I’m 24. My yearly To-Do list.

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So I recently turned 24. That puts me in my mid twenties, and I’m not going to lie, I feel no different. In general, I enjoy life, but I’m not getting as much out of it as I would like. Like most 20-somethings, I’m going to try to organize my life. Right here. Right now. And this is my public declaration. You’ll all be keeping me to these things without doing a thing, so thanks!

Finish a book a month. Go through 12 classics I’ve never read, but should. Moby Dick, Catcher in the Rye, Great Gatsby, and others are potentials. Write about it.

Start doing push-ups in the morning before showering. Start for 25, and up this number when possible. See where you can be by the end of the year.

Stop hitting the snooze button. It is lost time in life. Enjoy the snooze button on lazy Sundays.

Learn people’s names more often. Also, try to awkwardmomentask  these new people more questions about their own lives.

Start wearing nice shoes to work. To start, buy nice shoes. Re-work the whole wardrobe I suppose. My fashion sense is quite eccentric in my clothing choices, and often I get odd things that I should have been convinced to avoid, so find a shopping buddy.

Get brunch with a friend at least once a month. Your mother can count as a friend. I got this one checked off early this month with birthday brunch.

Eat a salad once a week. Try to do it more, but no less than once a week. Some of you may scoff at me having just one salad on the list, but I’m working on it.

Listen to a new album of music each week. Write about it.

Get to know a bartender. Their name. Where they are from. What they like to drink. Always tip well.

Get at least one picture taken a month, with someone. Look good. At least try to look good.

Call family more often. Everyone says they won’t be around forever and to get to know your parents now, especially. I’m going to work on calling them more often.

Plan a Budget. Stick to it. Once a month. Do it.

Twelve things. That might be too much to tackle as a 24-year-old. But I’m going to try.

(Also, after publishing this, I noticed it was my 24th official post… I like the irony).

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Be a Constant Complimenter

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If I can give you one piece of advice on how to be happy, it’s this: Compliment other people.  In my experience, it really is that simple. I’m not saying go out and just spew catcalls at everyone walking down the street.  I’m talking about well-placed and simple compliments.

Every compliment you give should be sincere. I’ve been told I’m quite genuine, and I think that can partly be explained by my constant complimenting.  If you notice something that you like, open your mouth and let the other person know.  It is always a lovely surprise when someone says, “I like those shoes, they’re so unique!” Be that person.

So, you’re not the kind of person who opens your mouth without good reason? Start slow. Try to just compliment one coworker or classmate each day on something in their attire; shoes work really well, or hairstyle changes, or trinkets like rings, necklaces or other jewelry. The key is, be sincere about your compliment.

When you deliver the compliment, look the person in the eyes, smile and keep it brief. Two sentences and a big smile will do. You can then carry on with your activity. In general, I try to mention to multiple people a day that I like something they’re wearing. Why? Because they chose it. It’s not their body, but their personal choices in style and flair. People are much more appreciative of a “I love your scarf, where did you get it?” than a “day-umm girl, the back of your head is ridiculous!”

I am a sucker for female footwear. I don’t know or care about the names of a single product, but rather if and how you pull it off. Boots of any kind are a win. High boots that lace up all the way in the front are particularly sexy. Why? Because whoever is wearing them took the time to lace up boots. Her boots likely finish the outfit, tying up her pull-together look.

On that same line, take time to compliment anyone on something you know they took time working on. Your friend made a shirt from Pinterest and it’s really cute? Make sure to compliment it in front of some other people, mentioning the Pinterest bit so your roommate doesn’t have to. She’ll be really excited about it, and you’ll get the high of her happiness.
“Compliments work well in everyday social interaction, but I’ve also found that if you’re out at the bars downtown a legitimate compliment goes a long way to pique their interest in you,” said BraksOnBraks via Chelsea Fagan’s “21 Men On The One Secret Every Man Should Know.” He continues along the same lines as my reasons.

By complimenting someone sincerely at the bar, you’re picking someone with at least one common characteristic. This gives you more than just a pretty face. Additionally, when you compliment a variety of people on their cute accessories, you can find who might have interest by observing body language post compliment. If they look your way a couple times shortly after your compliment, you’re probably okay to give it a go.

But more than hooking up, complimenting others makes them happy. And in my opinion, being with happy people always brings your mood up. So, make someone’s day today.

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Dates for 20-Somethings Under $20

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I am a bit of a hopeless romantic. I love chick flicks, 18333-The-Best-Things-In-Life...although I’m not a Nicholas Sparks fan… maybe it’s the trauma in all of them. However, my favorite part of a RomCom is when the leading lady’s face shines bright with the sudden surprise of a fabulous date. I know that sometimes it is a fancy dinner, but I really love the little things, the thrifty things, the thoughtful things.

