Dear JK Rowling, Stop Using Gay People To Justify Your Transphobia

JK Rowling is at it again. The author of the much beloved and impossibly influential Harry Potter series can’t stop tweeting transphobic rhetoric. She argues she...

7 Signs You’re Growing As A Person, Even If It Doesn’t Feel Like You...

Sometimes, growth is subtle. Often, we only see it clearly in retrospect. Though we often assume that our growth will be completely evident to us, it’s...

8 Signs You’ve Met Someone Who Is Supposed To Be In Your Life Forever

While it’s impossible to say definitively whether or not someone will walk by your side for the rest of your life, often, there are a few...

Here’s Why I’m No Longer Using FaceTime During The Pandemic

It had been exactly 79 days since I had touched another human being. That is until Dr J in the emergency room examined my left hand. The...

10 Horror Movies Coming Out In The Second Half Of 2020

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How Each Zodiac Sign Acts When They Want To Be In A Relationship Vs....

Relationship: When it comes to relationships, there is a stereotype that long-term connections can become monotonous or boring. An Aries strives for quite the opposite- they...

30 Little Moments That Suggest You Are Slowly Beginning To Heal

1. When you realize that though nostalgia feels like a comforting place to live, the path ahead holds much more promise and much more hope. 2. When...

Let Yourself Walk Away From A Love That Doesn’t Deserve You

Sometimes, you have a gut feeling that it is time to walk away from someone you care about, but part of you is still craving closure....

These Are The Most Brutally Honest Zodiac Signs

They prefer to stay upbeat, but these guys aren’t afraid to call it like it is. While they may try to spin it as a joke,...

Ranking The Zodiac Signs From Who Leaves When Things Get Hard Vs. Who Stays...

1. Aquarius If we’re being honest, they probably didn’t even know you had a problem, and rather than hash everything out, they’ll bail because it isn’t worth...

Read This If You Ever Start To Feel Apathetic About What’s Happening In The...

When we’re faced with a constant and unrelenting barrage of pain and suffering and uncertainty and big, enormous problems for which there is never an easy...

These Are The 4 Zodiac Signs Who Are The Most Skeptical About Love

Scorpios are considered one of the most sensual signs in the zodiac, but they know sex and love aren’t necessarily interchangeable. As much as they would...

You Have To Make The Most Of The Chances Life Gives To You

We often get paralyzed in the concept of is this right? Should I wait? Is there anything better? Should I settle? How do I know if...

11 Signs You’re Healing Past Trauma You Didn’t Even Know You Had

Trauma is sneaky in that it is subtle. It is so subtle, in fact, we can allow it to become normalized to the point that we...

This Is How Each Zodiac Sign Gets You To Fall For Them

Aries: They take you on spontaneous dates Aries are known to jump the gun on things, but this can be part of their charm. Rather than plan...

Water Is One Of The Most Valuable Resources In The World, So Why Are...

We humans like to own, buy, and consume a lot of things. They could be pretty and shiny things that we just want to hold on...

This Is America, Where Black Employees Face A Different Kind Of Death

I work for a local mental health agency where I serve clients living with severe and persistent mental illness. I work on a multidisciplinary team that...

The Uncomfortable Truth About Learning To Love Your New Self After Coming Out

I’ve lived my life in two parts: before I realized I was gay and after. I have separated these parts of my life so harshly that I’ve...

This Is The Kind Of Sex You Deserve

This is not going to be that essay. I’m not going to write some flowery, romantic idealization of what sex “should” be. I’m not going to expound...

This Is What Pole Dancing Taught Me About Self-Love

“You should take a pole dance class with me,” a friend once told me. My stomach churned as if it were performing backflips. I never thought of...

Have My Best Years Escaped Me?

I fear my best years may have escaped me. It’s hardly the time to be having a quarter-life crisis. Well, actually it is exactly the time at...

A Definitive List Of Things I Wish I Knew 5 Years Ago

1. The more you try to please others without first pleasing yourself, or questioning if it aligns with your truth, the more you will lose. 2. You...

I Am Black. My Life Matters. And This Is What I Need From You.

It’s taken me a while to process the events of the last few days. Much like the black experience in America, these events are complex and...

Police Brutality And Racism Are In America’s DNA

Trigger warning: Police brutality, racism In 1991, when I was nearly one years old—in diapers and milk dripping from my mouth—Rodney King was being savagely beaten in...

If They Wanted To Be In Your Life, They Would Be

It sounds harsh, I know. Yet the sooner you realize this, the better. I know that it can be easy to justify why they aren’t around. Maybe...

My ‘Mrs. America’ Knowledge Gap: Not Just A Period Piece, How The ERA Is...

