The 21st-century 20-something


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

GET OFF THE PHONE

I am aware my title is in caps, and it was very intentional. Because I am yelling at you, and every other person who can not put their phone away when in social situations.

Unless it is an emergency or one isolated text response, the phone should be put on silent and back in the pocket or purse or whatever. Get off of it. Damn.

There is nothing more exasperating than being at dinner or out for coffee - or whatever you like to do for fun - with a friend who is constantly talking, texting, Facebooking, Tindering, Grindring, Twittering or Instagramming on their phone the entire time. Not like once or twice. Literally the entire time you are out doing some sort of activity.
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Monday, August 18, 2014

#IceBucketChallenge: Celebrity edition

Just to reiterate the point in my #IceBucketChallenge post, the viral effort to support ALS research has reached celebrities everywhere, and many big names have taken on the challenge, and donated insane amounts to the cause.

I think the purpose of this challenge has now been fulfilled, and I hope that we can find a way to bring other causes to light in a similar fashion.

Just for funsies, let's take a look at some of the celeb challenges:

Justin Timberlake


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

R.I.P. Robin Williams

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Robin Williams has been in my life ever since I can remember. And while I am overwhelmingly saddened by his death, I hope his spirit will live on through his classic films that in my opinion, will never be forgotten.

His character portrayals have been touching souls and inspiring laughter for nearly 40 years, and I have never heard one person ever say they are not a fan of Robin Williams. He had the kind of physical commitment to comedy that is rare to find, and talent that was impossible to ignore.

I know that his legacy will live on, because his performances are timeless. Whether it be the '90s-kid staple "Mrs. Doubtfire" or  Oscar-winning "Good Will Hunting," you'd be hard pressed to find a film featuring Robin that wasn't loved by all and duly respected by his industry peers.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

#IceBucketChallenge: Why You, In Fact, Are Helping

I'm in a sort of an 'everything-is-annoying-me' kind of mood today, so I'm perfectly happy to have stumbled upon this particularly bothersome article about the recently cool, hip thing to do: The
Icebucket Challenge.
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This blog post written for HuffPost by Ben Kosinski hit me just the right way to make me ponder, yet irritate me enough to post a rebuttal.

He introduces the Ice Bucket Challenge efforts as a form of slacktivism, a term created for 'activism' that requires little or no effort, such as signing a petition, and is usually done on the Internet. Got it? Good.

Well that bothers me immensely because I think it is counterproductive and pretentious to refer to one form of spreading awareness as more valid than any others. Anyone putting any effort forth to get the word out about a cause, whether it includes donating or not, is something to applaud.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Give yourself time to heal after a breakup

As we all know, I am no expert on love. I have, however, learned many things about love through my experiences and observing others in both healthy and unhealthy relationships.

One thing I've definitely learned, is that you absolutely can not transition directly from a breakup into being friends again. It never very rarely works.

Some people think if the breakup was amicable, and they had a friendship with the person beforehand, they can break up and still casually hang out. False. It always ends in either constant discussions about your prior relationship or touching each other inappropriately, leaving both parties confused, resentful and/or wallowing in sadness and regret.

I feel as though I should define the difference between a relationship and someone you casually 'hook up' with (trust me, it grosses me out as much to type that term as it does for you to read it). If you stop casually hooking up, and try to be friends again, that can work. Since there was no commitment in the first place, there isn't much room for either person to be upset when and if all relations stop. However, if you're in an actual exclusive relationship, and you break up, it is hard enough to deal with without added pressure of hanging out and having to be careful of what you say and how you act.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

'Little Women: LA' will blow your mind

If you are familiar with this blog at all, you know I love reality TV.

"Breaking Amish," "Sister Wives," "Naked and Afraid" - you name I've probably seen at least an
episode of even the most obscure reality television shows.

I call it a guilty pleasure, but really I don't feel guilty about it at all. I genuinely like to have a glimpse into the lives of people I wouldn't normally meet in my everyday life.

My latest reality TV obsession, you might ask? "Little Women: LA" for sure.

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If you have been living under a rock haven't heard of the new Lifetime phenom, it's based around six women in Los Angeles who are classified as little people, the term I've learned they are most comfortable identifying with. Don't you dare call them, the 'M Word.'

The girls in the cast include: Terra, Tonya, Traci, Christy, Elena and Briana.

They maybe be physically small, but these women have larger-than-life personalities. All of the ladies are or have been actors or entertainers of some sort, using their stature to their advantage in the industry. Kudos to all of them, that's what I say.

As I said, I find it super intriguing to see what life is like for people who are drastically unlike myself. And I am certainly not little in any way, shape or form.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Everyone loves Harry Styles

I am a '90s kid and am proud to say that I grew up in the original "Pop Boy Band" era. You would find 'N Sync, Backstreet Boys, Hanson, 98 degrees or BBMak CDs in my Walkman any time on any given day. My room was plastered with J-14 posters, and I regularly recorded TRL appearances on VHS tapes to watch 100 times over.

I would like to think my, let's call it a 'fascination', of One Direction is attributed to that fact. It's just my ode to my former, younger self. I swear.

Now I'm talking the 2014 version of One Direction. When "What Makes You Beautiful" came out, the song legit made my ears bleed and the boys were just babies in that music video. But now that they're all grown up and the tatts, skinny jeans and British accents just sucked me right in. Oops.
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