So, with that carefree, upbeat, and dollar-savvy attitude in mind, here are some of my favorite dating activities, either for a first date, a fifth date, or a random afternoon with your new hubby.

I love to cook and bake, and I’m also a Pinterest nut. Combine these things and you can get a pretty sweet date. Pick out a favorite recipe, travel to the store together, and then fail miserably in trying to recreate something obnoxious. Flour fights are definitely encouraged.

If you have a local volunteer program, consider bringing your new fling. It is awesome to be giving back to the world, and you’ll both leave feeling great. Plus, winking at each other when crossing paths really makes the butterflies fly up.

Dates with Paint. I don’t know why, but I like paint-involved dating. It brings out the kid in most people. And I’m basically a 12-year-old in a 24-year-old body. Anyway, dates with paint are fantastic.

Messy Twister ~ Simple game … but very fun. Take a twister board, and pour paint onto each circle (match the colors). Then, compete as usual. This one gets messy, but you’ll both be laughing, and the clean-up can be just as fun.

Paint-Gun Fights ~ Fill up a variety of dollar store squirt guns with all sorts of colors. If you’re planning this, grab two cheap white Ts and some shaped stickers. After the fight, you will have a cool, unique shirt to remember the adventure. (Fill up balloons with paint to use as grenades in your battle!)

Go to one of your favorite book stores. Bring a notepad and some writing utensils (I prefer colored sharpies) and start collecting all your favorite books. You get to see what your partner is a fan of, and then together, you can write some short notes to future readers.

Take a pair of rainboots. Walk around the city under an umbrella with your Boo and map out the daily activities of the invisible man in the rain. I actually did this one in college and we had a blast. The girl had a polaroid camera, and it was awesome for chronicling the day!

(From my friend John) Go over to a friend’s apartment, and subtlety turn things upside down. When one of you gets caught, shout something like, “the Russians thought that they could get away with it!” and then bolt. Repeat at another friend’s place.

Go to Walmart. Each of you should find three items that describe your personality. Hide them somewhere else and re-meet. Share clues about the hiding spot, and then it’s go time. Basically, it’s a Walmart personality scavenger hunt.

Wear your finest clothes. Drive to the nearest car dealership, and test-drive some beastly vehicles under the impression of your recent promotion, wink wink.

If you’re from the city, grab a blanket (or several) a throw pillow or two, a bottle of wine (again, or several), and hop in your car. Drive out of the city really late, and find a random spot in a field. You really get to know someone when you’re staring up at the endless space above your heads.

If your city has a zoo, there are often discount/free days. Take advantage and wander around looking at the fantastic beasts, and read all about where to find them.

Remember that kite you bought four years ago? Pack that baby and a couple snacks and a blanket and find yourselves a park. Spend time trying to keep your kite floating, but also enjoy the blue skies with a bit of cloud watching.

And if all else fails, just take her/him by the hand and go for a walk. You talk. You laugh. You stop at a hotdog stand. It’s simple and easy, and honestly, isn’t it all about the time together, and the smiles of surprise.

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Social Media Etiquette After A Break-Up

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“I want to punch him in the fucking face!” you’re screaming, as you angrily turn the keys in your car. You fume the whole drive, hate singing along to Taylor Swift’s Mean and gorging on a bag of Funyuns that has been sitting in your backseat for two weeks. The stale crunch clashes with Taylor’s spirited solo, and you slam both hands on your steering wheel in rage.

You get home, throw open your car door, and rush into the house. You stomp past your mother who just stares after you, mouth slightly open, a look of empathy mixed with annoyance on her face.

You slam your bedroom door, and dive for your computer. Your first instinct is to tear him apart on Twitter and Facebook, and your fingers fly over the keyboard, typing up an awesomely spiteful status update about that time he accidentally hit himself in the face with his own hot, masturbatory load.

Just before you hit send, you pause. social-networks-V2

Don’t worry. You’re not alone. In this digital age, people are very quick to take to Social Media to express their feelings.

But in the case of relationships, do not do it. Seriously, just don’t do it.

Instead, practice some social media break-up etiquette. Now, every break-up is different, so not all of these rules will apply to any one relationship. They are more like guidelines for a happier social media life. So, heed the warnings!

1. Do NOT rant about your Ex on Facebook. Everyone wants to do this. It has become almost an instinctive reaction to either good or bad news. The whole Facebook world needs to know about it, right? Wrong. Please, keep that shit to yourself.

2. Instead, post an upbeat status about where life can go from here. People want to hear about the good things, and posting a positive status will rally your friends around you, and might lead to a random evening of drunken shenanigans featuring new, hot humans.

3. However, do NOT post that status that is clearly about your Ex, but to most friends, it is so vague that we know you’re just imploring for someone to ask what’s wrong. Need an example?

