A New Way to Look at A Crush

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Sarah had been with her boyfriend for three years. She was very happy with him and they could see a future together.  Because of this, she was baffled every time she went to her graduate chemistry class because she got intense butterflies for one of her classmates.  Every time he walked into class and smiled at her or every time she heard him say something smart she would get weak in the knees. She had no intention of leaving her boyfriend for this other guy, and yet–part of her felt guilty for feeling attracted to this person and fantasizing about being with him for the few moments after he walked into the room.
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Katie was raped eight years ago and just this month had the courage to speak up about it. Here is what she has to say to you.

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The #Yesallwomen campaign made me feel safe to come forward with what happened to me. It was because of that campaign that I found a voice. When that campaign started, I read many of the brave and heartbreaking stories that others had posted, including some from my closest friends. My immediate response was to say to myself “They are so brave. I could never say what happened to me.” That was my wake up call.
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My first AA meeting as a non-alcoholic

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I was anxious and scared but people surprisingly bent over backwards to make me feel included and comfortable at my first AA meeting. I had at least five people come up to me, introduce themselves, and start a friendly conversation. There was an incredible amount of trust in the room. People felt comfortable sharing stories to complete strangers—something I could never see myself having the courage to do.  Everyone came from a non-judgmental, open place. As people stood up and spoke, I realized what great courage and vulnerability it took to share their stories. Some were humble and funny while others were sad, hopeful, intimate, and enlightening.

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Living Simply-Could You Do It?

vw-live-simply Even though I think I am the kind of person who could never really let go of many personal possessions, whenever I move out of an apartment or leave school at the end of a semester, I am reminded that there is a part of me that feels great satisfaction in letting go of the things that have little meaning. It’s as if I spend my life accumulating things that I think I will need and just hoping to use all the things I’ve collected. Who really needs ten pairs of glow in the dark socks? Or four battery operated flashlights? I only wear 30 to 40 percent of the clothing I own. Sometimes having too many options just feels too overwhelming for me! The moment of saying goodbye to something is painful and hard.  But then, once it’s gone, I’m instantly free from it; I feel light and flexible.  Euphoric, even. What if shedding old weight could free you to live more productively, efficiently, and meaningfully?
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