This essay started out as a Facebook post. When I learn things, when I obtain information I am excited about or surprised by that moves me, my...

These 5 Zodiac Sign Give The Best Advice

Everyone’s favorite strict but loving mom sign, Virgo isn’t afraid to tell you the truth. While at times they could stand to present it a little...

The Encouraging Text You Need To Send To Your Friend Right Now, Based On...

Aries: “Your energy is amazing and I love going on adventures with you. Don’t burn yourself out though, it’s okay to rest sometimes. I’ll sit with...

Everything We Know So Far About ‘Halloween Kills’

Halloween is not Halloween without Halloween. Fans of the franchise have enjoyed decades of wondering how Michael doesn’t make a peep even when he’s being stabbed,...

This Is Why It’s So Dangerous To Confuse Maladaptive Behavior With Your Actual Personality

You are not what you had to do in order to survive. You are not what you had to become in order to handle the unfair circumstances...

This Is Your Reminder That Your Intensity Is Beautiful

Webster defines the word intense as “existing in an extreme degree”. The sound of this word hitting my ears after it’s been hurled at me from...

7 Things I Learned From My 7-Month Marriage

Married for an ENTIRE seven months? I’m just like Miley Cyrus and Luann de Lesseps. Please, call me Countess Jackie! You know how it goes: Girl meets...

Zoom Happy Hours Make Me Want To Convert Into An Introvert

The New York Times recently ran an article about how group video calls are frying peoples’ brains. Author Kate Murphy wrote, “The way the video images...

This Is Why You’re Most Likely To Fall In Love With Someone Whose Self-Esteem...

They say we accept the love we think we deserve, but we also accept the partners we think deserve us. The truth is that you’re far more...

I Didn’t Burn The Bridge, I Just Lit The Match

I knew that day that there would be no going back from what I had done. I was faced with two options: continue pretending that everything...

The Honest Truth About Following Your Dreams That Almost Nobody Is Willing To Swallow

If you are someone who is intent on following your dreams in life, there are a few things you will need to know. First of all, you...

You’ve Broken My Heart One Too Many Times

I know that I told you once that I would always love you. That no matter what might happen in our lives, part of my heart...

8 False Beliefs You Need To Eradicate If You Want To Become Your Mentally...

Life doesn’t get easier, we get stronger. We get stronger not because we necessarily become tougher, but because we learn. We learn how to think, what to do,...

Not Everybody Is Going To Grow—It’s Not Your Job To Force Them

When you’re young, your path in life is set. You are not that much different than most people you know. You attend the same schools, you move from...

We Are Lonely, But We Are Not Alone

Before it was the end, when no one knew it was the end, the air already held a sense of loneliness. I recall the last night out. It...

Please Remember That People Do Not Need To Be Perfect Before They Can Be...

Please remember that people do not need to be their best possible selves before you can honor them. Please remember that people do not need to complete...

These Are The Most Optimistic Zodiac Signs

Sagittarius They may be straight forward when they speak, but it’s hard to beat the unbridled enthusiasm of a Sagittarius. They are often skilled at seeing all...

Growing Closer To The City In The Time Of Social Distancing

In a time of social distancing, I’ve never felt more urban closeness. When out and about on rationed runs and supermarket sweeps, the city provides a...

It Turns Out ‘Happily Ever After’ Was Always About Pursuing My Own Pleasure

Upon my picture-perfect engagement, my grandmother gifted me a yellowed, decades-worn booklet titled, “Now That You Are To Be Married…” Its Cupid embossed introduction reads, “With...

Here’s How The 2020 Venus Retrograde Will Affect Each Zodiac Sign

Venus—the planet of beauty, love, and all things which we value— begins retrograde course in 21° Gemini on May 13 until June 25. Venus retrograde occurs the least...

30 Impactful Lessons I Hope You Learn In Your Twenties

I think we “grow up” in our twenties. We work on becoming (and figuring out) who we want to be. And as we move through these...

PSA: I’m Fat And I Get To Love Myself Anyway

Hopefully you haven’t clicked on this with the expectation of reading some marshmallow, body positive, “it gets better” article. I sincerely apologize if you did, but...

A Series Of Human Moments From The Front Lines Of The Pandemic

On my first day, I am told to go to the staff canteen and explain that I don’t yet have my ID because I am newly...

What The Scorpio Supermoon Will Bring For Each Zodiac Sign

The Supermoon in Scorpio on May 7th. This is a Full Moon and a big one that will have the collective gasping for air. We are...

What It’s Like To Be Diagnosed With Cancer In The Time Of COVID-19

You don’t think you will be the one to get cancer. It happens to other people, not to you. If it does happen to you, it’s...

