Posts tagged relationship
What Domestic Violence Taught Me About the Importance of Self Care

“The most monumental bit of self-care: I had to learn to love myself. Prior to making that 911 call, if someone asked me if I loved myself, I would have said yes. But I didn’t, not truly. Someone that loves herself would not allow herself to be in near-constant emotional pain, sometimes physical pain, because of another person…”

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Here’s to the Fools Who Dream: Why I No Longer Hate the Ending of La La Land

“As a feminist, I always felt embarrassed that relationships and the pressure to be attractive held such weight for me. Surely a strong woman would be too busy being independent to care about all that? Surely, I should be focusing on my education and my career?”

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Are You There Molly Ringwald? Or Looking For Life Answers In Film Fiction

“The rejection from my first crush was earth shattering! In the aftermath, I turned to my trusted 80’s movies for comfort but found it harder to relate to them for the first time. I looked for answers in Molly Ringwald films because they typically featured characters who were ordinary and struggled with normal teenage insecurities, but somehow, they always landed the guy at the end of the movie…”

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First Love: A Misunderstanding

“This boy was older and could undoubtedly sense that I was after love, romance, the real deal. Naturally, he shamelessly used this to his advantage. As a seventeen-year-old girl who had been brought up with happily married parents and watched and read as many romantic films and books as I had, I was blind to this boy’s hidden agenda and ignorant of the precariousness of the situation…”

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It's Called Your First Love for a Reason: On Letting Go of Someone You Never Really Had

“‘This is a bad idea...,’ he mumbled between kisses. ‘Why?’ I asked but I knew exactly why. His gaze settled on mine, lingering longer than it ever had before as he said, ‘I’m already scared of how deep this could get. Besides the fact that we work together, I’m too old for you and your parents are going to hate me.’ They absolutely did…”

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Oriental Blossom: Dating as a Japanese Woman In The Whitest City In America

“As I reflect on how I defined love three years ago to my healthy view today, I am still coming to terms with these two conflicting cultures. I consciously search for these cultural crossroads between American and Japanese culture. Admittedly, like any relationship you cannot help whom you are attracted to and who you fall in love with…”

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