Reminiscing on Love Lost

You guys know this story well enough from me: breaking up sucks. I never much thought about how much it would hurt while I was in my relationship with X, but now I know. It is even worse when you’re still in love with the person and you realize you need to break up. It’s not always because you’re not in love anymore, you know?

A dear friend of mine is on the verge of sparking her relationship again with her ex (for the ninetieth time), and though many can see how perfectly wrong he is for her, I also understand where her mind is right now. I’ve been there. I considered getting back with X, remember back to some of my May posts? For some reason though I saw the errors of my thinking before I acted, thought better of why we broke up to begin with, and decided to look towards my future as a strong individual rather than depend on someone else for my happiness. I moved on. Now I am the most independent I have ever been, I love my life entirely, and I am surrounded by fantastic people who tell me my worth daily. It  amazes me to look back and reminisce on the love I’ve lost and the loves I’ve gained…

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At Least Out Loud

I’m just going to come out and say it, with the risk of having my feminist card revoked: I think it is naive for a woman to utter the “three big words” before a man does. I can attest for a woman asking a man out, making the first move, or even proposing, but when it comes to “I love you.” Ladies, no.

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Real Wedding: Mindi + Adam

Do you know what makes me really happy? Seeing smiles on people’s faces. Especially when those smiles are as genuine as those of the couple you’re about to witness! Mindi and Adam were married at Shadowland in September, and I was privileged enough to be apart of the set up for their wedding. Though their photographs don’t do too much in terms of decor, I’m inspired by the pure love that is apparent on the couple’s faces!

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The Weakness in Hamlet: Discovering Feminism through Gertrude and Ophelia

This piece was written for an honors literature course. I wrote this manuscript during the second semester of my freshman year at Valparaiso University (2011). Exploring numerous texts and scholarly journals, I aimed to demonstrate Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a feminist piece. This is not to say I tried to show Shakespeare himself was a feminist, rather I used Hamlet as evidence that the feminist movement was spurred by such pieces. I argue that works such as Hamlet which have submissive female characters only urged feminism throughout society, and still continues to push equality in the world today. This is a relatively long piece.

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10 Reasons I’m Happy

Happiness. It’s the term I most often use when asked what I am looking for in life. A loving partner, a meaningful purpose, a high-paying job, and endless world travel are also some things that come to mind, however all of these are means to that ultimate end: happiness.

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