7 Ways You’re Probably Traumatized By Modern Dating

Modern dating is extremely traumatizing. Connection is obstructed, you’re chastised for getting attached, and the sheer availability of an entire sea of dating apps, profiles and potential...

A Regular Girl’s Guide To Shopping For A Liquid Foundation

Foundation is the, um, foundation of your makeup look. I guess that’s probably why they call it that. Anyway, foundation truly can make or break your...

What It’s Actually Like Being On The Front Lines Of The COVID-19 Crisis

“Code blue” echoes through the hallways as nurses, PAs, respiratory therapists, doctors, custodial workers, and PCAs scurry through the halls in paper scrubs, blue hair caps,...

Even When It Feels Endless, Please Remember That This Will Pass

While you’re in the middle of a dark night, it feels like the dawn is an impossibility when it is, in fact, an inevitability. Even when it...

All The Horror Movies Coming To Netflix, Hulu, And Prime In May 2020

Sinister (May 1st) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kbQAJR9YWQ A horror author moves into a haunted house (in which all of the previous families have died) and gives him some serious, let’s say,...

I Miss You, But I Understand We Aren’t Meant For Each Other

I want things to be different. I desperately do. I’ve always held out hope that we would find a way if we just tried hard enough. If...

It’s Not Naive To Be Positive, It’s Naive To Be A Defeatist Right Now

When everything seems to be going wrong at once and the future becomes highly uncertain, the optimists tend to get chastised for their positivity. They’re told to...

This Is The Most Underrated Quality Of Each Zodiac Sign

Aries: You’re a huge romantic Aries are generally associated with energy and childlike enthusiasm, and a fiery spirit. However, most people tend not to realize how much...

On Making Peace With Endings

I have a tendency to hold on too tightly, to people, to places, and to moments, stretching out all of the goodness until the final breaking...

An Unknown Caller Stalked Her For Months, Then Got Away With Murder: The Haunting...

For anyone that believes life was more pleasant before technology, let this case serve as a reminder that the world was terrifying before the internet and...

Even Here, Even Now — You Are Still Exactly Where You Are Meant To...

Your growth as a person is not contingent upon everything unfolding perfectly. Your growth as a person is not dependent on how seamlessly you can manage all...

You Can’t Make Them Want You

The questions linger in your head, even when you try to ignore them. “Why don’t they want me? What’s wrong with me?” The truth is, it’s not always...

A Story About The Neighborhood

Pushing open the doors, a gray overcast sky greets me, poking in between the colds to create space are the houses, A-frame ticky-tacky colorless comfortable shelters...

The Strange Silver Lining Of Everything Going Wrong At Once

There is a sublime comfort when we find the sun setting on the world all at once. At last, the sun is not just setting on us...

4 Signs You Maybe Need To Reevaluate And Start All Over Again

No one wants to give up on something that they have been pursuing for years. No one wants to leave the person they have always envisioned...

What If All Of This Were Enough?

I woke up this morning like I did every other day the past three weeks and will wake up for the foreseeable future. Today is Saturday,...

16 True Crime Docuseries On Netflix To Keep You Binging For Months

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Khr7dbuBjuE A nun who taught at a Catholic high school disappeared. Two months later, her body was found. Many students believe this was a cover-up, and one...

The Personal Mantra Each Zodiac Sign Needs To Hear During Aries Season

Aries This season, I am committed to starting anew amidst the confusion and chaos across the world. To cleanse my heart of old unhappiness and hatred. To...

Deep Rest Is Also A Form Of Productivity, And Maybe That’s What You Need...

Maybe the most productive thing you can do right now is grant yourself a period of deep rest. Maybe the most productive thing you can do right...

These Are The Stories We Will Tell About 2020

When we are asked about this time, we will tell them about how our stovetops were always dirty, and how much we cooked. We will tell them...

Even Now, You Are Still Growing Through The Storm

I know it seems like all progress has been derailed. I know it seems like the world has caved in on itself and will never again return. I...

This Is The Best Vs. The Worst Thing About Being Friends With Each Zodiac...

Aries Best: They are incredible at hyping you up. They have your back and will show up when you need them. They’re always the first to jump...

Does Everyone On ‘Tiger King’ Have The Same Personality Disorder?

Tiger King is a wild ride. It starts out seeming like a pretty linear he-said-she-said debate about owning tigers, but once you get past the first...

When Grief Changes Us | Thought Catalog

As you wake up, for just one split second, your mind jumbles your dreams with reality, leaving you unable to distinguish between what is “real” and...

