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Ratty Sweatshirts

March 8, 2011

Even as a self-proclaimed beauty/fashion junkie (in addition to this blog, I’m also the Beauty & Style editor for the lifestyle site tkTwinCities), there are few items of clothing I like more than my ratty old dance team sweatshirt. One of the only remnants of my high school career that isn’t boxed up in storage, this sweatshirt is the most comfortable thing I own. It’s definitely not the prettiest thing I could put on and it rarely sees the outside of my house, but it’s perfect for lounging on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and a movie. Read more…

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The Secret to Your Soulmate

March 1, 2011

If you know me, you know that I’m a big fan of Rob Bell. If you know Twitter, you know that Rob Bell was a trending topic this weekend (which is a big deal and usually reserved for the likes of Justin Bieber) after the publisher’s summary of his new book, “Love Wins” came out.

People freaked out because the new book sounds a little controversial. (If you haven’t heard about any of this, you should read this before you continue.) Read more…

The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance

February 22, 2011

Imagine a 35-year-old man wearing a duck costume, doing the Electric Slide. Now imagine that he’s a virgin and a Mormon – and the purpose of him doing the Electric Slide is to attract a Mormon wife. You’ve just entered “The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance.” Read more…

Maximize Me

February 15, 2011

I’m what you’d call a “maximizer.” When I need a new black sweater, I’ll go to upwards of 10 stores to find THE PERFECT black sweater – even if I love the one I find at store number one. I want to methodically examine all my options so I can make a fully informed decision and pick the best out of all the choices. Read more…

Non-traditional Valentines

February 8, 2011

To be a good little relationship blogger, I should be writing a rant (or an advertisement) about Valentine’s Day, seeing as it is fast approaching. Partly because I enjoy being unorthodox when it comes to relationship-related material and partly because I think it’ll be more helpful than yet another “Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas,” I’ve compiled a few resources that will have longer-lasting impacts (if you take them seriously) than that heart-shaped box ‘o chocolates. Read more…

The Power of Vulnerability

February 1, 2011

I’ve recently self-diagnosed myself as having a highly sensitive personality (which is a real diagnosis, not something I made up to explain my occasionally neurotic thoughts and feelings). What that basically means is that I feel and experience things more intensely than others. In practicality, it means many different things, including that any sort of light or noise keeps me up at night. On a more serious level, it means a flippant side comment from a friend might send me into a day-long reflective tailspin.

(While you might be inclined to write my highly sensitive nature off as a fabricated diagnosis intended to make girls feel better about themselves or for people who were coddled as children, let me assure you that you’re wrong.)

Because of my highly sensitive nature, when I internalize side comments, sarcastic remarks and criticism, sometimes I begin to believe that those comments define who I am. In an effort to quell some of that discomfort and to feel less vulnerable, I try to numb those feelings. I deny that I’m experiencing vulnerability, fear and pain. Read more…

The Relationship Network

January 25, 2011

A high school friend of mine began dating a guy about two months ago. After a month and a half of dates, hanging out with friends and good discussions, they decided to take the next step: They put their relationship on Facebook.

At first, everything was great – people congratulated them on their walls, in person and in status updates. They were content with their decision and glad that the word had spread past their immediate friends.

Then, two weeks later, my friend’s “official” relationship fell apart. He suddenly broke up with her, with little explanation.

Did putting their relationship up on Facebook ultimately break them up? Read more…

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