How to Be Single on Valentine's Day

For the first time in two years I am single on Valentine’s Day. And I won’t lie – I’m really excited.

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When you’re in a relationship Valentine’s Day is a very cut and dry holiday. But what about when you’re single? Easy, the playing field is open! You don’t have to do any of the normal romantic activities with a significant other. Instead, let’s celebrate the person you adore most – You.

Below is a compilation of ways to spend tomorrow’s holiday when you’re single and loving it.Read More

A Reminder to Live Your Best Life

While my average day includes me watching one more episode of SVU before showering, rushing out the door with toast, going to work undercaffeinated, and then collapsing on the couch with a bowl of pasta before bed, there is a lot to say about taking care of yourself to live a more fulfilling life.

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Hidden on my laptop, in a special little place where I keep quotes and photos that remind me of who I want to be, is a step-by-step guide on living a more fulfilling life. It isn’t difficult or confusing or meant to stress anyone out, but rather gives helpful tips to living a life full of simplicity and content. With everything going on recently (finishing college, leaving my job, moving) I have been living a very unfulfilling life as of late. I’m not doing those small luxurious things every day that make me happy. As a Taurus I thrive from those things, and here I am depriving myself.Read More

What Watching 'The Mindy Project' Taught Me About Love, Life, and Being Yourself

Mindy Kaling is my spirit animal. I decided that when I read her books and this past weekend I am more convinced than ever.

“The Mindy Project” is Mindy Kaling’s television show, which is now in its fourth season. The show follows Mindy Lahiri, a gynecologist, as she pursues her career and personal life with a flair for food and pop culture references. Every episode is full of complete nonsense, but maintains a story line that has made me cry a few times. It’s truly a great representation of Kaling’s talent.

This past weekend I bought the first three seasons on DVD and binge watched with some white wine and the best hoagie sandwiches ever with my best friend. And there were laughs, tears, and lots of rolling on the couch because Danny Castellano dancing is enough to make the entire world happy again. But after all the laughs and such (and I finished all the DVDs and signed up for a Hulu account) I thought about the fact that “The Mindy Project” is more than just humorous, it is filled with so many life lessons that in a span of a few days I felt like a completely new person. Why sign up for a self-esteem seminar when you could just watch the show?Read More

Whatever Wednesday: Tales From a Love Guru

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On Whatever Wednesday we’re going to talk about whatever catches my fancy – and today talking about my accidental double life of being a love guru is taking my fancy.

What do you mean your accidental double life of being a love guru?Read More

Why My Boyfriend is an Idiot

Happy anniversary to me!

Six months ago this guy came into my life and completely swept me off my feet. He introduced me to the best sushi in Eugene, my love of the Springfield Winco that doesn’t make you pay for bags and several Japanese words that he definitely overuses. And he’s kind of the sweetest person on the planet.

His goal? To be on my blog. So today, in honour of our six month anniversary (that’s a whole half year, folks), I am making a list of reasons he is the complete idiot that I love.Read More

That Marriage Thing

I remember the day my mom told me, “Soon your friends will all be getting married.”

And, wow, she was right.

Yesterday one of my best friends got married. We’re only 20, but when you love someone it doesn’t matter how old you are, I guess. And here she is, married to the love of her life. Whoo!Read More

Goodbye Cove

It’s a tough week here at The Enthusiast.

Covington “Cove”, our favourite, beloved guinea pig, has been relocated to another loving family.

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Mid-December I started to notice that I got a rash whenever I held Cove. After a few weeks I thought it would go away, but no. I was definitely allergic. And for months and months I just held my little guinea hoping all would be okay.Read More

How to Keep a Boy (From a Semi-Expert)

Well, I kind of lied when I said “How to Tell if a Boy Likes You (And Other Real Boy Advice)” was the last part of my “How to…Boy” series. But I also didn’t expect to get in a relationship, so you’ll have to forgive me.

I’m reaching my three month anniversary and someone suggested I make a post about how I stay in my relationship. And why not? I have some tips and tricks up my sleeve, and I’m sure some of you are curious. Now it’s time to share!

How to Keep Your Boyfriend In Love With You
(And You In Love With Him)

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What I Didn't Know About Relationships

For the past few years I have been giving love/dating advice to girls all around the world. In that time, I have gone simply off of what I knew from movies and what my own gut instinct told me. I thought I knew everything about relationships, but I don’t.

I’ve been in a relationship for about a month now (my anniversary’s on Saturday whoop!) and it’s taught me a lot about something I thought I knew a lot about. I didn’t expect for my relationship to teach me so much about human interaction. But it has.

We expect that movies and books are accurate depictions of how humans interact, and if our lives do not reflect those stories then we are not living the correct human lifestyle. Wrong! My relationship varies several different ways from how movies depict the typical college romance, but it doesn’t feel wrong, or that I’m not living to my potential. Everything feels right, and I don’t want to change it.Read More

18 Things I Learned at 18

We learn a lot in a year. So much goes on in 365 days, and as each 365 days pass a compilation of life lessons are taught.

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18 never looked this good.

Tomorrow I turn 19 (best Friday ever, am I right?) and that means I’ve had roughly 365 days to learn some valuable life lessons. And this year was a doozy when it came to growing up. I graduated high school, moved out of the house, and started university. My whole life changed pretty drastically. But it was not for naught, as I now have a whole bunch of new life lessons that I can share with you! Last year I gave you 17 Things I Learned at 17 and a lot of you found it helpful for your own lives. I hope this year’s batch of fresh knowledge can be just as helpful.

Let’s get started on those life lessons, yeah?

18 Life Lessons From Your Local, Internet 18-Year-Old

1. Whatever scares you can make you stronger.

2. You are the cumulation of all the things you love.

3. Staying at home does not affect your “cool” factor.

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