The Five Stages

About three months ago, I made the decision to end my relationship.

It wasn’t healthy. No one was happy. And…let’s face it – it just was not working.

I spent a year and a half trying to find some way to make it work and I did all I could, but he did not want to put in the work.

He did not want to spend hours traveling to me. He did not want to take five minutes at night to call me. He did not want to use his breaks at work to text me “good morning” or ask my how my day is.  He did not want to make me a part of his world.

It’s never easy, deciding to break up with someone. Every day I feel this hole, this unfillable void, in my life and I miss him.

I wake up and I miss him. I ride the train and I think about him. I walk to my office and my mind is flooded with memories of walking places with him. There is not a day I don’t hope and pray that he would just text me and want to work it all out – but he doesn’t.

He may not know this, but he saved my life. He helped me find myself and question the path I was on. He encouraged me to try new things; he always told me I could do anything I wanted.

Without him, I would probably still be working on my Senior Seminar British Literature term paper.

Thank you, Zack…thank you for keeping me awake that night, even though I kept taking mini naps and you would have to keep calling me. Thank you for making sure that at 3:45 AM, I woke up from my nap and finished page 6. Thank you for acting as my silent support system as I finished my final exam paper for my Literary Criticism class. You were watching the Kurt Cobain documentary, but having you next to me kept me focused because I knew that as long as you were there that I would get the paper done. Thank you for coming to my awards ceremony when we had only been dating one week.

Humbati…you oaf. xo

An Amazing “Year in the Life”: Thoughts on the return of Gilmore Girls

Euphoria. Heartache. Fun.

Twelve hours later and there was never a dull moment in the lives of the citizens of Stars Hollow. Everyone was just as we had left them – Bootsy still ran the newspaper and magazine stand; Taylor still has his soda shoppe and the market; Gypsy is still keeping that old Jeep Wrangler running; Patty still teaches dance…everything is as it was in 2007.

It’s like we never left. Home is still where the heart is and my heart still beats strongly inside the gazebo of Stars Hollow. Watching Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino’s dream come true – hearing those four final words spoken was as much a miracle to me as it was to them.

When you watch Gilmore Girls, you ultimately end up contemplating your own life journey. It is  a very natural occurrence. Tonight, as my sister and I finished watching Summer and Fall, I could not help but think “god, I wish Aunt Jeanine were here to watch this with us.” My aunt loved this show and I know that she would have been waiting up till three o’clock in the morning to begin the binge, just as my sister and I had.

In 2007, when I lost the Gilmores…I also lost my aunt. She was young; I was young. One was a living, breathing woman and the other was my fictional family in television land – characters designed on a page of printer paper. In a way, I do not think I quite understood the grief that I felt after losing her. Watching this revival and dealing with the death of Edward Hermann/Richard Gilmore, has helped me a little more with her death because with this show…it is as if no time has passed, and I lost them both simultaneously.

I felt my eyes getting heavier as tears filled their corners each time the front doors to the Gilmore home opened up.

Although the revival used every second to tug at the heartstrings of viewers, it never forgot its roots – humor. This family has lost one of its pillars and, in a way, they lost themselves. The collective existential crisis ended up bringing all of the characters together in such a touching way. It brings me comfort to know that my beloved, fictional family is only human after all.

Study Suggests Possibility Of Male Birth Control, But We’re Not There Yet — CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was important news Thursday, for couples wanting to avoid pregnancy as a new study suggested that there could be a male version of the birth control pill. As CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez explained, it’s not exactly the same as the pill, and there are drawbacks. Women have asked for decades,…

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“Grab ’em by the pussy!”The Inspirational Words from Garbage with Eyes and a Mouth.

I do not post often, but my readers know that when I do post something, it is a power piece. I am going to be brutally honest.

This election is insane.

America has deteriorated right in front of my eyes, and for the last year and a half, I have been asking myself – how did we get here? I try to rack my brain for the answers, but nothing comes to mind.

We are where we are right now because so many American people believe in an over-tanned, over-privileged, racist bigot. Not to mention a rapist. They believe that HE can lead what is supposed to be the greatest nation in the world, but lately…I do not feel so great.

