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Girl Talk: My Husband’s Imaginary Wife

On The Word "Wife"
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It's okay, the word "wife" isn't going to bite. Read More »
Flirting And Marriage
One woman's husband cockblocks her her flirting attempts. Read More »
My Husband Partied
While I was pregnant, and it caused tension. Read More »
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“You would be in better shape if you had a German wife,” I tell my husband.

I’m sure this is true. Not only do the Germans have a fondness for fitness, but they generally don’t take a lot of shit. As an American, I am more susceptible to his feeble pleas that pizza has been classified as a vegetable, and both our waistlines suffer for it.

“You would be the funniest person in the relationship if you had a German wife,” I tease him. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Adventures In Intuitive Eating

Better Body Affirmations
Body Image Tips For Teen Girls
Makes these your mantra. Read More »
Open Letter: Fat Girl
Winona pens an open letter to the fat girl. Read More »
Stop "Fat Talk"
Seven ways to stop yourself from engaging in "fat talk." Read More »
Girl Talk: Adventures In Intuitive Eating

We’re all born with the ability to eat intuitively, to listen to our body’s needs, to eat nourishing foods when we’re hungry, to stop when we’re full. It’s our default setting; our natural state. Even just writing that out right now, it’s such a “duh” that I can’t believe how easy and common it is for people to lose this ability, but it is. I stopped eating intuitively when I was a kid. I can’t pinpoint one exact moment that my sense of hunger became more emotional than physical, but I remember lots of little moments that helped redefine my relationship with food:

  • When I realized that eating half a box of Cheez-Its after school made me feel numb to the mean things my classmates had said to me that day.
  • When my grandma literally stuffed cookies into my mouth while saying, “Don’t get fat.”
  • When I started eating tons of refined carbs to self-medicate my ADD.
  • When I learned to lean on food for emotional support.

And even beyond all that, I just genuinely love food. Always have. I view it as one of life’s great pleasures, but like any pleasure, overdoing it is a surefire way to take all the pleasure out of it. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: What Taking Good Care Of Yourself Really Means

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Girl Talk: Being Content Is So Much Harder Than It Sounds
Is so much harder than it sounds. Read More »
Girl Talk: Alone
Why alone time is so important. Read More »
On Saying "No"
Ami talks about how she needs to learn how to say, "No." Read More »
Girl Talk: What Taking Good Care Of Yourself Really Means

“What time do you go to bed?” the acupuncturist asked while monitoring my pulse.

“Like, midnight?” I said.

“And what time do you wake up?” she asked, examining my tongue.

“Um, 6:30,” I said, proudly.

I’ve always thought of excessive sleeping as a sign of weakness. Just for myself, not for others. It’s too closely related to depression, so I try not to do too much of it. I didn’t say this out loud, of course.

We sat there, staring at each other for a silent moment.

“You need to sleep more,” she told me. “You don’t take good care of yourself.”

That’s when I started to cry.

“Let her out,” she said. “Let the real you out.” Keep reading »

Girl Talk: An Engagement Ring? No, Thanks!

Girl Talk: An Engagement Ring? No, Thanks!

I am a woman who is engaged to be married. But unlike lots of your friends who are busy posting photographs of their diamond engagement rings on Facebook, you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at my left hand.

This is because I told my fiancée many times before we got engaged that I wasn’t interested in getting an engagement ring at all, diamonds or no. There are a lot of reasons I feel this way, including my particular indifference to jewelry. “Honestly, I’d rather have an iPad,” I told him.

Diamond engagement rings are a translation of a much older sexist tradition of putting a down payment on one’s bride. This is, incidentally, still legally the case. In many states a bride-to-be can still sue her fiancée for breach of contract if he breaks off the engagement, as a Georgia woman did last year. After all, it is only women who are marked with an engagement ring as taken, suggesting that the balance of power doesn’t lie with the one who wears it. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: The Things You Realize When You Move To A New City

GT: Moving Out
Girl Talk: I'm Moving Out And Getting A Roommate
She's moving out, but they're not breaking up. Read More »
How To Make Friends...
How to make friends in a new city
When you move to a new city. Read More »
GT: Taking The Leap
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Winona took the leap and moved across the country. Read More »
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I moved to Charlotte a few months ago by way of Syracuse, New York. I left my family, the only place I’d ever lived, and snow in both May and October to check out life down south. Since I was Syracuse born and bred, I didn’t fully realize how monumental moving is until I did it.

When you move, you go into survival mode. It’s time to stop being polite and start getting real, as the kids say. Whereas at home you could get by just binge-watching Netflix and going to the same places with the same people, that’s no longer the case. You have to put yourself out there so you can start to build a life for yourself. Some of the other things I didn’t realize until I moved include… Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Assorted Thoughts After Two Months Of Not Really Drinking

My Drinking Sabbatical
What prompted Amelia to go without booze the first time around. Read More »
Thankful For 12 Steps
Why Amelia is thankful for her weekly 12 step meetings. Read More »
I Quit Drinking
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What happens when our author quit her epic boozing. Read More »
Girl Talk: Assorted Thoughts After Two Months Of Not Really Drinking

Up until two months ago, I was drinking, on average, a bottle of wine a night. I don’t know if that makes me an alcoholic. I wasn’t going out and getting blotto at bars; I was coming home from work, pouring myself glass after glass while I did responsible adults things, like laundry, cooking dinner, watching “Scandal,” scowling at OK Cupid messages, and getting ahead on work tasks. I wasn’t sending inadvisable drunk texts, maybe because I wasn’t even drunk — my tolerance was that high. But I was doing it night after night, all the while thinking, I should probably take it down a notch. Drink less. I’ll start tomorrow. Keep reading »

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