10 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Pregnant Self After My First 10 Weeks of Motherhood

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By Jillian Stacia

It feels like just yesterday that I was pregnant. If I close my eyes, I can almost convince myself that the past 10 weeks have been a dream, and when I wake up, I’ll be curled around my humongous body pillow, still nine months pregnant.

But that’s not the case. I gave birth to a healthy little boy. I fell madly in love. I brought him home. And my world has never, ever been the same.

I realize that ten weeks is a little early to start dispensing parenthood advice. I’m the last person to call myself an expert. But I’m doing this, I’m living this, I’m breathing this new motherhood thing every single day, and I am startled by everything I’ve learned so far. I want to take the time to document what I’ve discovered right here in the thick of it, before the haze of new motherhood wears off and I forget what it was really and truly like. 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

10 Things I Learned From Not Drinking For A Year

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By Jillian Stacia

When I decided to quit drinking, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to make it for very long. A life without margaritas or beer? It seemed impossible. But like most challenges, the anticipation of the thing was worse than the thing itself. It’s been hard at times (thanks FOMO), but it has been worth it in almost every aspect. Here are some of the top things I learned since quitting drinking one year ago: Continue reading

10 Things I’ve Learned Since I Started Writing About My Feelings On The Internet

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By Jillian Stacia

Exactly one year ago, I started writing about my feelings on the internet. And it’s been one of the best, hardest, weirdest, most rewarding things I’ve ever done. Pursuing your passion is always an intense process. But to do so on the internet, in front of- quite literally- millions of people, has been one of the bravest things I’ve ever done.

And I’ve learned a lot along the way. I’ve learned so much about myself, about writing, and about what it takes to go after your dreams. To help me reflect on my journey, here are some of the top lessons I’ve learned since hitting “send” on that very first submission: Continue reading

4 Valuable Things I Discovered While Creating A Vision Board

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By Kate Kole

While cleaning out my closet over the weekend, I stumbled upon a box of empty picture frames. If I’m being completely honest, it was actually a box of frames and about 30 other random items, but for the sake of this article, we’ll focus on the frames. Most were still in good condition, so I knew I’d want to put them to use. That being said, we already have a couple full picture walls in our home, and rather than add to them, I was hoping to use the frames more “creatively” (I place creatively in quotes because I’m pretty sure I never received a grade above a B- in my art classes, so you can imagine how far my crafty skills extend).

I’m not sure whether it was the start of the new year or watching the episode of Fuller House featuring DJ’s ‘Things to Do Before Turning Forty’ board that first sparked inspiration within me, but whichever it was – I quickly decided how the frame that matched my office décor would be used. And with that, I set out to create my own vision board – less focused on ‘things to do’ and more as a means of highlighting my priorities for 2017. I rounded up some old magazines, cleared space on the kitchen table, and got to work drawing out my dreams. Here’s what I discovered in the process: Continue reading

Five Lessons I Learned From Participating In NaNoWriMo

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By Jillian Stacia

Last year, I participated in National November Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Despite being incredibly difficult, it was by far one of the highlights of my year. I learned a lot about myself, about writing, and about what it takes to be a successful author.

And even though I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo again this year, I’d highly recommend the experience to someone else, because it taught me so many invaluable lessons that I still use today. Continue reading