Profile: Twenty Something Living

Life Undressed

We are the twenty-somethings. We are the graduates stumbling into the real world and pausing to realize that we don’t exactly have the plan we thought we did. We are the girls watching YouTube tutorials about how to nail that contouring, and how to get our hair to do that thing we saw on that one girl in that one show. We are the girls diving into Tinder, dating, serious dating, and sometimes-even marriage. We are those who wake up with hangovers that are way, way worse than they were in college. We are the girls trying to stick to a fitness routine, while not letting calorie counting go to our heads, or holding ourselves back from enjoying happy hour or a dinner out when our budget can afford it (which is rarely). We are the girls staring into the windows of Barneys, of Neiman Marcus, of Nordstrom while day dreaming about what it would be like to have the budget to go ape shit in those stores. We are the meal planners, the grocery shoppers, the dog walkers, the career women, and the dreamers chasing our stories into the future. We are the twenty-somethings, and so are you.

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The Kiss I Can't Forget/Letters I'll Never Send

You're far from alone if you've ever started a letter you've never sent, or had a kiss you simply can't forget.
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Category: Self Discovery

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The Aftermath Of A Rape

What's it like to rebuild a life after rape....

Category: Self Discovery

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I'm a Hypocrite and It's Time to Come Clean

Maybe you remember my story from way back when. The one where I admitted to having an eating disorder, a disease that caused me to weigh less than 100 pounds, and explained how it consumed my life and tore apart the people I care about most. That was back in February, and since then I have tried to lead a healthy life, and for a short while I was succeeding.

Category: Self Discovery

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8 Things You Do that Damage Your Hair

Read on for eight things you’re doing (maybe right now) that are damaging your hair.

Category: Lifestyle

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Lessons My Students Have Taught Me

As an early-career teacher, I still struggle with balancing the lesson plans, grading, giving feedback to students and…teaching with my life outside of school.

Category: For Teachers

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Why Having A Quarter Life Crisis Is Awesome

I thought it was the end of the world. I didn’t know what I was doing with my life, where I was headed and kept questioning everything about myself. I started second guessing my career path and didn’t know how to make the switch to doing what I absolutely love: writing.
I kept comparing myself to my friends, my husband and other people several years older than me. I felt depressed for still being an intern at 22 years old, which I know now was a ridiculous way to feel.

Category: Self Discovery

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New Towels and Dirty Laundry

It was Saturday—cleaning day—a time I use each week to collect my thoughts via the repetitive motion of putting things in their proper place.
It was time to clean my bathroom.

Category: Self Discovery

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Unexpected Ways to De-stress

Beside meditating, journaling and exercising, what else can we do to help minimize the effect these troubles can cause on our mental state as well as our bodies?

Category: Lifestyle

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Reasons To Embrace Your Inner Crafter

Growing up I was a huge crafter. Needlepoint, paint by numbers, DIY ornaments, you name it I did it. As I’ve grown older, I’ve slowly lost my crafty side. I’m not sure why. Maybe it was because I thought crafting wasn’t cool, so I lost touch with that side of myself. I don’t know. But recently, I’ve started to ease back into to crafts. I’m a full blown ‘Do It Yourselfer.’

Category: Lifestyle

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The Complete Guide To Remedy Insomnia

What’s up all my overly caffeinated night owls! I’ve lived with insomnia since I was four and was professionally treated for it when I was 19. When my insomnia would become even worse than usual, it would tear up my life, grades, friendships, fit body, stable mood patterns – everything. Insomnia blows. I think we deserve the basic bodily right of being able to fall asleep, yet it seems to be more of a superpower these days than something a caveman could do easily enough. Despite chronically being unable to control my insomnia, I was able to work my way out of it with the help of a professional, not medications. So I want to share some really strong do’s and don’ts when battling insomnia.

Category: Lifestyle

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Backpacking Through Vietnam: Part II

Admittedly, I know very little about Vietnamese history, and even less about its modern political and cultural awareness. Having some experience living in a country that’s divided geographically and ideologically (South Korea—where I lived for 15 months) I should have guessed that northern Vietnam would be distinct from the south. But like so many things on the trip so far, assumptions were becoming somewhat of a novelty.
To read Part I of this series, click here.

Category: Travel

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Backpacking Through Vietnam: Part I

My backpack was heavy. An inexperienced backpacker, I could hardly anticipate that a hair straightener would be needless, flip-flops and a sports bra invaluable. The science of packing for a trip to a third world country was less complicated than I thought.

