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Girl Talk: In Favor Of Following Your Heart

Girl Talk: In Favor Of Following Your Heart

My best friend works at a handmade art market in Portland. She meets a lot of interesting people when she’s sitting at her booth selling necklaces — earth mamas who share recipes for homemade toothpaste, wood carvers who claim very matter-of-factly that they were born on a different planet, chakra healers and aura seers and everyone in between. A few weeks ago, she texted me about a young hippie writer who had stopped by the market as part of his nomadic journey across the country and offered to pay for his items with “trippy treats” instead of money (I die for details like this).

“He said something really cool while we were talking,” she wrote in her message. “He said that life is about choosing paths. We all must choose a path at any given time, and there is no right or wrong path, but there is always a path with more heart. When you choose the path with more heart, life becomes easier and happier.”

I stared at her text for a moment, letting the words sink in. I thought about all the paths I’ve taken, the way I’ve drastically altered the course of my life over the past few years, the way I’ve been itching to alter it again, and damn, let me tell you: hippie kid knows what’s up.  Keep reading »

Help Turn One Of Dear Sugar’s Best Advice Columns Into An Animated Short

Tiny Beautiful Things
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Buy this amazing collection of advice columns. Read More »
Cheryl's Thoughts...
She refuses to apologize for being female. Read More »
Cheryl's ModCloth Dress
The online retailer is selling a dress inspired by the writer. Read More »
Help Turn One Of Dear Sugar's Best Advice Columns Into An Animated Short
"The fuck is your life. Answer it."

Hands down, my favorite advice columnist ever is Dear Sugar over at The Rumpus, best known as Wild memoirist Cheryl Strayed. Her collection of advice columns, Tiny Beautiful Things, sits on my nightstand and is a regular resource when I need a little inspiration, motivation or just a reminder that I can find resilience within. That’s why I’m so psyched to see that Strayed, along with producer Lisa Bellomo, animator David Polonsky, and writers Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, have launched a Kickstarter project to turn one of Sugar’s most beloved columns into an animated short. In 2010′s “The Baby Bird,” Sugar was asked by letter-writer “WTF” a simple, but difficult question to answer: “WTF, WTF, WTF? I’m asking this question as it applies to everything every day.” To many, this vague inquiry would have seemed like a throwaway, but Sugar’s advice was anything but. If you haven’t read the column, you must, and then if you’d like to see a “kick-ass manifestation of Sugar’s punk rock spirit” and “authentic, unconventional, raw and heartfelt” advice in the form of animation, donate donate donate! [Kickstarter]

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 »

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]

10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Graduated College

My Commencement Address
commencement address
What I would say in a graduation speech. Read More »
Harsh Reality For A Grad
Shocker: The Job Market Isn't Looking Too Rosy For Graduates
The job market isn't looking too rosy for graduates. Read More »
Wanting It All
Give me the job and the guy when I graduate. Read More »

Now that your undergraduate days are over, it’s time to step out into the big, bad world of adulthood. Jobs! Money! Real Men Who Don’t Smell Like Stale Beer and Frat Houses! But before you slip on your grown up panties and make them dollars, there are some things you should probably know about navigating the rough waters of the real world. After all, every situation is less scary when you’re prepared, so consider these 10 tidbits of wisdom our graduation gift to you (because we can’t afford to get you anything else). Keep reading »

12 Signs You Might Need To Check Your Vibes

Yesterday I was taking an early morning walk around downtown Nashville, as I do most days before work. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, lots of people were out jogging, biking, or taking leisurely strolls. I was greeted with many jovial “morning, ma’am!”s. I might have whistled the tune to “Zip-ah-dee-doo-dah” at one point. It was a perfect morning. And then I turned a corner and came face to face with a guy wearing a giant yellow raincoat, with a battered snow shovel propped up on his shoulder. He shuffled by me, glaring and muttering. The only thing that ran through my head, once I was reasonably sure he wasn’t going to murder me, was, “Buddy, you need to check your vibes.” Just a quick vibe check in the morning before heading out the door — a glance in the mirror, a second thought about accessorizing with a weirdly threatening snow shovel on a sunny day in May — could have vastly improved the situation. But hey, it’s not just this guy; we could all use a vibe check every once in awhile. Here are 12 signs you might need to check yours: Keep reading »

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