5 Brutal Love Lessons That Break Your Heart (Then Set You Free)

The good news: in the end, they’ll leave your heart full— if a little leaky. Photo by cottonbro from Pexels How many heartbreaks have you had? Wait, back that up. How many ‘big loves’ came before that? If you’re lucky, you’ll have a few Life. Stopping. Loves. in your life —some say three, each for a ‘reason’ — plus some [...]

Working From Home? Do These 5 Things to Stay Productive (and Sane)

Pro tips on tackling remote work from a freelancer who lives the living room office life. Photo by bongkarn thanyakij from Pexels Regardless of the COVID-19 related cause (i.e. closed schools, temporary workplace shutdown), the current reality is many professionals worldwide will be working from their own pads for the next two weeks — at least. If you can work from home, [...]

How to Say No: Start With This.

Saying ‘Yes’ 24/7 leaves you exasperated. Harness this caveat to prevent burnout and actually improve your relationships and career. Photo by Johnson Wang on Unsplash It’s hard to say ‘No.’ The negative response might make you feel like a selfish jerk, a disobliging team member, or worse: a wet blanket. ‘Yes’ is the default for many, for any [...]

Life With An Opiate Addict: Where Insane Meets Mundane

Spend enough time with a full-fledged addict and the chaos becomes banal. Photo by Valeria Ushakova from Pexels What if a loved one, one of your ‘people,’ called you crying because their home was broken into, their locked bedroom door drilled open, and ‘someone’ stole most of the money and valuables inside? Or that their engagement ring was [...]

Workout Tapes for Valentine’s Day and Other ‘ WTF?’ Gifts I’ve Received

Single this Valentine’s Day? At least you won’t get one of these godawful gifts Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash We’ve all received a not-so-great gift. It’s Christmas, and that one weird aunt is super stoked to gift you something she ‘Just knows you’ll love!’ In this case, it’s kinda cute and you love her all the more [...]

How to Avoid Writing: Asinine Things You’ll Do Instead

Featuring: reorganizing the hall closet…yet again. Bonus: some real tools that actually help with writer’s block. I’m a writer — except when, all-of-a-sudden, I’m not. If you’re a writer, I bet you’re ‘not’ sometimes, too. Writer’s block hits and the excuses fall faster than a ton of bricks: you can’t find the right words; you’re [...]

You Need to Stop Reading Your Ex’s Horoscope. Here’s Why.

(Broken down by astrological sign, of course. Yours, not theirs.) Did you read your horoscope today? Whether it’s in a daily free newspaper, a popular astrology website, or an app, checking your horoscope is a ritual bordering on religion for many. Makes sense: in a society where traditional religious belief is declining, it’s a way [...]

7 Too-Real Truths About Dating Guys With Kids

Here's how to date a dude with kids... Dating guys with kids disclaimer: I wrote this a few years back when I was dating, and living with, a guy with a kid. Reading it, it still resonates, but obviously this is just my experience and doesn’t speak for every unique situation out there. I just [...]