Hope Floats | Thought Catalog

There’s one of two ways this can go – The first is to drown in it. Oversaturated with information, statistics and studies, advisories, warnings, predictions, projections, and...

In This Time Of Darkness, Please Care More

In the United States, the coronavirus is spreading like wildfire, with no end in sight. And it’s dauntingly too late to take many of the lifesaving...

Marry Someone You Would Want Your Daughter To Marry

Marry someone you would want your daughter to marry. Marry someone who wakes you up with the same joy that you’d want giving your baby every morning....

Here Are 10 Vegan Beauty Brands You Need To Know About

Honest Beauty has an incredible line up of products that cover a variety of skin and makeup needs. Created by Jessica Alba, several of the products...

30 Pieces Of Validation For Women In Their 30s

Can you validate me for a moment? No matter what the words read on the screen, the request is always the same. Tell me my gut feeling is...

7 Mysterious Cases That Will Take You Down The Rabbit Hole

Since we’re all getting stir crazy, why not discuss mysteries that involve eerie isolation with a touch of mass hysteria? These seven perplexing cases are sure...

A Calming Reminder For Each Zodiac Sign

Aries: It’s okay to slow down. You don’t always have to be moving- you’re allowed to take a moment and breathe. Taurus: Wanting to be safe is...

This Is Why You Need Each Zodiac Sign In Your Life

Aries: They will remind you to be focused on the present and celebrate right now. Aries have a way of bringing the energy up even when it...

A Regular Girl’s Guide To Every Kind Of False Lashes

I am not a makeup artist. I’m just a girl with enough time and determination to watch several Youtube videos and the gaul to assume I...

30 Horror Movies To Stream On Netflix, Hulu, and Prime While You’re Social Distancing

Girl on the Third Floor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSjjEi2A1Tg The neighbor says “this house brings out the worst in people,” and it’s way worse than you could ever imagine The Autopsy of...

The Most Debated Mystery Of Our Time: The Disappearance Of Maura Murray

The disappearance of Maura Murray is perhaps the most highly speculated case of the 21st century. It’s been called the “the first crime mystery of the...

There Is No Such Thing As Falling Behind, There Is Not Just One Way...

Here is a sentence that will either disrupt your worldview or free you, and probably both: Everybody is having the exact experience that they are meant to...

Loving You Was A Lot Like That One Time I Dislocated My Shoulder

When I was 14, I dislocated my right shoulder during a playoff basketball game. My upper arm separated from my shoulder socket, shifting forward a bruised,...

Read This When You Know What You Need To Heal, But Don’t Know How

If you know that you need to heal but don’t know where to begin, you will need to trust the process. You will need to trust the...

You Will Move On | Thought Catalog

I know that you can’t picture your life without them. It’s not a small thing, a tiny feeling to take lightly. I know that without them,...

Responding To The Trigger Differently Is The Only Way You’re Going To Heal It

We often think that what unravels our lives are singular events, instances we can pinpoint our pain to. This is actually the exception to the rule. Two people...

Not Everyone Is Going To Heal The Way You Did, And They’re Not Supposed...

At this moment, everyone you know is having the exact experience that they need to have. This is hard to accept sometimes. When we see someone we love...

Being Petty About Your Past Makes You Look Worse Than Anyone Else

There is a difference between being hurt by the past, and being petty about the past. There is a difference between shedding light on wrongdoing, and poking...

This Is The Type Of Person Each Zodiac Sign Can’t Help But Fall For

Aries: The spirited, stubborn one Aries are a sucker for high-spirited types. They want someone that matches their energy without overshadowing it. They want to be the...

Another Person’s Success Script Is Never Going To Give You The Life You Want

I know how tempting it is to want to look to the people you idolize and mimic their exact life choices. I know how soothing it is...

‘Overcorrecting’ Is The Self-Sabotaging Behavior That Keeps Ambitious Women Stuck

If you are an ambitious person, you have undoubtedly fallen into the trap of overcorrecting, and honestly, you’re probably doing it right now. Overcorrecting is what happens...

Here’s Everything You Need To Know About The Unsolved Case Of Tara Calico

On the morning of September 20, 1988, 19-year-old Tara Calico left her home in Belen, New Mexico to embark on a 36-mile bike ride along New...

When No City In The World Feels Like ‘The One’

I’m sitting in Scranton and have decided within 38 minutes that I don’t like the way it smells or speaks. I wouldn’t want to date this...

When You Have To Say Goodbye To The Person You Love

You knew this was going to be hard, but you didn’t know it would be this hard. Now that they are right in front of you,...

This Is The March Tarot Horoscope For Each Zodiac Sign

Aries – The first half of the month will be a rediscovery period for you as you wait for the Piscean waters to calm down with...