“Why do awful things happen to me, when all I do is try to be a loving person?!?”

You look like you’re just begging for attention, and honestly, it bugs your friends. Instead you want to throw out a fun status that shows you are capable of living without your Ex.

4. Yes, feel free to delete your Ex, unfollow him, and basically eliminate him from your social network. It’s your personal network, and if you don’t want to see him/him to see you, by all means, get rid of him.

However, I would advise against blocking the Ex, (unless necessary). If you might have a chance of being friends, being a super closed off drama queen is surely the way to get deleted. I know not everyone wants to be friends with an Ex, but he/she was very close to you for a reason. By not blocking, you leave the option for friendship open.

Also, if your privacy settings are as tight as they should be, deleting him should do the trick. Lesson here? Delete. Don’t Block.

5. In the same breath, if you are Facebook friends with a lot of his family or friends, feel free to slowly wean them off your friend list. Yes, you can delete all in one fell swoop, but this is one of those things where it isn’t going to hurt you to wait a month, but might cause some strife if you go on a deleting binge.

That being said, you’re also more than welcome to remain friends with people you met through your Ex. If it was a friend of his, that you are now friends with, feel free to maintain that new relationship.

6. Do NOT post explicit photos of your Ex. If you were dating long enough, it’s likely that you both have some dirt on the other, especially in the way of pictures. Save them. In five years, you’ll laugh at your past self. But if you post them, you’re asking for a war. And no one wins there.

7. Avoid the urge to stalk your Ex at 2 AM. I know this one is really difficult. But when you accidentally hit like on a status when you’re back in 2010, you’re going to hate yourself.

And trust me; you don’t want to see the other pretty girls who have been waiting for him to be single who are now commenting on all his statuses and pictures. It’s better getting a clean break, and just avoiding his pages in general.

8. If you start dating someone else right away, try to keep it off Facebook. You don’t want to cause unnecessary drama (or maybe you do), and posting about your new boy is definitely going to bite you in the ass. I know that you really want to tag him with your cute brunch picture. It’s okay, the world will survive without knowing you went out with a new Mr. Steamy. That’s how it used to be. And this is actually a good segue for “Social Media Etiquette at the Beginning of a Relationship,” to come in future weeks.

9. Finally, when in doubt, do NOT post anything when you’re upset, angry or sad. I’m talking anything. It could be liking a status, tweeting something snarky, or just writing “I Miss You” on his wall. Don’t do it! None of these are things that you’re going to look back on in 24 hours and think, oh yeah, that was smart.

Break ups suck. It’s a fact of life. But Love is great, and people will continue to search for it. Just remember, along the path to finding that right guy, you’ll have some stumbles.

So, just make sure your social media self doesn’t create more issues and drama than your real life.

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24 Small Wins In Life

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There is nothing quite like a mini win to brighten up your day. It could be a nice warm cup of Starbucks coffee or seeing your crush when you’re actually looking good. But the little things are usually the best ones.

Here are 24 small wins that just make life better!

1. Singing in your car alone. Everyone loves to turn up the radio, and belt out their favorite music, and there isn’t an environment better suited for a solo than your front seat (well, maybe the shower).

2. Opening the door to a happy and expectant animal companion. It is such a warm feeling to have the chance to pet a pooch that has been waiting for you all day long! His excitement picks you up even after the longest day! And it’s even been proven that petting a dog has great therapeutic side effects!

3. Seeing the look on someone’s face when you give them a really personalized present. It might have cost you zero dollars to acquire, but having that perfect little gift makes someone light up. I love the feeling of creating such joy.

4. Saying something with someone at the exact same time, especially if it is super odd, like “here come the worms” as you’re both standing on the balcony during a rainstorm.

5. Binging on Netflix. It is such a relaxing way to spend a day, recharging the batteries for the upcoming week. This one is particularly great for a rainy day.

6. Waking up to a heart-warming text message from a friend or significant other. Most times, having that morning boost gives you the energy to tackle the day!

7. A good, long hug when you’re stressed and on the brink of an emotional collapse. The warming, soothing feeling of someone’s arms around you just has a way of turning a day around.

8. Seeing a shooting star when you’re driving at night. It’s awesome to be surprised by a blazing streak of light in the sky. Plus, you get a free wish, and that’s just cool.

9. Spouting off a really witty retort when your nemesis comments on your questionable choice, and seeing them sputter without an answer. It’s great to win a mental battle here and there, and there’s nothing like silencing your buddy with your witticisms.

10. Finding that $20 you put in your winter coat in the Spring. It’s fall and for the first time you’ve busted out your winter jacket. You check the pockets, and there is a 20 with a note saying, “Hey future Jackson, enjoy a round of drinks on me. Past Jackson.”

