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Why Giving Up Something For Lent Is Way Better Than A New Year’s Resolution

Do you even remember your New Year’s resolution? I’ll keep it real: I don’t. I’m sure it was something I genuinely wanted to commit to badly, but between work and, you know, life, it just didn’t happen. That’s why I won’t throw shade at any of you if you happened to similarly fall off. I can’t blame ya’ll. Luckily, there’s a chance for redemption, and that chance arrived this week. Today, March 1, is Ash Wednesday. It marks the start of Lent, the 40-day period between now and Easter weekend. During these…

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4 Reasons Why Being A Teacher Is The Hardest, Most Underrated Job

As a prospective educator completing my final year of teacher’s college, I am overly excited to enter the professional world of teaching and serve as a positive role model for all of my future students. For those of you who have not pursued teaching as a future career or do not have a family member who is a teacher, you may simply think teachers show up to class, use curriculum documents and guidelines to teach and then test. I can honestly say I had this perception of teachers when I…

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Here’s How Your Eye Color Can Reveal Every Aspect Your Personality

The eyes are the windows to the soul, and your soul is the director of your life. At least that’s what some psychic told me once. There is plenty of information out there to clue you in to your personality and characteristics, including your handwriting, your birth order and your zodiac sign. But today, kids, we’re analyzing your eye color. Blue Blue-eyed babies actually have the second most common eye color, but they consider themselves to be mystical unicorn creatures of the human world, like God gave them some special…

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Experiences Only First-Generation Americans Will Understand

Being blessed with parents who were born and raised in a different country is a wonderful experience that allows you to stay cultured from birth. However, your childhood may have still been a bit different from that of your friends. (Of course, you are probably bilingual, which is awesome.) Bonnin Studio But I know from experience that being a first-generation American comes with some specific circumstances… and they happen as a direct result of not having American-born parents: 1. Your name is often pronounced incorrectly. Maybe your parents wanted to preserve…

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What You Need To Know About Colorism, As Told By A Light Skinned Black Woman

Women’s History Month March is officially recognized as Women’s History Month. Through storytelling, personal essays and defining what it means to be a woman in 2017, we aim to shed light on why the political is personal and vice versa. If you have a personal story you’d like to share, email [email protected] “What are you mixed with?” is something I’m asked regularly. It’s the most common question I receive from a stranger, and it still manages to get deep under my skin. I raise my eyebrow and respond with a blunt, “I’m black,” only to…

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Why Alpha Females Are Actually The Most Sensitive People On The Planet

Anytime anyone refers to me as an “alpha female,” I fall ill with an irrepressible bout of imposter syndrome. I’m the type of lady who can’t hold back either, so I’ll usually dramatically scream, “NO. I’m NOT an alpha female!” to any innocent person who has accused me of such. I’ll take a deep breath, gaze into this poor misinformed person’s eyeballs and purr, “I’m too sensitive to be an alpha female, babe. You just think that I’m alpha female because I’m wearing red lipstick, a power lesbian blazer and have…

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5 Signs You’re Actually An Empath, Not Just ‘Overly Emotional’

It’s one thing to be empathetic to someone’s struggle, but it’s quite another to be born an empath. A true empath has a borderline paranormal ability to feel the feelings of others as well as experience their struggles. That all might seem cool, but imagine the amount of emotional energy it would take out of you. I mean, I can barely deal when I get ignored at the post office for too long. How It Feels To Be Both An Introvert And An Extrovert To view this video please enable JavaScript,…

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5 Truths You Need To Accept If You Want To Be Happy In Your 30s

Being happy in your 30s is actually really easy. In fact, it wasn’t until I turned 30 that I knew what being happy even meant. Adulting: 20s vs 30s To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video In my 20s, happiness was an uphill struggle, always an attempt to finally gain some semblance of control over my life. But in my 30s, I’ve realized happiness is the result of accepting some basic, hard-to-swallow truths. Here are five truths you need…

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7 Things I Didn’t Realize Were Sexist In India Until I Came To America

Women’s History Month March is officially recognized as Women’s History Month. Through storytelling, personal essays and defining what it means to be a woman in 2017, we aim to shed light on why the political is personal and vice versa. If you have a personal story you’d like to share, email [email protected] If someone forced you into getting married to someone you’d only met once, you’d probably consider that a form of oppression… right? Well, if you grew up in India like I did, you might think otherwise. As a developing country, India…

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This Is The Best Playlist For Your Stressful Morning Commute

Music is the greatest thing in the world. Why? Because if it weren’t for my morning playlist, I would have pushed hundreds of commuters in front of the M train by now. Music has probably also saved my own life a number of times from those who wanted to do the same thing to me. Our morning commutes can be both mentally and physically stressful, especially if you live in a place like New York City, where the average commute is 6 hours and 18 minutes per week, longer than…

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