All posts tagged: Family

To Gift or Not to Gift

This post was originally published on Adolescent.net. The holidays are among us and that means Christmas shopping. For those of us into social interaction and friendship, this usually means every December you brave retail lines in pursuit of gifts. As you grow older, it also seems like Christmas lists get longer with gifts for people you actually want to give presents to and those you feel obligated to give to. If you’re on the fence about whether or not you should spend your money on certain people, this guide will help clear things up. Your best friend’s new husband/wife that you may or may not be fond of. Sure they’ve broken up several times. There may have been a moment of panic before your friend walked down the aisle too. But your friend loves their significant other, and by default, so should you. HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean you have to spend your hard earned cash on them, or does it? The deciding factor: Is there a chance the new husband/wife will be getting you a …

How I got through: Losing a loved one

I think a lot of people tend to internalize hurt because it’s easy.  As we all know, it’s easier to not think about things that upset us instead of facing things head on.  Of course, this concept isn’t new but I figure I’d vent a little. I lost my aunt (She’s the gorgeous lady in the featured image. That’s me with the duck rain coat) in June 2015. The specifics dates I purposely didn’t remember because who wants to wake up on June whatever and remember that…but maybe that’s my issue…I digress.  She had cancer. I’ve experienced death before with both of my grandmothers, but not quite like this.  There’s something especially troubling about losing someone when you don’t expect it.  My aunt was in her late 50s. My particular issue with “dealing” with this loss is that it lingers.  Almost like a lingering headache that you can tolerate mostly but every now and then its stronger than usual. Just like a headache, pain has its triggers.  For me, it’s hearing my mom discuss her sister or …