The Essay That Got Me Into College

Gods bless essay exams. If not for them, I’m fairly certain I would never have passed a single test. And I certainly wouldn’t have gotten into college, seeing as the following essay was the only reason a guidance counselor decided my otherwise unimpressive application was worth a second glance.  Okay, I don’t actually have a […]

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Defense Against the Dark Hearts

We need a new definition of love. One that is based on mutual respect and healthy boundaries. And we need to stop accepting anything less. To help you recognize and dismantle unhealthy patterns in your own life, here is a list of common manipulation tactics that are all too often accepted as “normal” relationship behaviors

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Miss Impression, People Appeaser

**UPDATE** Read the published version on Positively Positive! I am the worst kind of people-pleaser. I’m a downright people-appeaser. When I was in second grade, for example, I was so terrified of interrupting my teacher during story time that I refused to even ask if I could go to the bathroom, even though I had […]