For All The Guys I've Written Articles About, This One's For You

For All The Guys I've Written Articles About, This One's For You

I want you to know that my intention was not to hurt you, but rather to show you that you can’t just go around messing with people’s hearts like that.
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If you’ve read any of my articles before, then there’s a good chance the thought of me being a relationship guru has crossed your mind.

I’ve even been dubbed the ‘Taylor Swift’ of Odyssey articles, and while this seemed badass at first, that’s not who I want to be anymore.

Sure, writing articles exposing the things guys have done to you and your friends sounds about as messy as the pizza Julia Roberts ate at L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele in ‘Eat Pray Love,’ but I chose to do it anyway. Every time I wrote one of these so-called pieces, I knew there was a possibility the guy might read it, but I ignored the initial fear and published it anyway.

And I just kept on doing it.

Granted, I never name-dropped any of these guys, and the reason I wrote these articles was because I didn’t want the same thing that had happened to me to happen to another girl. Of course, there was also that feeling of sweet revenge, but it’s only normal when your heart has been messed with so many times.

Another thing you have to understand is the pressure I was under.

When your articles go viral, suddenly everyone at Odyssey knows who you are, and you feel like your next article has to be better than the last one. This wasn’t always a bad thing, I certainly put out some great pieces and my editors were nothing but supportive, but at the same time, there were some weeks where my heart just wasn’t 100% into it.

I knew I had to put out great content, and for the sake of this, I remember when I took one particular experience and turned it into a piece that left my friends in shock. The article was inspired by a series of events at a party one night, and I decided to exaggerate some of the things that had happened, mostly because I thought it’d be hilarious. I can solemnly say that my intentions were not to hurt anyone, but rather to close the chapter on a love story I just knew was never going to happen.

If you choose to put any of your personal life out there online, just be prepared for the consequences.

I’ve been confronted by guys within 24 hours of an article being published, and for that, all I can say is ladies, stand your ground and don’t let anyone walk all over you. You know exactly why you wrote that article and you shouldn’t have to explain yourself for it.

Keeping that in mind, I will also say that you should never publish something that you don’t feel comfortable sharing.

When experiences are fresh in your mind, it is tempting to put that person on full blast and share everything. I don’t regret publishing any of my articles because they were like therapy for me, and I learned a lot about myself in the process, but just remember it’s completely your choice.

I learned about what I wanted and what I didn’t want out of love. I spent so much of my college career worrying about guys that didn’t even matter and that just isn’t the type of woman I am anymore. I’m done looking for love, as I’ve been told you’ll always find it when you’re least expecting it.

For all the guys I’ve written articles about, I want you to know that my intention was not to hurt you, but rather to show you that you can’t just go around messing with people’s hearts like that.

From the bottom of my heart, I hope you find someone who speaks your language so you don’t have to spend a lifetime translating your spirit. I never understood your language, anyway.

Cover Image Credit: Instagram | Katy Bellotte

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6 Important Must Knows For Dating Sassy And Sarcastic Girls

Brace yourselves boys, she's a tough one.
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Dating a girl with a big personality can be tricky. They are some of the most amazing girls but to keep them, one needs to understand them. Here are six important things you must be aware of before you give your heart to a sassy and sarcastic girl.

1. Stubborn

She is going to be the most stubborn creature you will ever meet. I say "creature" because she might actually scare you with how much she refuses to back down until you have full proof she is wrong. And if you can’t prove her wrong, just suck up your pride and let her be right or she’ll never quit. But just remember that she’s simply passionate about whatever it is and you should be proud of her for that.

2. Bluntness

She is going to be blunt. So be prepared to hear the truth. She isn’t going to care how mad you get, if you’re being rude, she won’t be afraid to put you in your place. If your choice of clothing isn’t matching, she’ll tell you. Whatever it is, she isn’t going to keep the truth from you. Sometimes it’s subtle, sometimes she’s just a little too straightforward.

3. Sensitivity

Be careful sometimes with your choice of words. Though she is blunt, she is also sensitive. Her sarcastic personality is sometimes just a defense mechanism because she fears opening up. She worries a lot and continues to ponder the things you say. Remind her she is loved.

4. Friends

She is going to have a lot more guy friends than she will have girl friends. Why? Because guys tend to find more humor in her sarcasm and don’t take it so personal, whereas other girls take it as she’s being serious and just rude. However, don’t be jealous because trust me, you’re 100 percent hers and those guy friends are just that — friends.

5. Insults

She’s not going to flirt with you by giggling and blushing and calling you cute. She’s going to call you an idiot and smack you across the shoulder or back because to her, that’s easier than being all giddy and speechless over how much she likes you. And even when she’s calling you names, which really is in all fun and games, she doesn’t mean it seriously, she’s actually just saying “I love you” in her own special language.

6. Shorty

If she’s short in addition to being sassy and sarcastic, you’re in for a big treat with her. She is not only going to be full of fast wit, but she is going to have so much spunk in her you won’t know what to do. She will be so feisty that she won’t be afraid of anything or anyone and you yourself won’t even know how to handle her. That’s what makes her special.

It takes a certain type of person to be able to give their heart to someone who can so easily break it with their strong headed personality. But a sarcastic and sassy girl is going to be the one girl who is going to love you with all that she has. Treat her right, and she’ll treat you right.

