Posts tagged "advice"

4 Life Lessons I Learned While Burning The Candle At Both Ends

For three years, I woke up at 4 a.m. every day. I spent two days a week as a full-time student; one of those, I was at school from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the other I split with one of my five weekly eight-hour work shifts. I did all of the driving i…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / June 23, 2014

The Pros & Cons Of Different Travel Partners

I believe that traveling is always a good experience (even a terrible vacation will give you stories to tell for years to come), but who you choose to travel with will make a big difference in what kind of experience you have. A cross-country road trip with your three best friends will be very different…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 21, 2014

16 Tiny Changes That Make Life Easier

Sometimes I feel totally overwhelmed at the thought of how much I want to accomplish in a given day or week, or how much growing stands between me and whatever distant, self-actualized ideal I hope to someday be. On days when I wake up cranky, thinking about stuff like this creates a snowball effect and…

Claire Hannum / June 15, 2014

What Would You Tell Your 22-Year-Old Self About Life?

This month, LinkedIn rounded up over 80 influential business leaders and asked them what they would say to their 22-year-old selves about their working lives. The participants were asked what traits they found to be most important for 22-year-olds, and adaptability and resilience came out on top. What I find kind of sad and weird…

Claire Hannum / June 6, 2014

Dear Prudence Counsels Mom Who Found Her Daughter Masturbating With A Hand Mixer

I’m a regular reader of Slate’s advice column, “Dear Prudence,” which counsels letter writers on problems great and small. While the questions fairly often have to do with matters pertaining to sex, this is the first time I’ve seen Prudie advise a letter writer who caught a tween masturbating with a kitchen utensil. Which may…

Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2014

8 Ways To Combat Your Inner Critic

Whether we notice it or not, we all face the occasional visit of a nagging voice inside our heads that questions whether we’re good enough. You know the one — it turns up when you’re face to face with your ex, putting yourself out there creatively or just looking at yourself in the mirror. That…

Claire Hannum / May 16, 2014

27 Things I’m Glad My Mom Taught Me

For better or for worse, our first impressions of the world usually come through the people who raise us. Luckily for me, the women in my family were able to gently guide me through any situation, offering their priceless opinions and advice along the way. They conveyed much of their wisdom through words, but I…

Claire Hannum / May 9, 2014

It’s Time To Cry: Things Moms Want Their Daughters To Know

Mother’s Day is still three weeks away, but the Internet is already getting started with weepy videos about our moms. And Buzzfeed’s video, “Things Moms Want Their Daughters To Know,” is up there on the weep-ster scale. From body confidence, fear of failure, and filling your life with love, the tips these mothers and soon-to-be-mother…

Jessica Wakeman / April 21, 2014

Two Right Answers: “It Bothers Me That My Boyfriend Is Into The Sex On ‘Game Of Thrones'”

If there are a million ways to do something wrong, there should be at least a few ways to do a thing right. In this series, Janet and Emily tackle your questions from two different perspectives. The result, we hope, is two right answers.

Janet is a stone-cold rationalist, baker, and monotreme from

2 Right Answers: “Help! My Boyfriend Needs To Be More Discreet!”

If there are a million ways to do something wrong, there should be at least a few ways to do a thing right. In this series, Janet and Emily tackle your questions from two different perspectives. The result, we hope, is two right answers.

Janet is a stone-cold rationalist, baker, and monotreme from Australia.

Life After Dating: 10 “Dumb” Fights (And What They’re Really About)

So you’ve finally found The One (or at least The One For The Foreseeable Future) and you’ve committed to a serious relationship. Now what? In our weekly column, Life After Dating, women discuss the unique joys and challenges of coupledom.

One of the sad, strange realities about being a couple is that no matter…

10 Things Your Autistic Friend Wants You To Know

Hello, I’m Gwen Kansen and I have Asperger’s Syndrome.

I repeat myself a lot. If a room is crowded I try to get out immediately. It takes me longer than most people to do pretty much everything because I make slow transitions. But I’m fun at dive bars. I used to manage a…

Gwendolyn Kansen / March 20, 2014

11 Cliches About Life That Are Actually True — In GIFs!

Cliches. They drove your 10th English teacher crazy. But I would say they have lasted as long as they have for a reason— lots of them are true! Wisdom can actually be very simple. Below are some cliches that have stood the test of time and are actually great life advice in disguise. I feel…

Claire Hannum / February 28, 2014

“Dear Abby” Straightens Out Florida Bigots Whining Over Social Exclusion

Is there anything funnier (sad-funny, I mean) than bigots who are completely incredulous about the fact that they are bigots? They are so unwilling to admit it. They usually have some other excuse — which only makes sense to them —  about “disagreeing with lifestyle choices,” “some of my best friends are ___,” “sexism/racism/homophobia doesn’t…

Jessica Wakeman / February 20, 2014

8 Life Lessons I Learned From Skiing For The First Time In A Decade

Last weekend, I went skiing for the first time in over 10 years. To say I was nervous and excited would be an understatement; in the days leading up to my trip, I couldn’t help but worry about breaking a limb or, I don’t know, being crushed by an avalanche.

Thankfully, the friend…

Claire Hannum / February 15, 2014

5 Things That Have To Happen Before You Fix Your Crappy Life

January seems to be the worst time of year for realizing how screwed up your life is. Everyone is talking about resolutions. You’re recovering from all the money you spent on the holidays. Taxes are coming up. It’s the month your parole gets repeatedly denied. It’s the month that says, “Here’s a shitload of enormou…

Cracked / January 19, 2014

5 Simple Tricks To Decrease Stress

Have you been on the magic carpet ride this month? All the hectic Christmas and Hanukah rituals are over for this year, and in the wake of all the festivities I am reminded of what’s really important in my life—my cherished relationships. Sometimes as I race from one activity to the next, I can forget… / December 31, 2013

12 Cheesy Inspirational Quotes I Pinned On Pinterest This Year (That Were Actually Good)

2013 was a year of enormous personal upheaval for me. I met my life partner and married him just five months later at City Hall. I lost a friend to suicide. I distanced myself from people who weren’t proving themselves to be interested in the caliber of friendship that I want to invest in. I made…

Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2013

How To Handle That Moment When You Forget To Get Someone A Present

How’s this for a nightmare scenario: a friend is over and suddenly thrusts a beautifully-wrapped gift in your face and you had no idea she was expecting to exchange presents. Or your family agreed to just give presents to the children this year, but your showoff-y sister just arrived with handmade DIY presents for everybody.

Claire Hannum / December 21, 2013

How To Avoid Becoming A Grinch This Holiday Season

loooove the holidays. But that doesn’t make the lead-up any less of a bitch. The older I get, the more I find how unforgiving this season can be. When I was a little girl, I never understood why some of the grown-ups in my life seemed to dread it so much.

An English…

Claire Hannum / December 20, 2013
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