10 Reasons Why Kermit the Frog Would Be the Perfect Boyfriend

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Many of us are questioning the longevity of love in the 21st century thanks, to the recent slew of Hollywood romances that sizzled up this summer. The split that’s most shocking is between one of the longest relationships in Hollywood, spanning over 40 years. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have decided to part amicably, in order to continue a professional relationship as they returned to television this fall for the revamp of The Muppet Show on ABC.  

No word yet if either Muppet has their eyes on new lovers, but not to worry. There shouldn’t be a lack of potential suitors, especially for our favorite amphibian. While Miss Piggy has gained a reputation over the years for being high maintenance, Kermit the Frog has maintained his southern, down-to-swamp charm despite his international stardom.

As a single woman who isn’t excited about most of the tadpoles out there, I sympathize for how intimidating it can be to leap back into the dating pond, even for America’s favorite frog.

But reentering the game should be easy for Kermit because he embodies the makings of the perfect boyfriend (including soft, snuggly fabric).

Here are the top 10 reasons why Kermit the Frog is now Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, especially with George Clooney out of the running:

  1. Kermit owns his emotions and isn’t afraid to show them.

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Being able to have an open dialogue about feelings with your significant other is vital to any healthy relationship. Kermit has never shied away from expressing his emotions. Not many men openly profess their love for their friends and family as frequently. But wearing his heart on his sleeve has been one of Kermit’s trademarks, guaranteeing the absence of passive aggressive comments and mind reading assumptions in your relationship.

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How I’ve Spent My Summer Vacation- or Lack There Of

anigif_enhanced-12676-1424726950-5It’s mid-summer, more than halfway through 2016, and my perception of time has gone out the window. Within three months of the new year, I found myself being called to rise to the occasion at my new job. An unexpected life lesson and experience allowed me to foster a whole new level of professional abilities, however it completely abandoned my path to achieve the goal of a better work/life/personal project balance.

I began to feel a self-imposed sense of guilt for shafting my own writings , despite publishing three pieces for HuffPo, xoJane, and Bustle during that 4 month period. Like a AA member who has fallen off the bandwagon, I’m back to committing to the twelve steps of life balance- which includes:

  • Being mindful to not work from 7 am-6pm every night. 
  • 2gxofvoMaking an effort to spend time doing creative writing during the week.
  • Feeding myself with healthy meals instead of ingesting food that’s convenient and liquid. 
  • Stop holding myself to self-imposed schedules and rigid to-do lists that are only upsetting to me when their not achieved.

Between dealing with the aftermath of my mom’s latest stroke, turning 26 and trying to continue to acclimate myself with my job of less than a year, other fun stuff has been happening including: Continue reading

101 Things That Happened in the Last 365 Days

Facebook now has a new app that will create a short video clip about the highlights of 2014. To be frank, 2014 can kick rocks. Most of the year was spent dealing with stress, unhappiness and grief. But somewhere in the middle of the emotional roller coaster of the year, I managed to do a whole bunch of cool things. 2014 can only be summed in one cliche, corny phrase- Life Goes On. 

Here’s a 101 memorable things that I did this year. Thank you for reading my ramblings, commenting on my essays, and/or being in my life this year.  I’m still wrapping my mind over some of the shit that went down over the past 365 days, so I won’t even try to guess what 2015 will hold. 

101 Things That Happened in the Last 365 Days

 Participated in a vegan chicken wing eating contest- This was a disaster, no one warned me that seitan expands once it’s wet. But it benefited Philly Roller Girls, so it was for a good cause!

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Participated in a cupcake eating contest.It was my first large amount of sugar after clean eating for 40 days, let’s just say that night I wanted to die

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Went on an upside roller coaster- I actually tried frantically to get off the Batman Coaster but the attendant didn’t hear me so I was stuck going through with it

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Went to Six Flags- We meant to go to Belmont Beach, but the signs for the safari seemed more exciting

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Had an article go viral- I was annoyed about how much online dating sucked, and wrote an article about it one night after work. Apparently people like that kind of thing.

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Got published on Bustle

Got published on Literally Darling

Found out I was a social introvert

Took photos on Citizen Bank Park’s field before a Phillies Game 

Missed a plane transfer

Had my article and face appear on Yahoo.com

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Flew to California

Put my feet in the Pacific Ocean

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Went in a hot tub under the stars at night in California

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Had my face appear on a HuffPo email 

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The Heartache of Bullying Doesn’t Have an Age Limit

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Originally Published on Huffington Post on 10/27/14.

According to a 2014 study by No Bullying.com, over half of young people have been cyber bullied. It ‘s a growing concern synonymous with tweens and teens, causing parents to become hyper vigilant online supervision. But cyber bullying isn’t limited to those dealing with growth spurts and racing hormones.

