Read My Latest: 26 Love Triangles We Will Never Forget

The OC Love Triangle, Summer & SethMaybe I was just a child freak, but as a kid I wanted to be in a love triangle. Not just any love triangle — but one of those dramatic, emotionally-invested, heartbreaking ones that were always designed to make you see the person you truly love. So, yes, one straight from TV. I grew out of that stage. Like every one else I realized that what I wanted was something healthy, drama-free, safe, and, yes, real. 

But, I still get excited when I realize the main character is going to have to chose between two very different lovers.There is a reason that I cried and cried during the last few episodes of The Good Wife’s season five, that the ending of How I Met Your Mother continually infuriates me, and I re-watch seasons 1-6 of One Tree Hill whenever I am sick or hibernating from the world. The love triangle may be a predictable plot device, it may last WAY too long way too often, and it may be unrealistic, but I will never stop loving it. Here are the love triangles I will never forget.

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Read My Latest: Why We Need To Listen To Deborah Peter

492579115On April 14, 2014, over 300 girls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok, Nigeria by a group of Islamist militants called Boko Haram. Some girls escaped. An estimated 276 girls are still missing. No one knows where they are currently located.

It seems like a hopeless situation. But there are survivors of Boko Haram, one of them is Deborah Peter. We need to listen to her story, because she matters, because these lost girls matter. We do need to #BringBackOurGirls, and it takes more than a hashtag. This story doesn’t add up to much, but it’s something.

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Read My Latest: Who Are We Rooting For?

house-of-cardsHello, 2014 — the year of people trying to save the world with hashtag activism, while TV characters don’t think about the world at all. The last few seasons brought the latest iteration of the anti-hero, characters without any motivations beyond themselves. I loved the complicated, flawed characters of shows like The Godfather, 24, Sex And The City, Gossip Girl, The Sopranos, Veronica Mars, Friday Night Lights, and early seasons of Breaking Bad.

These characters were messes, but they were motivated by something more. They were protecting their families, fighting for their friends, or trying to get over their insecurities. Yet, recently their have been so many “anti-heroes” that lacked any sort of moral compass at all. And, this made me wonder what and who are we rooting for?

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Read My Latest: An Ode To Working Girl 

working-girl-mainGrowing up Working Girl was one of my favorite movies. It taught me early on lessons about working, love, breaking the rules, and reaching your dreams. In some way I never realized until writing this ode to Working Girl (for its 25th anniversary) how much of an impact it had on me. It helped me balance out my dreams of fairy princesses with dreams of carrying a suitcase and leading meetings.

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Read My Latest: Lessons From Christmas Movies

openerSo I know there are some people out there that pretend they never watch all of the cheesy holiday movies that come on this time of year. Heck, maybe I will even believe there are some people who truly don’t watch them at all. But, I am not one of those people, as this article proves.

Since there is no time like the holidays to be honest, I went through and wrote a story on what I have learned from Christmas movies (particularly the gems found on ABC Family, Hallmark and Lifetime, which yes, are the main channels I watch once the TV shows go on hiatus).

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Read My Latest: Why Shailene Woodley Will Be The Perfect Tris

opener-1Yes, I am 23 years old. And, yes, I have quite a collection of books that includes new releases, classics, texts that are banned, texts taught in every school in America, and ones that have won awards. However, my literature collection also contains a lot of Young Adult books. I am beginning to think that I will never outgrow a good YA book. And that may be OK, since it seems Hollywood won’t either.

I just finished the Divergent series this weekend. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to truly like it, but I did. I read all three books in three days. And, the ending left me crying and questioning and smiling and sorting out my thoughts in the way only a really great story can. I still am processing how I feel about a lot of it. But, what I do know is that I loved the character of Tris Prior, and I think Shailene Woodley will be great at it. Here are the top 10 reasons why.

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Hello World, You Have A New Working Girl

I moved here with dreams of finding a job that mixed my passion of journalism, the Internet, solving puzzles, creating beauty, fashion, art, and people. For a little bit I was worried that I would never find that opportunity, that my dreams would forever stay out of my reach.

So, I am beyond excited to share with everyone that as of last week I started a new job as an SEO Editor at Refinery29.com.

I am so exciting to start my journey working for a company I have loved for so long, surrounded by exciting and creative people, and to share with you all of my experiences and lessons now that I am a “working girl.” (Yes, cue the opening sequence of Working Girl with Carly Simon’s “Let The River Run” playing as we see our first glimpse of New York City. It truly is the most appropriate right now).