Go Home and Love Your Family

If you have ever seen the movie “Lilo & Stitch,” you might remember a scene in which Nani and Lilo talk after they get into a fight. In that scene, Nani apologizes to Lilo for yelling at her and Lilo responds with, “We’re sisters, it’s our job.” Even though it […]

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When Flowers Aren’t Enough: Loving Your Mama

I want to make her proud by getting good grades, receiving scholarships, and just doing well in life. While these things are all great and surely make my mom proud, what she wants above all else is for me to be happy.

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Reclaiming the Patriarchy

Though this is by no means an easy topic to navigate, it seems that the root of the problem is simple: Why is one gender, in this case male, seen as superior over its counterpart?

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Why Sass Isn’t Helping: Affirming our Brothers in Speech

Our words can resonate deeply in the hearts of others — they have the power to shape and inspire change. But if we distort our gift of femininity, or as my homie JP2 calls it, “the feminine genius,” we become destructive rather than constructive.

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5 Ways to Comfort a Grieving Friend

As a friend to someone who’s grieving, what are we supposed to we say? How can we help? What is appropriate?

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Keeping up With Youth Group Friends Over Summer

I looked forward to these nights because I was challenged by the topic or affirmed by my friends, but also because my friends relied on me to hold them accountable with their struggles and celebrate their joys. But then summer would come and the routine would change, leaving me anxious and wondering about the state of my friendships.

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Esto Vir: Be a Man

Society measures manliness by the amount of women a man can “get” and his strength, both physical and emotional — which I started to realize is absurd. If we hold ourselves to the very low standards this world uses to define a man, we are weak.

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To the Girl Who Can’t Wait

It was a hot, dry summer in Kansas. I was the curious girl in love, going on a date with my forever crush.

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What’s the Deal with Kissing?

You hooked up with someone. You should feel amazing.” But amazing was about the farthest thing from what I felt.

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Forced to Grow Up

With tears running down my face, I felt for the first time every wound and every scar I had been numb to for so long. It all hit me — I was not OK.

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