when I realized that everything was going to be okay
Life

I Had a Dream

You’re probably already chanting the beginning of “I HAVE A DREAM.” Ha ha, jokes. But really, I did have dream last night. Yeah, I know, this is no miracle. We all have dreams. I’ve got this weird thing with dreams where I feel like I need to find the meaning of them. Like why did …

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A few of the things I've learned and gained from living abroad in London
Life Travel

What I’ve Gained From Living in a Foreign Country

So far, I’ve lived in 5 states and 3 different countries, including the United States. The first time I left Alaska, I was 14 and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii. The idea of it leaving an ice box for paradise had sent me over the moon, but starting fresh wasn’t full of sunshine and butterflies. Even …

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Life choices that have made a difference in my life.
Life

The Best Choices I’ve Made in My Life So Far

I can’t say for certain what I’m glad I have done, but there are a few things, whether I struggled through it or not, that I chose to do for myself that have had an impact on my life in one way or another. And I don’t mean the things I grew up with or …

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Fiction has more purposes to be read other than for pleasure. There are many benefits in reading about fictional young adults on a page.
Books & Writing Life

Why You Should Read Fiction

Once upon a time, back in my junior year of high school, we played ‘two truths one lie’ in my creative writing class. (If you don’t know the game, you make 3 claims and everyone else guesses which one isn’t true). So anyway, it was my turn to say my three things and I felt …

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Life Travel

Growing up in Alaska

PHOTOS: Torie Howdeshell Everyone I meet nowadays is asking me where I’m from, and it’s becoming harder and harder to answer because ‘America’ doesn’t really cut it. Born and raised in the heart of Alaska would make it the most feasible answer, but I left Alaska over years ago and if you’ve talked to me …

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The results I got after going three weeks without a cup of coffee.
Life Recipes

I Stopped Drinking Coffee for 3 weeks and Here’s What Happened…

I’m currently on a detox at the moment, not because I feel like I need to lose weight, but because I made a smashing tiramisu the other day and my body needs to breathe (no, NOT the juice cleanse). I’m not one for a buffet of sweets, but being stuck in a town where there’s …

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benefits of being in your own company and why it is important that we allow ourselves to be in solitude
Life

Why We Need Solitude

Solitude––the state or situation of being alone. Something so blissful and joyous. The freedom you have while spending time by yourself. The possibilities! How absurd that sounds; to want to be alone. But there’s no other time when you can absolutely be yourself, or become your own person. It the this that gives us the …

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Life

How to Follow Your Dreams

How could I convince you to follow your dream? (And enjoy doing it!) Step 1: Drink coffee………. I wish. One of my favorite questions to ask people is: if money didn’t matter, what would you want to do? Most of the time I get a response that sounds like, “it would be really cool to …

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Life

5 Books to Read Before School Starts

Books have this magical power of bringing us out of reality and into some world that engulfs our minds and freezes time. I’ve found that just a little reading everyday (for pleasure of course) can brighten your mood and help destress. With work and school, it sometimes feels impossible to fit in 15 minutes to …

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