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  • Casual Fridays, Flexibility and Taylor Swift: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

    Hi, my name is Lauren and I’m a Millennial. I like flex Fridays. I want a job that makes me feel good about myself. I wear a necklace that says ‘follow your bliss’ and frequently listen to Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday podcasts. I sometimes throw around the phrase ‘authentic self.’ I know how to Google the average salary of people with similar jobs in my city.  I really love Taylor Swift, and not...
  • An American Abroad

    It’s a miracle I wasn’t hit by a car in England. When I studied there spring semester of my junior year in college, I spent the first three weeks looking the wrong way before crossing the street. I’m sorry, but the right side is the right side. I couldn’t tell just how much weight I was gaining, because British scales are in stones, not pounds. (Spoiler alert: 13 pounds.) I learned it’s...
  • Off The Deep End

    My grandparents’ above-ground pool was approximately the temperature of an ice bath. My cousins and I always had a blast once our internal organs had properly shut down and we were fully numb, but it was the getting in the water in the first place that posed the real challenge. Even at a young age, I knew I had to create some sort of game to take the plunge. I thought long and hard about it,...
  • Another One Bites the Dust

    It’s nearly impossible to kill a cactus. They’re like the chill, Southern California dude of the plant world. It’s hard to get them riled up. And yet the cactus in my office was clinging to life but a few weeks ago, deprived of water for so long that pieces of it began giving up and just breaking off.  This does not bode well for my future children, not to mention my wallet. Fortunately, not all...

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