Why living alone in your 20s is the best

Why Living Alone In Your 20s Is The BEST

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When my roommate got offered a job out of town, I had to either find a new roommate or live alone. After a few months of searching, I couldn't find anyone who I really wanted to share an apartment with. I've had my fair share of bad roommates, and I didn't want to risk letting a random person move in. Ultimately, I decided to pay the extra and live alone.

I'm not gonna lie... The idea of living alone terrified me. I soon found out that living alone is actually so nice.

You can do whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it. 

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If you want to lay around all day in your underwear binge watching Brooklyn Nine Nine, you can! Nobody can stop you from eating ice cream by the gallon, or not leaving your house for days.

You can decorate however you want. 

One thing my roommates and I always argued about was decorations. I'm very particular about how my apartment looks, meaning I usually hog the rights for decorating. I'm not saying this is a good thing, because it definitely isn't. All I'm saying is I can have as many throw pillows as I want if I live alone.

You control the temperature.

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I am so passionate about the temperature of my house. I can't sleep if its too hot or too cold. My temperature range fluctuates from day-to-day, which normally annoyed my roommates. Living alone means your place can be whatever temperature you want it to be! Just remember you're the only one paying the electric bill, so don't go too crazy.

There isn't another person you have to clean up after.

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One of my biggest pet peeves is people who make a mess and don't clean it up. I can't stand a sink full of dishes or bags of trash to be left there for days before the person who put them there cleans it. If you live alone, the only person you have to clean after is yourself.

You don't have to worry about a roommate's house guest.

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I once lived with someone whose boyfriend stayed over every night for a whole semester. I would come home and he would be there while she wasn't even there. She let him cook in our kitchen and leave messes for me to clean. He showered and did his laundry at our place without paying bills. I could go on forever, but my point is that when you live alone, you decide who stays at your place.

You don't have to worry about getting judged.

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Wanna poop with the door open? Go for it. Need to have a nice cry and drink a bottle of wine? Bawl your eyes out and have a drink.

You get better at budgeting.

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You're the only one paying the bills, so you're literally forced to budget your money. This is annoying most of the time, but in the end you'll be so much better at budgeting your money.

You'll learn a lot about yourself. 

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On a more serious note, living alone has taught me so much about myself. I never thought I would be brave enough to stay the night in a house by myself, but now I do that every night, and I love it. Living alone teaches you how to be independent and focus on yourself. I've learned that I am so much stronger and independent than I thought I was. Living alone is something that everyone should try for themselves.

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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11 Amazing TV Shows That Are Ending in 2019

All good things must come to an end.

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It might just be the beginning of 2019 but there are many TV series wrapping up already. There are many breathtaking and original pilots around along with several reboots coming. This might be one of the greatest year for TV.

However, all good things must come to an end. Some series have been planned out and are going to be finished while others have been cut short. Sadly, here's a list of TV series to say goodbye to this year.

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Final Date: May

12 Seasons//279 episodes

2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

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Final Date: End of 2019

7 seasons//91 episodes

3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

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Final Date: Mid-late 2019

5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)

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Final Date: Summer

8 Seasons//73 episodes

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

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Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes

6. VEEP (HBO)

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Final Date: Spring

7 seasons//67 episodes

7. Homeland (Showtime)

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Final date: Summer

8 seasons//96 episodes

8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

4 seasons//52 episodes

9. The Affair (Showtime)

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Final Date: End of 2019

5 seasons//42 episodes

10. Friends From College (Netflix)

Final Date: End of 2019

2 seasons//16 episodes

11. Crashing (HBO)

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Final Date: End of 2019

3 seasons//24 episodes

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