Category: Travel

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The Non-Beer-Drinkers Guide to Beer

I’m going to throw this out there… I’m not a beer drinker. Well, okay I’m not a ‘fancy‘ beer drinker. I prefer Coors Light to an $8 pint of some fancy local IPA any day. College consisted of Keystone, Coors, and the like. If I’m at a party and someone hands me a beer, I’ll try it out. But my general rule is that if I can’t see through the glass, there is no way in hell I am going to enjoy that beer. Hoppy is gross, I don’t want that bitter taste, and why drink beer when I can drink wine instead? These are generally my thoughts while tasting nice beer.

Category: Craft Beer

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Places to Visit: Glacier National Park

If you’re someone who enjoys exploring our national parks, adventuring on long hikes, and appreciating nature through a new lens, Glacier National Park in Montana should be at the top of your Must-See travel list. Although Glacier and Yellowstone are widely known, I still did not know what to expect to see and experience while there, and the countless Google searches I did were not nearly as beautiful as the actual park itself. In case any readers are looking to venture out to Glacier sometime soon, here are a few of my recommendations and pieces of advice

Category: Travel

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10 DIY Hacks For The Best Summer

Who doesn’t love Pinterest? You can find just about anything and you can learn how to get insanely creative and crafty! I’m on it whenever I need a new idea for an event or activity and that is where it has led to me to be creative and figure out some different and fun ways of doing things. As for the summertime, it’s the best time for DIY (do it yourself) projects and to let your creativity explore. Come into the creative world with me and prepare to say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” and “That’s genius!”

Category: Lifestyle

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Eat Your Heart Out: Ann Arbor Michigan

The University Michigan campus employs nearly 60,000 people and educates (presumably) approximately 40,000 students. Campus sits in the middle of everything and includes dozens of satellite locations miles a part from each other in a spooky, academic-omnipresent kind of way. And betwixt all the busy intersections of academia, world-class museums and North Shore apparel shops, there is an unbelievable thing happening—some of the most educated and community-minded people I have ever met are getting tipsy and eating some incredible food.

Category: Lifestyle

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Why I Want to Have a Career in Public Service

To me, a career in public service is more than lending a hand. It’s more than volunteering once or twice at a local food pantry or homeless shelter. Obviously, those are important things and help our communities in many ways. But a career in public service to me is about committing yourself, your values, and your efforts to bettering the world around you. A career dedicated to public service is about enhancing the assets and talents of communities and its members to alleviate societal problems and harms. Public service isn’t just done by one person, it takes a village. I want to be in a career where I work with people for people and for healthier, safer, more empowered communities.

Category: Business

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Online Trolling and Its Impact on Women

For those of you who blog or follow online contributions within the feminist and social justice community, online trolling is not a new concept or an anomaly. Recently, there has been much discussion surrounding the impact of online trolling in the feminist and activist community and how to best respond. There has also been much debate about whether or not to even respond at all considering most of the time trolls egregiously comment on bloggers’ posts in hopes of getting an amplified and angered response from those they target.

Category: Social Awareness

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Bonnie Bakhtiari: B Is For Bonnie Design

As every twenty-something knows sometimes the world seems full of more questions than answers, and we struggle with how to go about finding our way. With that in mind welcome to our profile series featuring twenty-something women who are out there kicking ass, taking names, and creating their own world. These successful ladies are sharing their insights, tips, and tricks for success, listen up!

Category: Business

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Katherine Mason: Wilhelmina Models NYC

As every twenty-something knows, sometimes the world seems full of more questions than answers, and we struggle with how to go about finding our way. With that in mind, welcome to our profile series featuring twenty-something women who are out there kicking ass, taking names, and creating their own world. These successful ladies are sharing their insights, tips, and tricks for success, so listen up!

Category: Business

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Lessons On Friendship By A Twenty-something

Our twentysomething years will undoubtedly be some of the most exciting and vulnerable years of our lives. Luckily, one of the things that helps us move forward and maintain some shreds of sanity are our friends. The friendships that survive our twentysomething years will most likely be the ones that sustain us for many years to come. Here are a few lessons that I’ve learned about friendship that have really come in handy:

Category: Self Discovery

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The Love You Deserve

There are two kinds of women in the world: those who seek out, find, and accept good love, and those who don’t. For 23 years, I was the latter.

Category: Self Discovery

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In Defense of the Listicle

I have a severe and intense problem with listicles. As a former English major, and a reader of books that could be substituted for a yoga block, that particular format of so-called writing drives me up the nearest perpendicular surface, be it wall, fence, or side of a high-rise office building. They’re riddled with GIFs (more often than not the same set of GIFs), and the content in between a Real Housewife waggling her finger and a girl from The Hills sighing about some first-world-problem has been distilled down to nothing more than a sound bite. Listicles are quickly prepared, easy to digest facsimiles of insight or information, and I absolutely lament their overwhelming popularity.

Category: Lifestyle

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