The Mantra Helping Me Deal with Anxiety Over Becoming a First-Time Mom

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By Kate Kole

Without ever labeling it, I began struggling with anxiety in college. It was the first time in my life that I was overcome with a desire, which felt more like a need, to be perfect. I hit the gym at 6 am for the perfect body, and I studied like crazy for perfect grades. It became an almost addictive pattern. The more control I felt I had, the more control I craved.

And so, it didn’t stop with graduation. It only intensified. I had all the classic symptoms that came with it: excessive worry, trouble sleeping, stomach issues, and a lot of inexplicable sweaty panic. But I justified my anxiety as a good thing. Because as much as it destroyed me, I’d convinced myself that it simultaneously drove me to be my best. Until it didn’t. Continue reading

In Defense Of Yoga Pants: Live And Let Live

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By Kate Kole

I’m wearing sweatpants as I write.  Which is unsurprising, because I spend as much time as possible in my sweats. It’s been a lifelong love affair between me and that glorious cotton/poly blend and I have the childhood photos to prove just how often I’ve chosen to favor comfort over fashion.

So, it pretty much goes without saying that I can totally get on board with hitting the gym in sweats. Especially on an 8-degree morning, like the one detailed in The New York Times OpEd piece, Why Yoga Pants Are Bad For Women.

What I can’t get on board with is this: shaming women who choose to wear anything else, like the “skintight, saran-wrap-thin yoga pants” the author references. Continue reading

10 Non-Romantic Things to Do on Valentine’s Day

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By Catherine Miele

My husband and I have been married for almost ten years. That’s difficult for me to fathom, at times, considering I was a shy, anxious teenager who accumulated very little dating experience before meeting my future spouse senior year of college.

Despite being married for as long as we have, my husband and I are not overly zealous about Valentine’s Day.

Perhaps my apathy for Cupid and price-gouged roses is due to my lack of serious relationships over the years, or maybe I just don’t think we need a heavily commercialized holiday in order express our love to one another. Continue reading

Good Enough Really Is Good Enough

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By Kate Kole

I love Melissa McCarthy and I really love Ellen DeGeneres, so I was a little bummed when I forgot to record their interview a few days ago. I asked my parents if they’d seen it and immediately knew they hadn’t when my dad responded something along the lines of, “Oh yeah. It was so funny.”

“Okay, so you didn’t see it either.” I said.

“Why do you say that?” He asked.

“Because, you’d say it was just okay,” my mom and I replied in unison. Continue reading

6 Pregnancy Fears I’ve Had, And Why I’m Choosing Faith Over Them

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By Becky Houdesheldt

Our first baby was born in March of last year and we are currently 2 months pregnant with baby number two. We are overjoyed to be adding another member to our family and we are excited to be walking this journey again. I was happy when I saw that second line on the test and it has been fun to dream about how the kids will play together. But I’m going to be honest, it is scary. I’m in a lot of fear, more than I thought I would be my second time around. Although, I’m not really afraid of pains and tugs, what labor will feel like, and if I’ll be able to handle newborn poop and running on basically no sleep. My fears are now manifesting in different ways. Continue reading

It Might Be Time To Take A Break In Your Relationship With Social Media

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By Isabel F. William

We all know how useful social media can be when it comes to chatting with our friends, sharing photos,  and making plans. But, not many of us are aware of all the negative and even dangerous side effects of spending too much time on it. Everything that we see on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can affect our real life. Here are some ways in which social media can impact you and your relationships. Continue reading

6 Sanity and Time-Saving Tips For Moms on the Go

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By Brigitte Evans

Moms are professional jugglers, but every now and then, it’s okay to admit that you’re worn out, stressed out and too tired to achieve everything you need to do. You know the situation is bad when you’re sleep deprived, your schedule is hectic, and your mind is chaotic. In that case, you’ll want to manage your time the best you can and learn to cope with stress, so that you can fit in your well-earned rest. These six tips will help you save your time and sanity, while still being the best mom you can be. Continue reading

My Job Isn’t My Passion, And I’m Okay With That

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By Becky Houdesheldt

If someone had asked me 15 years ago where I thought my professional life would be at 32, I would not have said: 10 years into a company that my dad worked for my whole life. Yet, here I am. Well, I’ll have 10 years in April, as long as I remain employed.

I work in a field that touches on merchant processing. Yawn, right? Except if you think about it, every day millions of people interact with some of the products and applications we host, own or use. I had no concept of what merchant processing was, or just how big the company was that I was getting into, when I took this job at 22. I can type quite fast, which was really the key selling point to the guy who hired me. I have held four positions at this company and each one has been a slight variation of the last. My current job has a lot of depth to it that I have not had to acquire in my previous jobs, which allows for a more focused goal path. Continue reading