I don’t hate Valentine’s Day

I don’t hate Valentine’s Day

I woke up yesterday morning, my head was pounding. I could feel the mascara stuck to my eyelashes from the night before. I rolled out of bed, hopped in the shower. Pulled a black tank over my head and managed to put on my skinny jeans without feeling like I needed to vomit. Sunday regrets from [...]

The power to both love and destroy

The power to both love and destroy

There will be one person, or multiple people, in life who hold your heart. They are capable of holding it for months, years, and possibly forever. Life seems simple when you find your person, because you no longer have to battle through everything alone. The person who holds your heart holds a piece of you [...]

Pain is inevitable, but so is happiness.

Pain is inevitable, but so is happiness.

Too often we define our lives by our disappointments. Our failed attempts to control things that simply can't be controlled. Our emotions, our heartbreaks, our "you're not good enough" stories. Too often we place the world on our shoulders, attempting to solve problems that simply can't be solved in the moment, or ever. We feel, [...]

Love will always be more powerful than ignorance

Love will always be more powerful than ignorance

When I was in elementary school, my aunt had a friend named Joan*. I have vivid memories of Joan pushing me on the swings at the park. "Higher! Higher!" I would proclaim. My feet swung back and forth, then I'd proceed to flail myself off, attempting to land, but it usually resulted in skinned knees and Barbie [...]

An Open Letter To All of My Future “Whatevers”

An Open Letter To All of My Future “Whatevers”

Dear My Future "Whatevers," Hey there, it's me, Beth. I don't know if our relationship will ever extend beyond texting or if you talk to me just to hold onto the hope of having sex with me. We may get married, or our first date might make us want to run for the hills. You [...]

I Don’t Want A “Better Half”

I Don’t Want A “Better Half”

I am a firm believer in true love. I do believe that there is someone out there for me who will eventually sweep me off my feet and make me wonder why I ever settled for anybody else. There is a man out there for me who I will celebrate countless anniversaries, Valentine's Days, and birthdays [...]