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I am a 1990s millennial. Facebook wasn’t invented until I was 13 — Instagram ‘till I was 19. I learned what I was supposed to look like via fashion magazines and what I was supposed to act like via 90’s rom coms. I was never into taking selfies because of my acne, and the only thing I’ve ever posted online is pictures of my food and heavily edited professional photos. I was raised on Seventeen and Cosmo that I only ever purchased in airports; that were only ever filled with “ways to keep him,” and “the biggest back to school…

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And I never could have done it alone.

*Trigger warning for suicidal ideation

November of 2020 was the first time in my life I have ever experienced suicidal thoughts. Not because I wanted to die. Not because I was giving up on living, but because it felt like the only thing I hadn’t tried to escape my PTSD.

Because I have a support system and I chose to lean on it, I am alive today. I called my closest friends and asked them to spend the night with me during a pandemic because I was afraid of what I might do to myself while everyone else was sleeping…

My face: left: March 2019, right: November 2020

I’ve had acne since I hit puberty at around 11 years old. I stole ancient makeup from my mother’s bathroom cabinets and caked it over my blemishes, which only seemed to invite relentless teasing from my middle school classmates. I scrubbed at my face and forewent moisturizer to dry out the excess oil I thought was clogging my pores. My father gave me a Clearasil spot treatment and told me it would clear up in a few years. I wondered: What was I supposed to do until then?

It did not clear up, as fate would have it. It took…

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TW: If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, please call the National Eating Disorder Helpline at (800) 931–2237.

As the New York Times helped me remember last week, “There Is Plenty of Food in the Country.” Experts believe that it is not a quantity problem we’re experiencing currently, but a distribution problem. With a near-total national lockdown and a looming economic recession on the horizon, the impulse to “stock up,” is a strong one. …

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“No, I’m not ready,” I was adamant. It was winter 2018 in Seattle, Washington, and I was in the middle of maintaining a somewhat unrealistic boundary with my mother. I was not ready to meet her new boyfriend, and she couldn’t make me.

I was 25 years old when my dad died; he was 65. He died from complications with early-onset dementia in our home during the Fall of 2016.

On the surface, my mother’s and my experience with losing a loved one were fairly benign. My father had lucid moments up until his last evening. He never forgot who…

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This pandemic is directly affecting our healthcare, economic, and social systems in ways that we could’ve never imagined a year ago. The process of surviving the coronavirus will have lasting effects on how our society functions on every level — from the way we relate to other people and our governing bodies. I understand if your default reaction is fear, isolation, anger, blame, selfishness, or outright panic. …

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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, and the distribution bottleneck we’re witnessing in our food system, I thought it might be helpful to outline some simple recipes to help keep everyone staying home safe, healthy, and satisfied — on a budget.

I’ve designed this to be a comprehensive resource for you in how to survive the current apocalypse without eating the same thing every day. Many of you may not be comfortable with basic cooking techniques, so I’ve done my best to make this as foolproof as I can.

1. Basic Shopping List:

  1. Veggies, fresh or frozen, such as carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bell peppers…

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Why I said no to transactional relationships

Ever since I saw Pretty Woman for the first time, I’ve always been curious about the attractive male benefactor who takes interest in the financially troubled lady. I know I’m not alone in the fantasy of falling madly in love with someone who could take care of all my financial needs for the rest of my God-given days. Does this make me a gold digger or an old fashioned-idealist?

While Tindering recently, I was surprised to find men in their 30’s advertising for “sugar babies.” I always associated “sugar daddies” to be more elderly, widower types in their 60’s and…

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Are something I have little to no experience with…

My first kiss was with Kris — short for Kristin, and it was a rough one. She was all about tongue and teeth and nibbling on my bottom lip and I had no idea what the hell I was doing. I was fourteen. We were in my parent’s backyard. We dated for about a month. She slept over a lot. I think my Dad just liked the idea that I couldn’t get pregnant. I have no idea what my Mom thought. A month later I was crying into the phone, saying something along the lines of — “It’s not you…

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And it was the best decision I’ve ever made

These days, the internet is full of success stories of entrepreneurial self-starters who abandoned a reliable income in favor of pursuing their ultimate dreams. This story is not one of those.

About a month ago, I quit my day job as an email customer service manager without another opportunity lined up. If you knew me personally, you’d know that this terrified me. I am that quintessential type A personality that wants to know how my entire life is going to unfold along with my exact next step. …

Leigh Huggins

Life Coach & Author. Twitter: @LeighHuggins

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