift for your special someone since you already know the things they like, buying a present for your family members can be a bit tricky.

One of the most important people in our lives is definitely our mom, and choosing the right gift for her could be a bit troublesome, as we don’t want to get her something she won’t absolutely love. Take a look at these 8 types of moms and choose a present accordingly. She will be more than grateful. Continue reading

8 Tips to Help You Pack Like a Pro this Holiday Season

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By Brigitte Evans

Family vacations are a bit of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, you get to change up the mundane and do something exciting with your loved ones, on the other… well, the whole thing can be a mess. Just organizing everyone’s schedule to get away for a few days is a nightmare, and then even when you manage, there’s that one big demon that will make even the most patient of parents go insane: the packing.

There’s so much stuff that you need, and then even more stuff that you probably won’t really need, but you’d like to have there just in case. If you’re traveling with a baby, then it becomes even more difficult because all those diapers take up a surprisingly large chunk of space, and you need to have them on hand at any moment. But hey, we get it. We’re here for you. Let us show you a few packing hacks to make your life easier this holiday season. Continue reading

An Open Letter to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, From a Survivor of Assault

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By Christie Page

Dear Sarah Huckabee Sanders,

It is finally time I penned this letter to you directly. I have spent quite some time deciding on the tone of this letter and what I want to reflect. Most importantly, I have asked myself if I were you, what would I need to hear to empathize with the plight of millions of women who have bravely come forward in an effort to be heard?

I wonder about you. I wonder if in those moments when you are alone in your car on your commute to work, or when you first wake up in the morning before your feet hit the ground, if ever there is a time when you say to yourself: “I can’t do this anymore.” Continue reading

4 New Year’s Resolutions to Make in the Name of Love

By Isabel F. William

I may be a little chubby on the hips and I may have made one too many promises to myself, like the one where I’m giving up chocolate and carbs altogether along with dropping the Netflix binge-watching. I may also have mentally committed to working out regularly, five times a week. Maybe I’ve even gone to the point of promising myself to keep the family gatherings (hint: mother-in-law visits) civil. And maybe, but just maybe – I’ve failed to do all of these altogether. Continue reading

When the Holidays Bring More Pain than Joy

By Cece Flores

The holiday season is one that brings images of togetherness, comfort and joy to mind…depending on whose mind you’re examining. For some of us, the seemingly immediate jump from Halloween to Christmas feels like someone stomped on the panic button in our brains. The transition is so quick it can feel subtly violent, like a month of your time has just been erased from your life. Why do we Eternal Sunshine the month of November? Not cool.
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What to Give Your Most Organized Friends For the Holidays

By Isabel F. William

If you enjoy giving presents as much as receiving them, you know how important and rewarding it is to find just the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Surprising them with presents that they really need and want, even when they themselves don’t know it, and putting smiles on their faces is the best part of giving presents. And if your friends are super organized, there’s plenty of great ideas that will make their lives a little less chaotic. Ahead, check out our gift guide for the most meticulously organized person in your life. Continue reading