Of course, I know, no one is perfect. But, it seems to me that any country full of people that believe the overgrown Oompa Loompa who tells the world that detailing a sexual assault is “Locker-Room talk”…well, quite frankly…the country has lost its god damned mind. This is exactly the problem with the culture of sexual assault. It has been watered down and labeled as the norm, but it is not the norm and it should not be the norm.

I do not want children, especially young boys, growing up thinking that it is the norm to grab women by the pussy. It does not matter how much money you have or how many beautiful women you have been with. Women are not sexual objects. We are not here solely for the entertainment and ogling of men. We are human beings and should be treated as such.

2005 Access Hollywood Video: Donald Trump & Billy Bush

Of course, the gaggle of old, white, male Republicans is insulted and disgusted by these comments because they have sisters, mothers, and daughters…as do most Americans. No great shocker there. This is not why they should be outraged. They should be outraged because the sentiments expressed by Mr. Trump are not things that people say about women.

No one actually talks like this. I am so sure that no one actually talks like this in any locker room anywhere that I am willing to bet Brock Turner‘s prison sentence on it. Here is another classic case of the privileged white male using his sexual status to take advantage of and sexually assault a woman. Brock Turner’s father is quoted saying that it was “20 minutes of action” that have ruined his son’s life when really it is more like 20,000 years of infinite suffering for the poor girl he raped behind a dumpster, while she was unconscious. But hey, it isn’t his fault he is a good swimmer.

“20 minutes of action” becomes “locker room talk” later in life.

Same over-privileged white men. Same sexual predators.

According to RAINN‘s statistics “Every two minutes, an American is sexually assaulted” and “1 in 6 women has been the victim of a completed or attempted sexual attack.”

We need to put a stop to them now before it becomes open season on the vagina.

If you are a victim of unwanted sexual contact, sexual assault, or know someone who has been, follow this link to get help: RAINN: Get Help Now

#MyDiaStyle

For the past four months, I have been working as a Personal Stylist with Dia&Co!

What does that mean?

Well, it means that every day I get to spread radical self-love through style.

What does THAT mean?

Self-love through style = loving yourself because you give your personality wings by trying clothing styles that you might avoid in the store. It means finding you inside of yourself.

It means loving yourself no matter what society might think or feel.

Slowly but surely, I am getting to a place where I love me for me because I have FINALLY found clothes that not only flatter my curves but play on my personality. You might not believe me when I say this, but clothes actually have a huge impact on your emotional status.

Picture this:

It’s a Saturday morning. You put on jeans, not just any jeans, but your least favorite pair. Why would you wear those? Well, because your favorite pairs are all dirty and await laundry day. So, now, you are stuck wearing your fat jeans to the mall. These jeans are really loose in the waist and you are constantly pulling them up because a belt will just make things worse. You pair them with what is normally your favorite tee shirt, your security tee shirt. But it turns out that when you pair your favorite tee shirt with your least favorite, end-of-days jeans you end up hating the whole outfit. 

Too late to change now. No matter what you do with your hair, no matter how much makeup you cake onto your cheeks, you just HATE the way you look. 

Imagine having to wear these jeans for a week!

Cut to next Saturday:

You are decked out in your best skinny jeans, a tank top, layered underneath an adorable plaid button down, and you pull out your absolute favorite jacket. Look in the mirror – No cake today. Just a touch of blush and a dab of mascara. You have not washed your hair but you aren’t worried. You step into your fiercest pair of ankle boots and you are on your way out. 

See what your favorite clothes can do for your confidence mood? Total confidence booster!

Since I have started working at Dia&Co, I have filled my closet full of clothes that I finally feel fabulous in. I am more confident in front of a crowd now than back when I was in Catholic High School and all the girl’s wore the same thing. I have so much confidence that I actually attended my five-year high school reunion rocking my new favorite fit/flare dress.

Before this job, I never knew that plus-size could mean something so much more.

FUN.    FABULOUS.   FIERCE.

Take a look and tell me.

Don’t I look fantastic?

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Wearing a cropped top for the first time. You can’t tell it is cropped in the picture, but it is.

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