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Ireland, we have a problem out here…

There’s no way to talk about the rest of the summer without talking about a not-so-slight hitch that occurred the first Friday night of my trip. And that requires some background, so bare with me.

3 years ago, I graduated from my master’s program jobless, recovering from a stalker ex-boyfriend, and completely unsure what my next steps should be. I knew that in a few months when my apartment lease was up if I didn’t have a job the smartest choice was to move back to CA and live with my mom to avoid a rent I couldn’t afford. But while I love CA, I also love DC and so I kept searching for something that would reasonably keep me there. And as I tried to figure out that part of my life, I knew I had to get over the fear my ex had put in me. So I went on a few dates because I figured the chances were high I’d move across country and therefore I didn’t have to fully make myself vulnerable because I don’t think long distance relationships can work.

And then I met a guy who changed that. Continue reading

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The Post-Breakup Challenge

I recently ended things with a guy I’ve been seeing for quite some time now. It was nothing serious – that was the issue – so I’m not as devastating as I could be. However, it’s still sad to lose something. With the holidays and New Year it wasn’t the best timing, but it’s best to start fresh with a new year, right?

I hate being the wallowing girl who falls apart because of a breakup, so I developed a challenge for myself years ago. It’s gotten me through quite a few boy dramas. Maybe it can help you too? Continue reading