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Here's How To Break Your Bad Relationship Patterns

We have to make a series of hard choices all the time to undo these patterns for the betterment of ourselves

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"When we are willing to stay even a moment with uncomfortable energy, we gradually learn not to fear it." -Pema Chodron

We're often told about all these simple choices we could make to better our lives. We're told to just say what you need to say, we're told to stop worrying about everything, we're told to just leave that relationship. Needless to say, we don't hear all of these things as revelations, but rather want to slap ourselves silly because that's what we've been trying to do all along. It's always much more complicated than that because if it really were that simple, we would have already done it.

These choices are never singular; we have to make a series of hard choices every moment of every day to reach these outcomes. The verb to choose makes it seem like we have an awareness of all the little choices we make, but we don't. It makes it seem like we are in control, but that kind of control has to be developed over time with increasing awareness.

For example, let's say that you have a boyfriend who blew off your plans, without much of an explanation. You're reasonably frustrated and upset--maybe you express this to him, maybe not. He says that maybe he could show up later that night, and you agree because you really want to see him. He's still making time for you, right? It turns out that his plans ran longer than he expected, so he blows off the 'maybe' plans too. You say that you're disappointed, but that you should meet up another time when he's more available. This is an all-too-common scenario. I've experienced this scenario as well.

Over a period of time, these sorts of behaviors tend to compile into bad relationship patterns. Sometimes people have to reschedule or cancel plans, and that's completely understandable. One of the chief problems with this scenario is that the hypothetical you continues to make little choices that communicate that it's okay for him to treat you like that because you will be there to make allowances. You will accommodate him no matter what, so a) he doesn't experience negative consequences for his actions, b) he doesn't learn to respect your time, and c) he starts to see you as expendable.

Start to gain an awareness of all the little choices that occur within your relationships. These form the bedrock of relationships, and are increasingly difficult to change over time. In the scenario, for example, a better course of action would've been to express how you felt to him, but then made other plans to still have a wonderful evening. It's important not to rely on any one person, except yourself, to make sure you're happy and have good times. The best course of action in this scenario is to realize how little choices in the past set the standards for the relationship, but also to recognize that this may not be a relationship worth your time and energy.

To generalize, it is important to recognize a) the little choices that enabled this bad relationship pattern and b) maybe realize that this relationship doesn't live up to your standards.

Of course, relationships are infinitely complex and there are many behaviors, including abusive behaviors, that are in no way your fault. What I'm trying to focus on here is the places where we do have control, how we build upon unhealthy relationship patterns, and how we become stuck in relationships that are bad for us.

While some people may not be aware of the harm they cause, you have to assume that they are aware and take measures to ensure that they are aware. Oftentimes we make excuses for our partners in bad relationships, but it's impossible for them to feign ignorance if you've directly expressed to them how their behavior makes you feel. If you say, "When you blow off plans with me, it makes me feel upset and frustrated and like I don't matter," and they continue to do that behavior and/or make excuses for that behavior, you know they're okay with making you feel that way.

Sometimes we are completely aware that our partners have hurt us and will continue to hurt us, no matter what they say, but we continue to make choices that aren't in our best interests. If you have friends and family members who've seen these bad relationships, it seems absolutely absurd that you would make choices that aren't in your best interests. They're operating based on logic; however, they're forgetting that we're primarily emotional creatures. Why do we make these bad choices? Why do we continue on in bad relationships?

One simple answer is that the best choices we can make for ourselves can often be painful, terrifying, uncomfortable choices, so much so that they feel like the wrong choices. For example, it can feel a lot better to avoid bringing up issues that have been bugging you from the start of the relationship. It can be a gut-wrenching, panic-inducing choice to bring up a conversation that you really need to have, on the other hand.

Ask yourself: what are you actually saying when you bring up an issue? You're saying this is important to me. What are you actually saying when you don't bring up an issue? This isn't that important to me.

Ask yourself: what are your actions actually saying to a partner? For example, if they cancel on you, but then you let them show they up when they want, what does that say? It's saying that your time isn't that valuable, you're waiting on them, and you have nothing better to do. If they cancel on you, but then you make plans with friends and back away from the relationship, you're saying that you have an awesome life and have high standards for who you let in your life.

Doesn't matter how much you think you like a person, you have to pay more attention to how they treat you. Oftentimes we think about what we want in a person in terms of personality (e.g. charming), career, lifestyle, physical attributes, etc. These can all be very important to you, but setting standards for how you want to be treated supersedes the rest. You shouldn't give a sh*t if someone is at the top of their field, super attractive, and great to talk to if they don't treat you right. What matters most is that you feel loved, supported, and cared for. Period. Notice that I didn't say what matters most is that you are loved, supported, and cared for--I said you have to feel it, because bad partners will claim to do all those things even if you don't feel it. And what you feel is most important.

It'll take a long series of choices, big and little, to improve bad relationship patterns. Maybe these choices are about an issue that you face yourself, and it's less about your partner. Maybe these choices are about a little of you, a little of your partner, trying to improve or salvage a relationship. Maybe these choices are about whether or how to end a relationship altogether. To make the right choices in the moment, we sometimes have to sit with feelings of extreme distress. These feelings will pass, but the choice will endure and move you from point A to point B. It can feel like that discomfort will last forever, and it can feel like that means you're making the wrong decision. Once you sit with those feelings, you'll realize how much you were trapped. You'll also realize how empowering it feels to simply exist with them, and watch them pass.

I've speeded through a lot of important points in this article. After reading this you may have a lot of thoughts in your head about how to make use of this, or how I couldn't cover everything in a couple thousand words. If there's something you read in this article that struck you, though, I want you to write it down somewhere you'll come back to it. I want you to just take a minute about how one thing you read could impact your life. Just think about it, for a minute.

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