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At 35, I Still Eat Cake For Breakfast

At 35, I Still Eat Cake For Breakfast

Pairs Well With…”Act as young as you feel.  You’re not getting older, you’re getting more entitled to be your fabulous self.” – Gwen Stefani

I love birthdays. If I have to get specific, my birthday. Growing up, we had a tradition in my house that you got to eat cake for breakfast on your birthday.  At 35, I still eat cake for breakfast.

Cake for Carin's Birthday

Today is my birthday, a birthday that I’ve not so positively anticipated over the last few years. I have fallen short of society’s expectations of me to have a husband and pop out a few kids. At times, I’ve felt anxious, stressed, judged and sometimes even flawed because I haven’t met what American culture deems as successful for a mid-thirties woman. And by successful, I specifically mean the marriage and kids bit.

Despite a booming career, deep social circles and a worldly background, much of what people seem to fixate on is why, “at my age” with “all I’ve got going on for me,” I am unmarried and without children. It’s hard for me to believe that people may be so narrow-minded that they think there’s only one path to happiness. But you know what they say, you can’t fix stupid.

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I Never Saw It Coming…

I Never Saw It Coming…

Pairs Well With…”Take a Bow” by Rihanna

Where do I EVEN begin?!?!  There are no words, and I am beside myself.  BESIDE. My. Self. None.  I never deserved to be treated this way.  Ever.  In hindsight, you never deserved me in the first place.  And I am disgusted and sick to my stomach that I’ve encountered such bad, bad human behavior – and that doesn’t even begin to cover it.  But cheating does…

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One Team, One Dream

One Team, One Dream

Pairs Well With…”All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled

Most of us aspire to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, especially when it comes to romance.  We all have the need to feel special, and with that comes a desire to belong to something more than just flying solo.  When I think of belonging, the first thing that comes to mind is being a part of a team, anything from sports to a social club to work to relationships.

All and all, we want people on our team who accept us for who we are, cheer us on when we’re striving for more and want to see us perform at our best.

We want someone to be there when we need them.  We want our own cheerleader.

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Declaration of Dependence

Declaration of Dependence

Pairs Well With… Understanding + Togetherness + The Great Love Debate

Contributor: Brian Howie, creator of The Great Love Debate & author of How to Find Love in 60 Seconds

Saying the words “I’m an independent woman” does only two things, neither of them good. It tells men you think you don’t need them, and tells other women you think you’re better than them.

And I know the reaction that statement typically incites. What? What’s wrong with independence?  The short answer is absolutely nothing. As a matter of fact, ALL women are independent women – it’s why God made them the moms. Independence is a wonderful thing, to be embraced and acknowledged and respected. It’s the declaration of independence that has muddied the waters when it comes to love, dating, and relationships in 2016.

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