How To Best Appreciate Yourself, Your Friends, & Relationships

How To Best Appreciate Yourself, Your Friends, & Relationships

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Just because Galentine's and Valentine's day is over, doesn't mean it's too late to show love to all the important people in your lives. Living my post-graduate life means that it's often hard to find time to see my friends who in addition to their careers, usually have extra things going on for them. Such examples of extra things include higher education, obtaining certifications, or even improving personal goals - such as fitness or wellness.

At times like this, it's important to remember to concentrate on the positives. Unlike school, or maybe even college, social interactions are seldom as frequent. However, that doesn't mean that lack of interaction equates to emotional distance in a relationship. Expressing gratitude - either through technology, or saving it for in-person interactions are an easy way to let people that they're appreciated.

That being said, it's still important for you and your friends to take the initiative to hang out. Even with both parties being busy, just scheduling simple, technology-free activities such as coffee or dinner, can be a big step. What's more important is feeling present with your peers. If possible, try to aim for a certain amount in a month.

Just like people have different ways of showing love, people also have different ways of expressing appreciation. As mentioned, the duration between interactions can be a bigger deal for some people, as opposed to others. When types of interactions or conversations get too mundane or repetitive, maybe it's time to analyze the relationship, or else directly communicate what you would like to do differently. I have certain friends I do different things with. For example, not all my friends are "concert" people, and lots of us have differing music tastes. However, I often find myself doing similar things with the same people - due to our overlapping interests. Changing this routine up not only creates fresh experiences, but you can learn more about your friends.

Don't expect that other people may see the same gaps in your relationship with them as you might. But truly, no one can read minds, and chances are the person may have had similar thoughts - or else cares enough about your relationship with you enough to make you happy.

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It's Time To Start Dating And Stop 'Talking'

The younger generation is over dating and talking only and here's why it should stop.


Today's society is scared of dating. They have come to a custom of talking for months. They will do everything a couple will do, but they're just talking. They hate labels and they hate commitment. Couples will literally be talking for an entire year, but will never use the term dating.

Many couples will talk instead of talking due to commitment. This might come from a negative experience of a past relationship. Many people have been cheated on and this effects the way they look at dating. Some have been through abusive relationships which then leads to being afraid of relationships. They let one drastic situation take on their opinions on dating.

People do not want to settle down. Some people don't want to be with just one person. They would like to be with several and that's not OK. Asking for someone to be faithful should not be that hard. The constant voice in the back of your head wondering if someone is cheating because you've already been cheated on once is not OK either. Being cheated on and not being able to settle for one person are both issues as to why dating is no longer a thing.

Getting out of an abusive relationship is pretty tough whether it was emotional, sexual, or abusive. They're all pretty hard and it will be hard to settle down and trust someone else. This is another reason why people will talk for a while before they date. They often want to get to know the person more, but at what point are you going to know each other too well?

Dating is scary no doubt. I personally was scared of dating again after an awful relationship, but I am so glad I got back into it. I talked to my now partner for a little over a month before we made things official. I got to know him, but here we are months later and I am still getting to know him. So stop the months upon months of talking and start dating!

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To The Guy Who Told Me Not To Be Me, Nice Try

He will not silence me.


He told me to never cut my hair short because it would make me look too masculine.

So, I sent him pictures of three different pixie cuts and asked him which one I should get.

He told me not to wear red lipstick because it made me look like a slut.

So, I bought every shade from blush rose to maroon.

He told me not to buy heels taller than one and a half inches tall because it's unattractive for a girl to be taller then the guy she is with.

My favorite shop was having a sell on a beautiful pair of three-inch stilettos. I bought them.

He told me that I was putting on a few extra pounds and that I shouldn't order dessert on our next dinner date.

Did he honestly think I would say no to the red velvet cake that our waitress offered?

He flirted with the waitress, saying that I should "look more like her."

I wrote down his number on our receipt before we left the restaurant.

He told me not to leave my "feminine products" on the counter because it's embarrassing.

When his friends came over for guys night, I organized my tampons and pads nicely on the bathroom shelf.

He told me that I couldn't talk to my best friend of 12 years because he was a guy.

I invited him to watch a movie with us at the local cinema the following week.

He told me not to order wine at the bar with him and his work friends because he didn't want me to seem "trashy."

I ordered jack and coke instead.

He told me not to be a feminist because it meant that I thought I was better than him.

My new "GIRL PWR" shirt is my favorite.

He told me to be silent.

He told me that I think too much and that I speak what I think too often.

He told me nobody cares about what I have to say.

He told me that the things I say don't matter.

So, I wrote a poem about him.

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