The Best Relationship Of Your Life Will Be With A Girl Who Loves Fearlessly

Love is a scary subject. Yes, we often paint it with roses and sunset backdrops, sweet words, and nights spent lying next to each other. When we...

This Is How You Will Know If You’re Actually On The Wrong Path In...

Sometimes, it isn’t always clear that we are on the wrong path in life until we are too far down it to easily turn around. We have...

6 Easy Ways To Protect Your Inner Peace

We live in a world of constant stimulation, much of which is the bad kind. We are almost always surrounded by people, and if not, we are...

9 Easy And Effortless Eye Makeup Looks To Give You Some Edge

One of the most common ways to express ourselves is through our appearance. Our clothes, our hair, and our accessories all tell a story about who...

Everyone Grieves In Their Own Way, So Stop Judging Someone Else’s Process

No two people experience grief the same way. There is no one right way to do it. When you see someone go through a loss, sometimes, you empathize,...

Moving On Without You | Thought Catalog

I knew it was going to be hard to leave you behind, but never did I think someone I knew for such a short time could...

This Is The Year You Let Go Of Everything You Can’t Imagine Having In...

This is the year that you clear your path so that you can finally see the light on the horizon. This is the year that you stop...

I Couldn’t Fix You If I Tried

I think the temperature must have hovered around 45 and misty when you took my hand and laid it to your chest amidst a maze of...

25 Limiting Beliefs That Are Holding You Back From Your Own Success

Your mindset is what’s constructing your life. If your brain is the hardware, your mindset is the software. It’s telling you how to function, what to do,...

The Honest Truth About The People Who Drive You Completely Insane

In life, we come across many people who embody everything we do not want to be. Given that most people are generally predisposed to be kind and...

These Are The Zodiac Signs Everyone Loves To Hate

Scorpio Oh, Scorpios. On the one hand, everyone wants to sleep with you; on the other, they want to hate your guts. You may be known as...

Trying To Make Your Life Perfect Is What’s Preventing It From Being Good Enough

In life, there’s something called the law of reverse effort. Reverse effort is why sand sits in your palm when it’s open and relaxed, but slips through...

This Is Exactly Why We All Can’t Stop Staring At The Trainwreck That Is...

Let’s face it: This season of The Bachelor has been a trainwreck so deliciously gigantic that out of sheer secondhand embarrassment, we just can’t stop staring. There...

To The Friends I Don’t See As Much But Still Think Of All The...

It used to be so much easier, didn’t it? The days where we were all in the same place. The times we took for granted, back...

7 Love Themed Horror Movies To Watch This Valentine’s Day

Dinner and a movie is a classic date, but for people whose movie preferences are less romantic and more horrific, choosing a good movie for a...

The Scariest Part Of ‘Midsommar’ That Nobody’s Talking About

I made the mistake of watching Midsommar before I went to bed. The juxtaposition of the bright colors and the dark rituals played in front of...

What You Think It Will Be Like Dating Each Zodiac Sign Vs. What It’s...

Aries Expectation: They’ll want to go on non-stop adventures; sitting at home isn’t an option for them. They can be hot-headed and get into dumb fights with...

Anxiety Is A Gremlin Living Inside My Ribcage

She is on her hands and knees, scrubbing the smell of dog piss out of the basement carpet. A deep rage that is familiar but unwelcome consumes...

This Is The Perfect Lipstick Shade To Go With Your Favorite Glass Of Wine

Cabernet Sauvignon: Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips Liquid Lipstick Sephora Cabernets are the ultimate classic when it comes to wine- so you should have an equally classic lip shade...

You’re Meant To Heal What Hurts You, You’re Not Supposed To Live In Pain...

Pain is a normal part of life, but that doesn’t mean it’s a necessary part of life. Too many people live as though suffering will help them...

You Deserve Someone Who Is Excited To Love You

It seems that in the course of modern dating, romance movies, dating apps, and failed connections, we decided that we were asking too much when it...

10 Creepy Museums You Can Actually Visit

When planning a day trip, there are many possibilities. There are picnics in parks, stores to go shopping, or hiking in the woods. But none of...

Stop Faulting Other People For Crossing Boundaries You Never Set In The First Place

Your entire life is constructed of boundaries. Your coworkers know how to treat you because of your office culture, because of your company’s policies, because of common...

Exactly Which Face Mask Is Best For You, Based On Your Skin Type

Face masks are a key element in a skincare routine. The right face mask can change your whole face and outlook on life. However, it can...

Have You Heard About What Lives In Teasley Park?

