Tag: love

Moving in Together and Other Big Life Changes

Photo by Patrick Perkins on Unsplash Well, y’all, we did it – two weeks ago today, we moved into an apartment! It’s a 660-square foot one-bedroom near the city that’s recently been renovated. There’s a coffee and a pastry shop walking distance from our apartment, which is also near a main road and lots of bus lines, and

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Be More Joyful – Monthly Goals

It’s that time of the month again – time for my list of monthly goals! This month, I want to start – and restart – positive habits. I think these habits will bring much more joy into my life, and I am ready to receive it.  Work out (nearly) every day. Before November, I had

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Christmas Swag

Well, hello! It’s been a minute, hasn’t it? I’ve been taking the last week or so to focus on reading, and friends, and family. It’s been lovely. I’ve tried to be less on my devices; I didn’t even take my inevitable laptop any of the places we traveled. To be fair, I knew there would

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Grief as a Part of Life

Grief seems like such a simple concept, but the truth is, it isn’t. Grief isn’t a simple concept, or a simple feeling. It is composed of a range of human emotions: anger, regret, sadness, and more. Many of us think of grief as something that happens only when a loved one dies. While it is

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My Dog Is Weird

My dog is weird. If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know Brie’s origin story: starving, mangy Puerto Rican street dog boards a private jet to a new life in Northern Virginia, where she is nursed back to health, cared for, and adored. You know she’s the most loving, pure, friendly little golden

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Learning to Love (Myself)

Awhile ago, I posted that I had never been heavier, and that I was trying to lose weight. Well, I haven’t lost much. But I have been steady, and haven’t gained any either. Recently I was placed on a medication that has a possible side effect of appetite suppression. This is opposite the effect of

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Secrets to Shopping without Buyer’s Remorse

Have you ever gone shopping, either for something you needed, or just for fun, and realized that you’ve paid and come home with a lot of stuff you didn’t need or really even want – stuff that you wouldn’t have missed if it wasn’t there? I can’t say I’m innocent of this, though it doesn’t

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Mental Health Awareness Month

For those of you who didn’t know, May is Mental Health Awareness month. In honor of the last day of that month, I have written this post. My name is Grace. I am a friend, a girlfriend, a daughter, a sister, an employee, a dog lover, a kind person. I also have seven mental illnesses.

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Tampa

Well, my travels continued this Memorial Day weekend. On Sunday morning, I flew from DCA to Tampa, Florida, to meet the boyfriend. I arrived a little after noon, and he arrived soon after that. I had to wait in the hotel lobby for almost an hour, but I had a good book and some Starbucks,

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Portland, Oregon: Also, 100th Post!

As stated in my April goals post, in the last week of April I flew to Portland, OR, to visit the boyfriend on his days off. It was his birthday present to me (my birthday is the 22nd.). It was a wonderful trip, though my second flight there was a less than ideal. Honestly I

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Four Things I’ve Learned about Love in Four Years

Today is Ben and my fourth anniversary. It’s funny; on the one hand, I almost can’t believe we didn’t just get together, because I’m still so crazy about him. On the other, it feels as though I’ve always known him, and when I didn’t, I was just waiting for him. (Not that my whole life

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Why You Should Adopt, Not Shop

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I have a lovely little emotional support dog named Brie. Brie is the light of my life, and I didn’t know that I could love a non-human being as much as I love her. Brie is a rescue. I’ve told her story many times,

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Small-Town Spring Break

I’m sitting in a cute little place called Cafe Chocolate in downtown Lititz. I’m writing, and I’m happy. I’m seriously toying with the idea of interior design, but I know I have to finish this English degree before I do anything else. It’s slower here; I know that goes without saying, but it’s nice not

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Oh the Places to Go! (Part I)

I’ve always loved the idea of traveling. As stated in a previous post, I love to learn, and I believe travel is an excellent way to learn about oneself and others, and our similarities and differences. Thanks to the boyfriend’s job, it is likely that I will do a lot of traveling in the next

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What Love Does

Love, love, love. The things we do for love. We drive almost three hundred miles in a twenty-four hour or so period for a night in our love’s arms. We change our life plans. My parents have always frequently reminded me, “Man plans; God laughs.” In the last few years I have discovered that has

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Self-Care

Self-care is one of those terms that has gone viral in the past few years. Typically, self-care is attributed to caring for the physical self, and seems to be marketed more toward women. Self-care seems to mean skincare, haircare, fancy baths, fluffy things, etc. While those things are important and certainly can be a part

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Live to the Point of Tears

It’s so funny – when I had to read it in high school, I hated Albert Camus’ The Stranger. As a lifelong depressed person, the ideas in the book were the worst thing for me to read. The idea of the futility of essentially everything did not help my chronic hopelessness. I searched for meaning

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Valentine’s Day Approaches

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. It’s also an anniversary for Ben and me: the anniversary of our first kiss. (I know, I know, cue retching noises. The day and the event were not intentionally synced.) Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019, will be Ben and my four-year anniversary. Four years! We met when we were teenagers

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Shallow Is Important, Too

I feel there is a pervasive school of thought that believes that people should only nourish their deeper selves. While it is important to nourish the finer thoughts and feelings one has, it is also important to nourish the shallower parts of the person. For example: you aren’t with your partner (if you have one)

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Family Stories: Ellis Island

My great-grandparents were born and raised in a small town inland of Naples, Italy. Mariglianella was a small community of farmers at the time. My great-grandparents, Pasquale and Carmela, likely didn’t have anything past an eighth-grade education. In the 1920s, Pasquale came to America, and Carmela joined soon after. They sailed from Naples into New

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