We’re Going To Be Okay

We're Going To Be Okay

By Jillian Stacia

It’s been a rough couple of days. If you live in America then you know what I mean.

When things like this happen, I find myself falling silent. Not in my personal life, or on social media, or in my own private journals, but here, in this space. More than ever, I’m realizing just how important our words are. I want to make sure I get them right. I don’t want to be another voice in the void. I don’t want to add more fuel to the fire. I don’t want to say something just because. Continue reading

Raising A Child In The Trump Administration

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By Jillian Stacia

Recently, Thirty On Tap contributor Catherine Miele wrote about how she’s scared to have a second child in today’s political landscape. I’m currently pregnant with my first child and can completely relate to Catherine’s feelings. I’ve found myself thinking about this more and more with every passing news story. I’m insecure about so many things when it comes to motherhood, but nothing scares me more than having to raise a child in the Trump Administration. Continue reading

5 Lady-Boss Inspirations to Take Away From “Girls Trip”

By Eliza David

Like most women in America, I looked forward to the premiere weekend of the comedy blockbuster, Girls Trip. This was not only a movie centering around black women with a message of friendship, but it was filled with all the naughty comedy a romance writer like me can appreciate. I went to see the film on its opening Friday night and walked away with a headache from laughing so much. Girls Trip boasts an ensemble of talented ladies, great writing, raucous humor, and beautiful men. It was beyond awesome, everything I wanted in a comedy – period. I hadn’t laughed that hard at a comedy since Amy Poehler/Tina Fey’s Sisters, but the fabulous foursome of Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish are on higher plane than any comedy ensemble I’ve seen in years.

But, beyond the laughs, your resident #GirlBoss Guru walked away with some reminders that soothed both my business mind and busy soul. Continue reading

How Sansa Stark Is Redefining Feminine Power Both On And Off The Screen

How Sansa Stark Is Redefining Feminine Power Both On And Off The Screen

By Jillian Stacia

Sansa Stark is arguably one of the most divisive characters on Game of Thrones. She’s been known to repulse viewers with her naïve and immature tendencies, and she’s the character fans tend to like the least.

On the other hand, supporters of Sansa claim that she’s slowly emerging as a feminist leader and is carving out a new definition for what it means to be a strong woman in a world dominated and ruled by men. Continue reading

Why I’m Scared to Have a Second Child

Thoughts On Having Kids In Today's World

By Catherine Miele

I am an only child, and so is my husband.

As a result of my upbringing, I’ve always imagined having at least two children.

That’s not to say my two-year-old son is less than my entire world – after all, his perfectly fitting name means “bringer of light” – yet I, perhaps selfishly, want him to know what it’s like to have a best friend in the form of a brother or sister.

But (because there’s always a but) I’m scared to try. Continue reading

5 Nasty Women Who Are Doing This Resistance Thing Better Than Anyone Else

5 Nasty Women Who Are Doing This Resistance Thing Better Than Anyone Else

By Jillian Stacia

It’s been more than six months since Trump took office, and it seems like there is a new catastrophe every day. It’s hard to stay committed to resistance when it’s so much easier to stick your head in the sand – or in front of Netflix – and pretend like none of this is happening.

But as tempting as that may be, we owe it to each other to keep fighting. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of women are kicking ass at this resistance thing. Hopefully you’ll get some ideas, or at the very least some inspiration, to help you stay focused. Don’t give up hope, nasty women! We need you! Continue reading

9 Chilling Mysteries To Add To Your Summer Reading List

Summer Thrills

By Casey Rose Frank

Though I’m the type of reader to enjoy a good mystery or sharp thriller year round, there’s something about summer that gets me extra excited to read books with twisty plots and high tension twists. Maybe it’s because as an adult I yearn for the ghost stories told around the campfire as kid.

June, July, and August deliver some tales that I can either personally vouch for how awesome they are, are new books from well-known names, or have received enough positive advance praise for me to feel confident giving them the thumbs up. Continue reading

Embracing The Darkness That Leads To Light

Let Your Darkness Lead You To Your Light

By Kate Kole

The Target sale stickers get me every time. In my (failed) attempt to zoom past the rows of books on a recent outing, the 30% off tag on its cover caught my eye and propelled me to impulse buy a copy of the memoir, Present Over Perfect.

Upon flipping through the first couple chapters, the benefits of the insight offered in its pages outweighed its discount price. By the time I reached what I viewed to be the goldmine chapter, ‘Must Be Nice’, I could practically feel the truth of Neiquist’s written words running off the pages and through my veins. Continue reading