“We have to go back and get our bikes!” I insisted. Caleb just sat there in his beanbag chair, flipping through one of his stupid Deadpool comics, pretending...

Read This If You Feel Like You’re Always Uprooting Your Life And Starting Over

It takes courage to wipe the slate clean. In many cases, people struggle more with not being able to change than they do changing too often. However, uprooting...

If You Don’t Find A Way To Release Your Emotions, They Will Quietly Control...

Overthinking how you feel is not healing how you feel. Analyzing the past, tracing traumas to their roots, figuring out who deserves blame, recognizing the circumstances that...

And This Is Why I’ll Get Over You

It was the moment that I realized that for all of the moments you were on my mind, I was just an afterthought. I put you...

The Summer Of Swim | Thought Catalog

Maybe it started on June 28th, 2019. That’s when the kids began their first day of summer holidays. Anticipation melted off of them like an ice...

A Story About Impending Doom

This is not an inspirational story. This is not a tale of someone overcoming their fears and facing their anxieties head-on. This is a narration on...

How A Trip To A Pediatric Burn Hospital Helped Me Heal Postpartum Anxiety

It was my turn to wake up with our son, but I was tired that Sunday morning, so we broke a lot of my rules. Still...

This Year, Learn To Stop Taking Everything So Personally

There’s an old saying that when it rains, a certain type of person will believe it’s because the sky is intentionally trying to get them wet...

This Year, Please Stop Fighting Battles You Can’t Win

Please stop fighting battles you cannot win. Please stop trying to shop your way into self-esteem. Please stop trying to convince people to love you when they...

This Is What It Really Means To Be Kind To Yourself, Because It’s Not...

When we think of kindness, we often confuse it for niceness, and the two are not the same. When we are being nice, we are being placid...

8 Unanswered Questions From Netflix’s ‘Don’t F**k With Cats’

Don’t F**k With Cats is a documentary streaming on Netflix that is even crazier than the title. At first, a group on Facebook is created to...

What Rosie From ‘Caillou’ Taught Me About Vulnerability

At some point during one of our conversations, my boyfriend and I started talking about obscure children’s cartoon characters. Our conversations tend to do this, meandering...

The Antithesis Of Crashing And Burning

​For a long time, you stayed out as late as you could. You saw peace as a bore, mindfulness as a joke, self-care as a piece of satire. You...

The Unedited Truth About Living In Poverty

I want to write you a story, but I don’t know how to get it out of me and into you. It’s too time-consuming and complicated to...

A Eulogy For The Living: On Grieving Someone Who Isn’t Dead

Trigger warning: suicidal ideation “When does a war end? When can I say your name and have it mean only your name and not what you left...

I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me

I understand it now, why hurricanes are named after people. You blew into my life, a whirlwind of epic proportions. And in the middle of it...

‘My Dearest Emily’—The Heartbreaking Love Affair Of Emily Hale And T.S. Eliot

“Emily Hale” began trending on the Internet this week – when Princeton University Library released the 1,131 letters that the poet T. S. Eliot had written...

I Will Leave You In 2019, And I Won’t Look Back

I will leave you in 2019, but not what you taught me. I refuse to forget how you filled my heart with fireflies that brightened up...

I Would Have Done Anything For You To Be The Person You Promised You...

It’s late, our watches creeping towards midnight and we’re stumbling through a quiet, residential part of North London; I don’t remember how we arrived here but...

Where Do You Find Your Inspiration?

Ευπρόσδεκτη; welcome, welcomed, appreciated, palatable “Where do you find your inspiration?” He was from Greece, he said, here on a business trip with his sister. He had kind...

In 2020, Let Go Of The Things That Hold You Back

As the end of the year comes to a close, it’s essential to look around at your life. Take the time to reflect on all the...

10 Reminders To Tell Yourself As The Decade Ends And The New Year Begins

The end of the year always causes us to reflect on our lives, how we could’ve changed them, and what we’re proud of. It can feel...

You Aren’t A ‘Before’ Picture, You’re Worthy Of The Life You Want Right Now

The thing about self-esteem is that nobody is going to come along one day and convince you that you’re enough. In all of our magical healing fantasies,...

What Each Zodiac Sign Wants Vs. What They Need From 2020

Want: To have every opportunity to fall into your lap. You know what your confidence and energy are worth, and you are convinced you would chase your...

When The Time Is Right

I want you to listen to me clearly – things do not get better straight away. They always take time. Moving on from hurtful experiences can take days,...

Your Authentic Self Has No Competition, It’s Only A Struggle When You’re Trying To...

I know it’s easy to feel like it’s you against the world. I know it’s almost instinctive to think that the competition is outside of you, that...

