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The Beautiful Story Of Ryland Whittington: A 7-Minute Guidebook For Parenting A Transgender Child

Ryland Whittington Transgender Story
"This is our amazing son."

“Wow” is all I have to say after watching this beautiful video that tells the story of Ryland Whittington, a bright, fun, loving little boy who happens to be transgender. Ryland’s story is fairly typical of many transgender kids — around age 3, he started rejecting a traditionally feminine presentation and self-identifying as a boy. The confusion soon morphed into feelings of shame and frustration. From there he could have spiraled into self-loathing, depression, and isolation, but what makes Ryland’s story different from so many trans people’s childhood experiences is that he also happened to be born with a truly amazing set of parents. Want to see what acceptance, understanding, and unconditional love look like? Hit play. [YouTube via Hypervocal]

6 Things You Miss When You Move Away From Your Best Friend

Long Distance Friendship
10 ways to keep in touch with your BFF after you move away. Read More »
How To Make Friends...
How to make friends in a new city
When you move to a new city. Read More »
35 Friendship Milestones
35 BFF Milestones
Have you popped each other's zits yet? Read More »
Long Distance Friendship

My best friend Katelyn just came to visit me in Nashville for a long weekend. When we both lived in Portland, we were pretty much inseparable, and ever since I moved away a year ago, it’s been hard. We’ve been doing pretty good at the long distance friendship thing, but man, seeing her in person made me realize just how much I miss her. No matter how many new friends I make or how often we talk on the phone, there’s something so uniquely wonderful and satisfying about in-person friend time. After dropping her off at the airport (so much tears), I couldn’t resist compiling a list of some of the things I miss most about living in the same city as my beloved BFF… Keep reading »

16 Things Your Bartender Really Wants You To Know

Ah, the life of a bartender. It’s a job that requires endless patience, a sharp memory, and a great sense of humor, not to mention serious crowd control skills. Slinging coffee drinks is hard enough; but when alcohol is involved? Every shift is an unpredictable rollercoaster ride. Whenever I’m crammed into a crowded bar like a thirsty sardine, watching people wave dollars in the air, I always wonder what it’s like for the person on the other side of the bar. What can customers do to make their job easier? What drinks do they secretly think are a ripoff? What is the final word on what constitutes a good tip? To quell my curiosity, I rounded up as many bartenders as I could find and asked them one question: what would you really like your customers to know? Here’s what they said, in their own words:

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Senator Elizabeth Warren Has Some Great Advice For Handling Life’s Curveballs

Elizabeth Warren Kicks Ass
elizabeth warren calls out student loan debt
She's trying to save students buried under mounds of debt. Read More »
My Commencement Address
commencement address
What I would say in a graduation speech. Read More »
50 Little Life Truths
Little-Truths-That-Will-Make-Your-Life-Easier
Just accept them, OK? Read More »
Elizabeth Warren Life Advice

“Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to consider the unexpected. Never be so faithful to your plan that you are unwilling to entertain the improbable opportunity that comes looking for you. And never be so faithful to your plan that when you hit a bump in the road — or when the bumps hit you — you don’t have the fortitude, grace and resiliency to rethink and regroup. Plans or no plans, keep a little space in your heart for the improbable. You won’t regret it.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren shared this gem of wisdom when asked what she wishes she could tell her 22-year-old self. So valid and applicable, no matter what your age or career path. Consider this reason #4,598 that Elizabeth is on my short list of Women Who I Regularly Pretend Are My Mom. [Huffington Post]

O-Town Releases New Single, And I’ve Never Missed Ashley Parker Angel More

You guys. It happened. O-Town has released their first single since announcing they were reuniting as a foursome without Ashley Parker Angel. The song, “Skydive,” is a mid-tempo jam off their upcoming album, Lines & Circles, which is set to be released on August 3rd. It doesn’t hold a candle to the Backstreet Boys’ new music (obviously), but it’s a solid boy band song (think One Direction on mild sedatives). The only thing is … after listening to it, I’m really, really feeling the absence of Ashley Parker Angel. Sigh. Turns out even a 70-piece orchestra can’t replace him. Listen below and see if you can wrap your head around O-Town Minus Ashley.

Finally, A Scientific Excuse For Netflix Binges: There Might Be A Couch Potato Gene

Couch Potato Gene
Don't get up! Just push play.

There are some people who seem to be physically incapable of sitting still, whose idea of a great Saturday morning is waking up early, running 10 miles, and pumping some iron. There are other people who seem to be physically incapable of leaving the couch, whose idea of a great Saturday is sleeping in til noon and ordering brunch delivery. It’s always seemed like there was a fundamental difference between these people, hasn’t it? And now science has an intriguing explanation, which comes to life in this charming animated video. Don’t worry, if you’re a member of the latter group, you don’t have to leave the couch to watch it. Just push play. [YouTube via Laughing Squid]

Etsy Spotlight: The Everyday Bag You’ve Been Searching For

On Etsy: Dreamy Wrap Blouse
Etsy Spotlight: Dreamy Handmade Wrap Top
The most flattering blouse ever? We think so. Read More »
On Etsy: Crystal Necklaces
Work that new age magic, girl. Read More »

Any woman will tell you that choosing a purse is a surprisingly personal decision. When you carry the same bag every day, it starts to feel like an extension of yourself. It must protect all your most important belongings, go with all your outfits, and possibly double as a weapon if you find yourself cornered by a skeezy dude at the bar. To say your bag needs to be versatile is an understatement. In my opinion (which is, of course, very personal), this crossbody bag is perfect. Big enough to hold your wallet, cellphone, makeup, keys, and a book; small enough to not weigh you down; in a gorgeous burgundy color that works for all 4 seasons. Plus, this baby is made to last: it’s handmade in Portland, Oregon of military grade fabric that’s stain and water resistant. And if that’s not enough, you can customize the color and hardware to match your exact taste. Love. It. [$150, Two Hold]

Brilliant Video Asks, “What If Gay Guys Said The Shit Straight People Say?”

What If Gay Guys Said The Shit That Straight People Say?
"What does a straight horse eat?"

Straight people: consider this video a public service announcement. Watch it, laugh at how ridiculous it is, and then NEVER SAY ANY OF THESE THINGS AGAIN. Got it? Good. [YouTube]

5 Things That Happen When You Go A Month Without A Full-Length Mirror

Mirror, Mirror: Ugly
What if someone calls you ugly? Read More »
Better Body Affirmations
Body Image Tips For Teen Girls
Makes these your mantra. Read More »
Mirror, Mirror: Pretty Enough
You are pretty enough to find love. Read More »
Bikini Body Truths
Bikini Body
Six "bikini body" truths to remember this summer. Read More »

When you move into a new house and you’re busy and disorganized and don’t live anywhere near a Target, sometimes intriguing social experiments arise out of nowhere. Case in point: I have lived in my new place for a month and still don’t have a full-length mirror. I just haven’t gotten around to buying one, which means that I haven’t had regular access to my full-length reflection for 30 days. There are a couple mirrors in the house that were left by the previous owners, but their placement only lets me see myself from the shoulders up. Everything below that, I’m just catching occasional glimpses in the glare of the our living room window and hoping I look OK. Here are five results of my accidental no-mirror experiment so far… Keep reading »

Finally, A Children’s Book For The Modern World

A Children's Book For The Modern World

Yep, that sounds about right. [Braden Graeber via Lemon Love]

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