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

8 Simple Ways To Unwind This Winter

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By Joanna Grey Talbot

Tired of trudging to work in the cold? Already stressed out about the new semester? Still recovering from the holidays? Life can be frustrating and our dreams take a lot of work but it is healthy for us to take some time, every once in a while, to unwind and refocus. Not sure where to start? Then here are a few suggestions!

Get moving

Go for a walk in your neighborhood or on a nature trail at the park. Find a yoga video on YouTube and try some new moves. Walk a mile on the treadmill at the gym while listening to a podcast or book. Turn on your favorite tunes and have a dance party for one. Whatever your preference – just get moving! Continue reading

What I’m Just Now Learning About Self-Love

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By Kate Kole

I grew up in the era of Freddie Prinze Jr. movies and Nicholas Sparks novels, and you’d better believe that my view towards romantic relationships was skewed accordingly. You know, towards that soul awakening, against all odds, white hot and passionate kind of experience. Which it seems, exists in some form and duration, but isn’t exactly the foundation of every lasting love story.

My journey towards self-love has proved to be equally misguided. It doesn’t look or feel like I thought it would. I firmly believed that once I sorted through my life and perfected myself, then I could accept and celebrate who I’d become. Self-love was a finish line to cross with a million road blocks to overcome and mile markers to get through first. Continue reading

New Year, Happiest and Healthiest You

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By Brigitte Evans

The holidays are a time of joy and coming together. But they can also be quite tough, especially for people who struggle with self-image and self-love. In the middle of New Year’s resolutions, fitness promo packages and gym memberships, it’s not easy to focus on what really matters: yourself. What we think of ourselves and how we take care of ourselves is crucial for a happy life. Here are 5 tips to help live your healthiest life: Continue reading