Remember That Everything Will Feel Impossible Right Before A Huge Shift Takes Place

When we hit our breaking point and assume we are more lost than ever before, it’s not because everything has spontaneously gone wrong. The breakdown is not...

The Honest Truth Is That Good Relationships Don’t End, And Romanticizing The Past Is...

If you feel as though you cannot move on from the past, as though everything good is behind you, and as though you cannot understand why...

9 Horror Movies We’re Excited For In 2020

Kicking off the new year is a new take on an old classic. You can expect old favorites like “the hand coming out of the back...

The People You Envy Are Not Your Enemies, They Are Your Mentors

Envy is a shadow emotion. It’s the dark side of desire, and it shields itself as so many different things. We often don’t realize that we’re jealous of...

You’re Not ‘Crazy’ For Getting Attached, It’s Crazy That We Treat Dating So Casually...

When an almost relationship comes to an end, there’s usually not a definitive breaking point. There’s just drifting, fading, and then, of course, an inquiry. You wonder...

I Was A Living Heart-Eyed Emoji For You

The waitress asked, “Can I get you two anything else?” If only waitresses were genies who could grant wishes. From the start the menu read “crash and...

To The Friends Who Have Stayed By Our Side This Last Decade—Thank You

Thank you for coming into my life when you did. When I look back, the circumstances surrounding how we met may not seem dramatic or life-changing....

What Each Zodiac Sign Needs On A Bad Day

Aries: To do something physical Maybe it’s going for a run, hitting the gym, having sex, or even something simple like playing an aggressive video game. Anything...

And This Is When You Will Save Yourself

“Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch...

This Is Me Taking The Baby Steps To Get Over You

Last night was the first night I went to bed not thinking of you. It was the first night I slept in the middle of the...

When You Start Showing Up Fully In Your Life, You Stop Caring About Who...

The way we see other people is often a reflection of how we see ourselves. In fact, it is our most extreme reactions to other people that...

I Always Want To Text Him In November

It’s always hard this time of year. Even when I’m at my happiest, my most confident self, there is that part of me that thinks, “I wish...

The Truth About Changing Your Life Is That It Is Often Means Doing Less,...

The beginning of a self-transformation requires action, but the end of it requires something deeper, something harder, something you’ve probably never realized before. While doing more will...

These Are The 6 Zodiac Signs Who Have The Hardest Time Opening Up

1. Virgo You aren’t exactly afraid of opening up, per se- but you only want to show the best possible version of yourself, and you have a...

8 Of The Creepiest Locales On Netflix’s ‘Dark Tourist’

Dark Tourist is a show on Netflix that follows David Farrier as he enters the world of “dark tourism,” which is touring places that are associated...

Healing Is Not Just Disregarding Everyone Else’s Needs In Favor Of Your Own

There is so much counterproductive advice circulating about what emotional healing is. So many of us break under the weight of other people’s expectations. We string ourselves...

How To Let Go Of Someone Who Has Already Let Go Of You

Take a deep breath. Count to three. Exhale. Sometimes it’s hard to let people go. However, sometimes we are left with no other choice. The reasons are...

It’s Time I Said Goodbye To You

I was driving to work  and saw how much the leaves had begun to change. Their vibrant reds and oranges, scattered on the ground and hanging...

Me, Him, And A Few Other Things I’m Admittedly Afraid Of

I stopped taking Xanax some time ago. But inside my purse, I’m carrying the last two. Just in case, I thought the day I put them...

‘Stranger Things’ Could Only Happen In The 1980s

There’s a lot to love about Stranger Things, cute kids, mind-blowing metaphysics, scary science fiction, but my favorite part about Stranger Things is the 80s environment...

Here’s All The Drama About McKamey Manor, The World’s ‘Most Extreme’ Haunted House

Trigger warning: The following post contains graphic media that some readers could find extremely disturbing. Recently, the internet has exploded with talk about McKamey Manor, which is...

9 Things You Need To Know About Lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes the body to attack healthy organs and tissues. Recently, Selena Gomez has been sharing more about her diagnosis of...

This Is The Kind Of Date You Deserve

You deserve a date that makes your heart skip a beat. Maybe it’s the way they look. Perhaps it’s the way they look at you. Maybe it’s...

Your Life Becomes The Sum Of What You Tolerate

In an ideal world, life would amount to the sum of our intentions. Good things would happen to good people; we’d be measured by our heart and...

The Best Thing About Dating You, Based On Your Enneagram Type

Type 1: You aren’t afraid to do what’s right. You aren’t afraid to do the right thing, even if it’s not the most popular choice. The people...

Being Successful Requires You To Be Okay With Discomfort, Self-Mastery Requires You To Fall...

