WHAT I WISH I KNEW BEFORE I GOT A CONCUSSION

“You have a concussion.” I asked the ER doctor to confirm what he just told me, “I’m sorry, did you say I have or don’t have a concussion?” “You have a concussion,” he repeated. Concussions were for football players, right? That wasn’t something just anyone could get, or so I thought. I especially didn’t understand how a falling piece of ice…

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WHAT YOU SHOULD BE BINGING (PLUS, WHERE TO STREAM IT)

The credits roll on the show you’ve just binged and all the sudden that “Next episode will start in” countdown is gone. In its place is an image for a new show that Netflix thinks you’ll like but you know you probably won’t. Panic ensues. What’s next??

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FACT OR FICTION: NOBODY LIKES YOU WHEN YOU’RE 23?

There’s nothing special about 23. The only claim to fame we get is the Blink-182 song that declares “Nobody likes you when you’re 23.” Is it true? I always thought 21 was the big birthday to look forward to. There were finally no more restrictions. I would be a “real adult” — whatever that means.…

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WHAT I WOULD TELL MYSELF AT SIXTEEN: PART 2

I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, ’cause she’s too busy worrying about things that don’t matter anymore. A few years back, I wrote a post reflecting on what I would tell myself at sixteen. Now felt like a good time to revisit that idea. My brother and…

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A MILLENNIAL’S GUIDE TO A GOOD LETTER TO SANTA

Too old to write a letter to Santa? Think again. You’re never too old to pen your list of demands to the Big Guy  write a letter to good ole St. Nick. But what does a Millennial’s letter to Santa really look like? You’re probably not asking for rollerblades or a shiny new bike this year.…

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WHY WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL FOR THE GOOD AND THE BAD

Be grateful for your mistakes. They will teach you so much more than any of your successes ever could. We spend so much time striving for success and to be the very best versions of ourselves. But success is overrated. Here’s why: no one wants to hear about your success. It’s true. People want to…

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WHY MILLENNIALS NEED TO FIND PURPOSE

Millennial. I said it. It’s like a bad word. But say it with me, and say it so the people in the back can hear, “I’m a millennial.” Really get it out. “I’m a millennial.” One more time. “I’M A MILLENNIAL.” Great, now that that’s out of our systems, can we proceed? Why did we…

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WHY I STILL WRITE

As long as I can remember, I’ve been a writer. In third grade, sometimes my friends and I would ask to go out to the hall during story time after recess. Instead of hearing other people’s stories, we wanted to write our own. We wrote these stories in my Garfield notebook. They were about our…

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8 THINGS I LEARNED FROM MOVING ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Moving away from home was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’m not talking about college. My entire college career was nothing in comparison to this. But living in the next state over is nothing like packing everything you own into your car and road tripping across the country. I wouldn’t go as far…

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WHY I AM CHOOSING HAPPINESS

For most of my life, I’ve lived according to what I think other people expect me to do. Try hard in school, work towards something greater, always on — never stopping to think about what’s best for me. Even when I’m deciding what I want most in life, part of me has always thought about…

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