Embrace love, today and every day

Throughout high school, the cool thing was to be indifferent and cynical, especially when it came to romance and feelings. Love? Overrated. We would roll our eyes at couples that were gushy and emotional, go into any new relationships with a realistic sense of self, and complain to our friends about excessive PDA when people…

Compete to Exist: it’s okay to want to win

Sometimes, as an adult, we lose ways to channel and release our energy. I always had sports. Always. If I had a bad day, one round of batting practice was all I needed to reshape my mood. Heck, on good days, there was nothing like winning the Tee Game before heading home; it affirmed my…

No Place for Glory Days

Sometimes dreams change. They morph and evolve and there's no shame in moving forward. And with them are old and dried up glory days, sitting in the dust. There's no shame in the occasional over-the-shoulder glance back. Since graduating high school several years ago (and staunchly changing my big-swinging dreams in the process), I have…

Never Have I Ever, still going strong

Never Have I Ever is a popular game for inquisitive middle schoolers, high school athletes on long bus rides, and college kids who like to drink. People gravitate toward drinking games because consuming booze isn't quite entertaining enough. King's Cup is a popular drinking game that involves a can of beer, a deck of cards,…

Married at 22: the best things about me are NOT you

My husband Chad and I are coming up on seven years together, and one year married. Throughout this time, we've gone through a lot—hurdles, successes, and nearly every milestone that comes up in a young relationship's highs and lows. I've learned a lot. I've grown a lot. This growth has come independently and as a…