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I’ll Never Be The “Beautiful Girl,” But I Can Still Be Me

“She’s a beautiful girl. I get it.”<p>He’s talking about a mutual friend of ours who’s recently reconnected with an old flame.<p>Oh, I get it. I mean, I …

Travel Cheaper, Faster, Easier

Planning any vacay can be overwhelming, but especially so when you’re trying to do more than chill poolside for a week. Use these insider tips from Julia Dimon, an Eddie Bauer Adventure Travel guide

No One Wants To Date A Catholic

One of the arguments my ex had before she was “ex” was about abortion. While we walked a neighbor’s dog, she asked if we knew she was carrying a baby …

My Love Is A Well-Kept Secret

In bitterness I decide that only the beginnings of things can be enjoyed. At the time we see it as just getting started, ramping up to some …

21 Things That Everyone Deserves To Experience

1. Having a friend who does not judge you or look down on you, no matter what, and who really listens when you tell them something important or …

The Time You Were By My Side (Even Though I Never Asked You To Be)

It was a hard time (not that I’m trying to say this somehow makes the time or even my experience unique). I felt displaced, lost and defeated. Hell, …

14 Ways You Know It’s Love — Real Love

1. You feel compelled to be loyal.<p>2. You think of ways you will love them more than you think of the ways you hope they will love you.<p>3. You start …

10 Red Flags In Dating! (And Yes, I Probably Display 1,010 Of My Own)

A couple weeks ago, xoJane had a terrific Google Hangout where we talked about red flags in dating. Why? Because I might as well rename my dating …

If I Could Tell You How I Really Feel

Would it be better, if I could tell you how I really feel? If the next time your eyes met mine in the half darkness of a moodily lit bar, their …

It’s Ten Times Harder To Come Back

One day I was so scared, I couldn’t get out of bed. I felt empty because everything I had ever worked for and ever wished for had gotten me to this …

35 Quotes For Introverts

“…I also believe that introversion is my greatest strength. I have such a strong inner life that I’m never bored and only occasionally lonely. No …

21 Dating Truths We Need To Realize

1. 95% of the time, they didn’t lose their phone. They didn’t drop in the toilet or the bathtub. It wasn’t shut off. They just didn’t want to text …

The Best Parts About Being In A Relationship

When you’re in a relationship with someone (and not living together), you get to wake up every day to new text messages. They’re like little presents …

Stop Asking Me Why I’m Still Single

Dear Mom, friend who recently got engaged, cat calling guy standing behind me at Chase bank, Rabbi who I recently saw at Yom Kippur services, among …

What Most Boys Want In A Girlfriend

The world seems to think men are supposed to be assertive yet deferential, aloof yet emotionally supportive, a conversationalist but also a beast in …

19 Reasons Dogs Are Better Than Humans

Dogs rule, humans drool.<p>1. They are happier<p>You could work your entire life to be happy and you will still never attain the level of unadulterated …

How We Let People Go

There is a specific feeling which exists only when you run into someone you had long forgotten about. It’s probably most palpable when it’s an ex, …

11 Signs You Really Love Them

1. No matter how much time passes between the last time you saw them and the next time you will see them, either way you can’t wait to see them …

How To Be Emotionally Stable Without Getting Bored

NASA, ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team<p>Start as someone who loves …

Being A Hot Mess In Your Twenties Isn’t Worth It

This is embarrassing for me to admit (even though it should come as a surprise to no one) but I’ve had a hard time accepting that I’m growing up and …

Why It’s So Hard: The Guide To Modern Dating

When you think about it, despite feeling difficult, the problems men struggle with in dating sound pretty trivial.<p>For instance, men have been walking …

You Promised

You realize this is the beginning of the colorless life. Wish there were still time to learn, taste, travel and live, love the world more and in so …

8 Unfortunate Signs You’re Unappreciated And Deserving Of Better

<b>1. If you don’t point out your redeeming qualities, you feel they’ll go unnoticed.</b> You are a person, not a product – if it feels like you’re …

22 Quotes To Restore Your Hope

“Savor life: don’t just breathe it in; exhale the moment to intake the next.” -KC Rhoads<p>Hope never abandons you, you abandon it.” -George …

The One Who Wants To Be With You

The one who wants to be with you accepts you for you: your mind, your heart and the parts of your body you may feel are imperfections, the ones you …

Why Things Are Never Good Enough for You

A few weeks ago I Ianded in Spain. I was ecstatic, all ready for a blissful vacation.<p>Turns out, it wasn't always so blissful. Moments of relaxation and joy were infused with other moments... of irritated glances and heavy sighs.<p>It happened because I had to do a lot of waiting... in line at the …