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No Strings AttachedNo Strings Attached

I’ve convinced myself that I’ve been in love, because I felt like it was an institution of growing up. I felt that if you’re 22 years-old, and you’ve yet to be in love, then maybe you’re not capable of such feelings. Maybe you’re never going to be in love.

I have experienced the overwhelming sensation of infatuation — which occurred when I was made physically aware of my emotions. Some believe that love is the physical manifestation of your emotional states; that your adoration for another person manifests itself with sweaty palms, the feeling of butterflies in your stomach and reddened cheeks. These feelings, for me however, have never been partnered with an unwavering sense of acceptance from another person — or the ability to completely strip yourself of the armor you wear to protect your most vulnerable self. I have found that love consists of allowing another person…

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Sometimes, in our relentless efforts to find the person we love, we fail to recognize and appreciate the people who loves us. We miss out on so many beautiful things simply because we allow ourselves to be slaved by our own selfish concerns. Go for the person of deeds and not for the person of words for you will find rewarding happiness not with the person you love, but the person who loves you more. The best lovers are those capable of loving from a distance, far enough to allow the other person to grow, but never too far to feel the love deep within your being.

To let go of someone doesn’t mean you have to stop loving, it only means that you allow that person to find his or her own happiness without expecting him or her to come back. Letting go…

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A friend who appreciates food as much as you do is the best friend of all. They know that feasting is always a good idea and that happiness indeed comes in a basket of cheese fries. They also get that the time and place for food is actually any time and any place. Bad day? Let’s eat. Great day? Let’s eat! Annoyed? Let’s freaking eat. These friends make for the best friends, and here’s why:

1. They understand when you’re hungry, and they don’t take it personally.

You shouldn’t apologize for what you said when you were hungry, and they don’t make you. They respect your need for food, and instead of getting pissed at you for being hungry as hell, they’re either ordering from the nearest take-out place or driving you to wherever you want to go.

2. They will never judge you…

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1. When you were really into this person, you were REALLY into them. Probably longer than you would admit to anyone ever. And no matter how hard you try, the feelings don’t go away.

2. You still get the tiniest bit nervous when you find yourself in the same room. It’s not the same intense butterflies that you used to get, but that fluttering feeling is still there. If only a little.

3. Thinking about them still makes you smile. The kind of smile that is a certain nostalgia for something that you wish had happened but didn’t. The kind of nostalgia you can have for a lifetime.

4. Whenever their name is brought up, your ears perk up and you’re still interested in what people are saying about them. You want to make sure their good name is still good.

5. Your friends still tease you about them. And whenever…

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Parks and RecreationParks and Recreation

“Does this place have a dress code tonight?”

“Yeah I think so…wearing a black dress and heels.”

“Ugh, seriously? Do you think dressing up a pair of jeans is cool?”


1. You have no idea what contouring means. Supposedly, there are ways you can highlight your features, making you look like Kim K. Apparently; it’s an “art” in the make-up world.

2. Concealer, foundation, and primer all mean the same things to you. You have no idea which one goes on first, underneath, before and or blended together.

3. Wearing heels (or any uncomfortable shoes) for unnecessary occasions seems ridiculous. You have learned to make your Nikes and Adidas work with every single outfit.

4. You wish all corporate offices would adopt the “Jeans and T-shirt” daily dress code.

5. You take 45 minutes to get all dressed up. Not only because Beyonce can…but also because…

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“That’s when I finally got it. I finally understood. It wasn’t the thought that counted. It was the actual execution that mattered, the showing up for somebody. The intent behind it wasn’t enough. Not for me. Not anymore. It wasn’t enough to know that deep down, he loved me. You had to actually say it to somebody, show them you cared. And he just didn’t. Not enough.” ― Jenny Han
“Most men claim to desire driven, independent and confident women. Yet when confronted with such a creature reverence often evolves into resent. For just like women, men need to be needed.”  ―Tiffany Madison
“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” ―Friedrich Nietzsche
“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that…

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1. You learn the difference between being alone and being lonely.

I think learning to enjoy solitude is one of the most transformable experiences a person can have. You begin to strengthen the relationship with yourself and become comfortable within your own company. You discover the pleasure of being by yourself by also understanding the moments of vulnerability where you feel lonely.

2. You take a look at what’s actually going on in your life.

When you spend more time alone you’re able to take a step back from everything that’s been going on in your life and examine what’s happening. It’s amazing the sort of reflections you can have about your feelings, the people in your life, or simple interactions with strangers when you let yourself process the everyday details. Even if you really love spending time with friends or family it’s important to give time to yourself. I noticed…

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