How hockey helped me heal from an abusive relationship

I was almost five years into an abusive relationship, and at best, I was bereft of both self-esteem and hope. The good news is that a month and a half later, I finally got up enough courage to leave. At the time, I thought it was a temporary measure to help him realize that what he was doing was wrong. But it turned into a journey of recovery and self-discovery that I'm still taking today. None of it has been easy, but a lot of that journey has been aided by playing hockey…

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Melting cats & rainbow unicorns: uncommon gifts from UncommonGoods!

Wanna know a little secret about my gift-shopping prowess? I generally head to UncommonGoods the moment I start my "awesome gifts on the internet" search. This year, just in time to get your holiday shop on, UncommonGoods has joined forces with me as one of our sponsors! So I get to gush about some of the unique gifts that cut just about melt your face with all the awesome…

How can I have a great big long-distance holiday?

We're a young military family that anticipates a move soon, so we won't be going home to visit family this Christmas. This isn't the first time (nor will it be the last), but this year is different… It's going to be our daughter's first Christmas, and we very much want to include our parents. I need some advice about how to have a great big long-distance holiday! Any suggestions would be much appreciated, especially from anyone who's done this before.

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How do you meet career demands while still staying true to yourself?

I am a young (woman) musician embarking on a career in music performance. So much of the job, particularly for women, involves looking sexy. I am also an introverted person who is dealing with quite a bit of social and career anxiety (making me even less inclined to "put on a show"). Those of you in similar positions, how do you conform to the industry expectations of how you should look and act without making yourself uncomfortable?

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Are poly and sex-positive people really "obsessed with sex"?

Many (if not most of us) who are polyamorous, swinger, or in any kind of open relationships, have been told we are "obsessed with sex." But are we really? Okay, sure… there are absolutely people out there who would be obsessed with sex. They even have therapy sessions, which for anyone truly obsessed with sex — that is a wonderful thing. But many of us are not dictionary-definition obsessed with sexual pleasures. We're simply open — open-minded, open sexually, and sexually positive. Is that really a bad thing? Apparently to some people, yes, yes it is.