The journey to bliss often begins in the last place you’d expect: discomfort. The truth is that to really heal, to really ascend, to really deeply and...

Please Remember Your Instagram Isn’t Going To Flash Before Your Eyes When You Die

When you get to the end of your life, you aren’t going to be scrolling back through your posts, reminiscing. You aren’t going to think back to...

15 Of The Scariest Movies To Stream Now

By Alison Hinman Updated October 25, 2019 By Alison Hinman Updated October 25, 2019 A mother and two daughters reunite in the house in which they experienced a traumatic event....

Your Feelings As A Parent Of A Special-Needs Child Are Valid

This is your reminder that you are a great parent. A little reminder that you’re worth it – that being overwhelmed means nothing other than you’re...

This Is How Each Zodiac Sign Will Bring Out The Best In You

Aries: They will be your loudest and most enthusiastic supporter An Aries is as dedicated as they come when they’re loved ones are involved. They aren’t afraid...

If I Was Less Of A Girl, And More Of A Woman

I’m spinning drunk, spinning dizzy. Picking at hangnails like I can dig my way to you. I would bite your neck if I could leave my...

I Miss You, But I Can’t Wait For You Anymore

I can’t wait around for you anymore. Even as I say it, it feels like a lie. It feels like a lie because of how long I...

The Honest Truth About What Happens After You Free Yourself From An Almost Relationship

When you’re in an almost relationship, you’re in a sense, tied down. You’re committed. You see a future. You don’t want to date anyone else. So...

This Is How Each Zodiac Sign Handles Their Worst Fears

Aries: Takes it on headfirst You like to project a tough exterior, even when you’re afraid of something. You don’t want to show weakness, but you’re also...

What You Want Vs. What You Need In A Relationship Based On Your Enneagram...

Type 1: The Reformer What You Want: Someone to always say you’re right. Someone who is essentially perfect and what you expect in your head. Someone who...

11 Things You Missed In ‘In The Tall Grass’

To be honest, I thought In The Tall Grass was going to be ridiculously bad. People just lost in a field? It sounds like a mediocre...

Here We Are | Thought Catalog

Dark tendrils of wavy hair are stuck to my chest, my throat, and the back of my neck. I wake up breathless, sweating and panting, with...

All Of The Things Which I Do Not Miss

Cigarette smoke. That nicotine-stained thumb. Your second-hand mouth. The purple staining the skin under your eyes. How I swore the violet would stain my fingers if...

10 Harsh Truths About Loving True Crime

Being immersed in true crime media is exciting and exhilarating. It lets us see the darkest parts of people and lets us dive deep into the...

Maybe I’m Not Very Good At Understanding Love—But I Do Know This

Maybe I’m not very good at understanding love, after all. But I do know that I love the way the sun diffuses rays of yellow, orange,...

Ranking The Signs From Who Is An Open Book To Who Will Take Their...

1. Leo A Leo not only has nothing to hide but truly wants to show off everything. They’re confident in who they are, and what they’ve done, so...

10 Things To Remember During The Last 4 Months Of 2019

Summer holds a certain kind of possibility in it. A bit of a haze that hangs above us, like something good might happen at any moment....

How Life Changes After Finding Love

We think that all our questions get answered when we find the right person. We think that the moment we’ve found love, we’ve found a way...

A Short List Of Things That Are Absolutely Not Poetic

1. that song. that song which is–was–our song. the one you once played when we hung out and then randomly came up in my spotify the day...

A Case For The Grey Area

I wish you could see how special you truly are. Instead, you’re focused on what could have been and sad about what will no longer be. I...

In Which My Rapist Asks Me Out

Trigger Warning: This piece uses potentially upsetting language involving rape and sexual assault. the gun goes off, and no one can hear it but me. i’m bleeding...

A Poet Gives You Some Gentle Advice For Autumn, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

ARIES: You grew out of your old self and found a new one and this wasn’t part of the plan. Maybe it takes what you thought...

A Story About Starting Over

By Liz Rae Updated September 25, 2019 By Liz Rae Updated September 25, 2019 It has been exactly eight months since I lived here. I return to my old apartment...

The Five Zodiac Signs Who Have The Hardest Time Saying ‘I Love You’ (Even...

You have a hard time believing love will last, even when things are going incredibly well. It’s not that you don’t feel it, though you like...

One Year Of You

June It wasn’t love at first sight with him but familiarity – the kind that only deepened the more our paths crossed, like walking on uncharted territory...

Everything And So Much More

Maybe we’ve got it all wrong. Maybe the right person isn’t the one who agrees with everything that we say or tells us tiny white lies...