The other players in the cyber-bullying world are grown-ups — untethered from any moderation and free to troll the Internet. They are as malicious as the adolescent ones you work so hard to protect your children from. Except no one is supervising their activity or protecting their targets. Yes, their victims are other adults. However, adulthood does not come with immunity to the trauma of bullying.

Last month, an article I wrote chronicling my struggles with online dating was published on both xoJane and Huffington Post. It focused on a personal experience, and included photos that were used on my online dating profile. At the end the article, I asked readers to share their own troubles with digital dating. The essay went viral, gaining 30K likes in one week. Apparently my experience hit a nerve with others who were experiencing a similar situation. Continue reading

That Awkward Moment When You Open A National E-Newsletter and See Your Face Staring Back at You

1976954_10203066445364876_2176036857001711839_nLast Saturday morning I was sitting in the hair salon on a rainy Saturday morning with red dye plastered on my head. My mom was in the chair next to me flipping through a magazine making comments about one of the Jenner sisters. My phone jingled-a friend of mine posted on my Facebook a screenshot of her Yahoo inbox, featuring my xoJane article (which was reprinted in Huffington Post Women). For those who know me, I’m rarely speechless. Well this was a rare occasion- you’re love life isn’t always on one of the world’s most popular websites is it?

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Needless to say round two of reactions began and shocked me. Over 400 emails, 21K likes, 1368 comments, and a few hundred more on the original essay. Not to mention the awesome new readers that wanted to know more about the girl who was insane/ballsy enough to write about the clusterfuck of her love life. And her highly intelligent cat.

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That Time I Became Popular on the Internet Because I Wasn’t Popular on Online Dating

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 11.44.43 AMAsking questions is a huge part of being a writer. When I first joined my high school’s student newspaper during my junior year, the first lessoned I learned was how to interview. My journalism teacher, who I adored, paired me up with an editor who was working on an article focusing on an event being held by our school’s alumni organization.

Like a puppy unsure about going out to the dog park for the first time, I trotted behind the editor as she led us to the school’s alumni office to interview the priest who was in charge of the event. During the ten minute interview, I watched in awe as the editor scribbled notes on paper while carrying on a conversation with the priest who was talking a mile a minute. There is no way in hell I can multitask like she’s doing, I thought freaking out that soon enough I’d be writing pieces on my own. But nine years later, that lesson has stuck with me as I’ve conducted countless interviews for publications throughout high school and college, magazine internships and my full time job as a digital media professional for the non profit sector. The point is that I can now interview anyone at anytime- being interviewed is a whole other story. Continue reading

A New Outlook on Online Dating and Internet Trolls Thanks to Readers Like You

snippet1When I submitted my xoJane Online Dating Reject article, I was pretty impartial about what would happen to it. Of course I wanted it to run on the website, but it wouldn’t have been the end of the world if it wasn’t picked up.

Last Friday when the article ran, I was pleasantly surprised to see 124 comments within two hours. Initially, the comments were very constructive. Many readers shared their take on my dating profile, and made awesome suggestions on branding myself in a more positive light.

Much of the advice pointed out really key suggestions I hadn’t taken into consideration prior. Sure, the description sounds witty if you know me and get that I am not a child-craving cat lady who spends all of time chugging smoothies in bed.  But if you read that and didn’t know me in real life- then it sounds like a teaser of an extreme introvert. Continue reading

The Weekend I Spent Analyzing My Life Because of the Internet

 images (1)This weekend has been quite different than what I had planed. The majority of my waking hours was spent on Saturday feeling conflicted. Part of me was feeling ecstatic that a piece I had written was on the front of a wildly, successful online magazine. Writing for xoJane had been a writing goal for so long, and contributing over the past 9 months has been incredible.

My goal has as always been to connect with others through my writing- so someone out there going through similar situations won’t feel so alone. As a writer, the fact that the comments have continued to pour in (last time I check it was at 502) is also an incredible win. People are reading, clicking, and sharing my story. Someone other than my grandmother is taking the time to read and talk about what I have to say. 

The other part of me is mentally wrestling with myself. I would say 85-90% of the comments have been uplifting and full of constructive criticism. I have gotten AMAZING online dating advice and can’t wait to try it out. It was the advice I was looking for from readers. There have also been lovely emails sent to me from readers saying their experiencing the same thing, or have in the past. Again- it was a goal of the article to strike a chord with women facing similar struggles. Continue reading

I asked for Online Dating help- and XOJANE Comments Exploded

Screen Shot 2014-09-06 at 10.12.51 AMWriting my online reject article for xoJane was a shot in the dark- it was a personal experience that I thought a few people would be interested in, or maybe relate to. When it was published yesterday afternoon- all comment hell broke loose. I’m not going to lie- I spent Friday night pouring through the array of feedback in the comments section. Many uplifiting, and full of valid advice. Others made me want to drink tequila and cry into the fur of my mentioned (and must discussed) ‘highly intelligent cat’. 

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