Tag: personal development

Being Blonde: How My Hair Color Has Impacted My Life

How Being a Blonde Affects My Life: Right away, as a kid, I saw the correspondence between my hair color and sex. It was the nineties; women were confidently sporting long and fluffy locks (think Julia Roberts' big hair), and this hair was an essential element of fashion and sex appeal. I remember always trying to fluff up my flat hair with hairspray that would inevitably weigh it down and flatten it further. I knew that with my hair color, came a role I had to play, not unlike an actress.

Right away, as a kid, I saw the correspondence between my hair color and sex. It was the nineties; women were confidently sporting long and fluffy locks (think Julia Roberts’ big hair), and this hair was an essential element of fashion and sex appeal. I remember always trying to fluff up my flat hair with …

Do You Self-Censor as Much as I Do?

I suspect it's a habit that extends beyond the world of writing. How many times have you answered a question with "fine," regardless of the true answer which was probably something more like "exhausted," "thrilled!" or "frightened?" Before we even speak the truth, we lay out our stock answers. Answers we assume beforehand are going to be accepted. However, it seems the more distance we create from individualized answers, thoughts, curiosities or opinions we perpetuate a culture of mundane unacceptability or rather predictable judgments.

My best writing comes from inside of me. It seems the more honest and transparent I am on paper (or on screen), the more I connect with my readers. I always say that a writer who reveals personal and individualized work is actually the most universal; this is because a reader relates the most to …

Celebrities: Why Do We Love Them As Much As We Hate Them?

We watched Britney Spears fight through her coming of age identity crisis. We are watching Miley Cyrus' and Justin Bieber's right now. I think Gwen Stephanie is hustling a little harder for money since her divorce. And Spears lost a lot too after hers. Sure, I guess celebs do have their struggles and do things like eat food. But, they get to do it with lots of money in their hands.

I have no idea how celebrities really live, but this is how I see it. I picture a Kim Kardashian with big sunglasses on, coming out of a diamond car… I’ve never seen her in jeans, only in hugging outfits with fancy petite heels. There’s probably personal trainers hovering around her like bees, giving her …

16 Days Until My Wedding

My wedding is 16 days away, and I can't even clearly express what's on my mind.

After these 16 days end, I’ll be a married woman (wtf?!). Describing myself as not only “married” but also as a “woman” feels surreal. Throughout the whirlwind of making plans, meeting vendors, and paying giant bills, I sometimes lose touch with the essence of the whole thing. Sitting back in my office chair, I find a …

8 Free Ways to Expand Your Mind Legally

Try these 8 creative habits to become more open-minded, more knowledgeable and more global without breaking your brain or the bank.

Try these 8 creative habits to become more open-minded, more knowledgeable and more global without breaking your brain or the bank. [listly id=”sXv” layout=”slideshow” per_page=”1″]

Closing the Curtains: How I Cope With Bouts of Depression

Whether or not you're diagnosed with a mood disorder, whether or not you have ever defined yourself openly as feeling depressed, most likely you've encountered the circumstance at some point for whatever length of time. I'm an artist, so "luckily" my moods and sensitive understandings are not that surprising to others. People sort of expect artists and writers to think on a different beat. Regardless of anyone's beats, a bout of depression can creep into one's day without consent.

“She was a girl who knew how to be happy, even when she was sad. And that’s important.”  ~Marilyn Monroe Depression is like a bad word with bad connotations. People overuse it inappropriately the same way they might throw a cuss word or two to the breeze, neglecting the true meaning of the word itself. You might hear, …

6 Things You Don’t Know About Me (and why you should make an Infographic of yourself)

And why you should make a sweet little Infographic about yourself too!

I teach my students to use ethos, pathos and logos in their writing. Ethos–author’s credibility. Pathos–emotional affect on the reader. Logos–logic and reason. With all three, a writer has a much better chance of not only gaining the reader’s attention, but also his/her respect. With those thoughts lingering around in my head from all the …

Why You Need To Have a Bachelorette Party Vacation

Before my own (just this past weekend) Bachelorette party, I didn't fully comprehend the importance of the tradition. Like probably most people, I pictured a lot of drinks, hot pinks and partying. It turns out I was right but only by around 40%.

Before my own (just this past weekend) Bachelorette party, I didn’t fully comprehend the importance of the tradition. Like probably most people, I pictured a lot of drinks, hot pinks and partying. It turns out I was right but only by around 40%. To be fair, my Bachelorette party was pretty long, three nights and …

8 Actions that Show You Care

It's so easy to say "I care," sometimes we forget to show it. Here's 9 tips to get you started!

Of course we always say, “I care,” but saying it means nothing without showing it. Whether its an eager attempt at displaying gratitude to a relative we’ve taken for granted, or an aim to reassure our other half that we do, in fact, care, or a small reminder of your loyalty to a friend, showing that you …

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