• I Regret Being Disrespectful To My Mom: Here’s How We Communicate Now

    It seems like it’s pretty common for mothers and daughters to struggle with communication. Living with someone in close quarters can create tension. My mom and I are certainly no exception. As both incredibly strong-willed women who enjoy argument (you know it’s true, Mom! LOL), we were at odds a good bit of the time, when I was growing up. Neither of us usually ever backed down and we both almost always wanted the last word. Little did I know that my mother actually does know best, and it would have done me some good to listen every now and then. In high school, my attitude progressed to its worst…

  • How I Make a Positive First Impression Every Time

    When I was younger, I had no inclination of the importance of a good first impression. I was full of awkwardness and emotions and completely unsure of how to deal with it all, which probably applied to all of us at some point. Allowing negativity to take over, I feared change and resisted making any effort at the beginning of new friendships and relationships. I later realized that the more negativity I put into the world, the more I negativity I got back. The better choice would have been to allow love and friendship into my life, which would have sooner facilitated my self-growth. I’ve learned that starting off on…

  • Here’s How To Ditch Your Resting Bitch Face

    Ah, “resting bitch face,” a curse that has plagued Kristen Stewart and Kanye West, as well as many of us, throughout our lives. It’s the act of physically appearing as annoyed or displeased when in reality you’re actually having a delightful day and thinking gleeful thoughts. Believe it or not, this phenomenon is actually curable and I’m going to show you how. Positive impressions are key to succeeding in our society, even if we don’t want to face it. I’ve always been the type to try not to care about what others think of me, but now being in a professional setting, I’ve realized that it really is significant to…

  • 4 Ways To Be Zen Like The Buddha

    “Conquer anger with non-anger. Conquer badness with goodness. Conquer meanness with generosity. Conquer dishonesty with truth.” The Buddha, The Dhammapada Siddhartha Gautama, whom you probably know as the Buddha, was born on this day, 2,641 years ago, and was a pure embodiment of peace and transcendence in a ruthless world. He was a true representation of an excellent communicator, comforting his listeners, and ultimately inspiring and motivating them to become the best versions of themselves, continuing to influence individuals’ way of thinking two millennia after his passing. What is “Zen” anyway? Zen Buddhism, born out of China, is one of the many branches of Buddhism, similar to the relationship between…

  • I Silenced My Voice and Lost My Authenticity

    I had an aching feeling that people didn’t know the real me. I felt like each day I was treated and talked to in ways that didn’t reflect who I was at all. As much as I hated this and I couldn’t be fully myself, I struggled to use my voice to speak up and communicate who I was with the world around me. I was afraid of losing the comfortable sense of identity that I had gained among my friends and acquaintances. But at the same time, I wanted desperately to be myself. It felt like I was a caricature of what others thought of me. I envied those…