To celebrate the publication of our first-ever book, The Frisky 30-Day Breakup Guide, we’re re-running the original series that inspired it, and having writer Maude Standish bravely road test the book’s expanded tasks and tips. So follow along, chart your own progress, and find out everything else you need to know to forget he-who-shall-not-be-named!
Talk to A Little Girl
If you babysit, or have a niece or a friend who has a daughter — or you have a daughter yourself — this will be easy. Chat with the little lady over the phone or in person. Ask her what she did today or what she learned in school. If you don’t know any rugrats, try waving or saying hi to a little girl on the bus. That will be enough.
Now remember how it felt to be that free? Men weren’t part of the equation then. You ruled at math, practiced your cursive writing, and jumped rope 10 times in a row. You might have thought you could be a race car driver or an Olympic swimmer or a nurse. There were no real life rules — you just had to be in bed by 9 p.m. every night. Now don’t let your inner little girl down. Even if your workplace makes Dunder Mifflin look sane, go to your job, be productive today, come home proud of yourself, and then go play somewhere other than your living room before dusk. Get your coffee-and-magazine fix at Borders, go jogging, or check out that pizza place you’ve walked by a billion times. The best part: no boys allowed.