11. Getting an actual letter in the mail from someone. It’s all bills and emails and social media these days. Who can not jump up and down when they receive that letter from a real human!

12. Not being able to find a single thing on TV and then stumbling on to a Harry Potter marathon on ABC Family. Bonus points if you catch a movie right at the beginning!

13. The cold deliciousness that is a cup of water the morning after a night on the town.

14. The moment when you climb into bed the day of doing laundry. It has clean sheets, a fresh smell, and the bed is made up so nice and tight that you can’t help but feel like a little kid again!

15. Catching the lights on your way through the city. There is nothing worse than sitting at red lights on the way home from work. There is also nothing better than catching them all.

16. Speaking of vehicular wins, it’s the best when you’re trying to find a parking spot, and you can pull through the pair of lanes. Now you don’t have to back out, and the mini win is sure to cause a jumping heel click.

17. That moment when a random stranger compliments you on something in your attire. It’s so gratifying to receive this type, because it’s genuine, surprising, and flattering! Talk about a day brightener.

18. The moment you start to pee when you’ve been holding it for hours. I don’t know if this applies for girls, but there are times when I need to urinate where the ten seconds I’m trying to get my belt and zipper undone seem like an hour. But the feeling when you unleash the whiz falls short of only the orgasm and sneeze on best bodily functions list.

19. I don’t know about you, but when someone says to me, “You just made my day,” I get that same feeling. It makes my day to make someone else happier.

20. Opening the refrigerator and actually seeing something you want to eat. Instead of just a meaningless, monotonous display of the things no one wants to consume, you’re lucky enough to find half a chocolate cake on the first shelf with a note from your roommate saying, enjoy!

21. Being the first person in line when a new cashier comes up and saving ten minutes on your shopping run. This is especially awesome when the person in front of you has about $300 in groceries and you’re just getting two loaves of bread and a gallon of milk.

22. Putting on a pair of sweatpants that just came out of the dryer. It is like sliding into a warm cloud of awesome, especially on that dreary Saturday afternoon.

23. Waking up in the morning, turning over, and seeing that you still have an hour before your alarm clock is going to go off. I can’t describe the joy that is an extra hour of sleep!

24. Bacon.

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Roommate Rules

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So you are about to move in with some new roommates. The three of you are best friends and you have been hanging out all the time! However, you’ve never lived together and you’re about to move in.

Get ready, because even the best of friends can turn into the devil’s spawn when you share close quarters. Here are some general guidelines that you should follow!

1. Everyone loves a long and warm shower. But timing is everything. No, you shouldn’t stand under the water for every drop of hot water at 830 on a weekday. There are others in the house. Take that long shower on a drizzly Saturday morning instead!

2. If you use the last of a toilet paper roll, refill it. The next time your roomie sits down and goes to wipe their keister after a full-splatter explosion that was a Chipotle burrito the night before, she’s going to want some TP.

3. If you make something that uses more than 2 pans, you must do the dishes. I know that everyone is in a hurry these days, but if you had the time to cook on more than 2 devices, you’ve got the time to wash your dishes.

4. If you need some of the following items (milk, butter, cheese, eggs, bread, baking supplies, etc) feel free to borrow it. Just know that you should replace it with your own, and know that yours might be gone in the future.

5. If you have a Brita filter, and you pour yourself a glass of water, add more water to the pitcher. There is nothing worse than a freaking pitcher with half a cup of water sitting in the fridge. The same thing goes for Ice Trays.

6. Have a really open conversation about cleaning in the first week. Make a list of the tasks you all think need to be accomplished, and make a list of weekly tasks. I know I mentioned it above, but finding a good “Dishes” schedule is crucial.

7. Rotate taking out the trash. It’s so easy to just cycle through roommates on this one. Don’t let garbage cause a rift amongst you.

8. When my bedroom door is closed, that means I am in my own space. By all means, knock if it’s important. But if I want to talk, I’ll leave it cracked open. Yes, I might just be binging on Pinterest, but I also might have my pants around my ankles while throwing darts at a picture of my ex on the wall.

9. If you want to have one friend crash on the couch, you can alert your roomies the day of. If it’s more than 1 person, you gotta give some warning, preferably more than a couple of days.

10. Be understanding in sexual circumstances. One of your roommate’s is getting lucky? Put in the headphones and ignore those moans. You know you’ll appreciate it when you’re the one between the sheets.

11. If you have a boyfriend, and he sleeps over at our place, he needs to leave the facilities on a regular basis. No one signs up to live with their roommate’s significant other. If he is lounging on the only community couch all day, your roomies might be put off.

While this list just scratches at the surface of the intricacies of a roommate relationship, they are great things to keep in mind. Let me know if you have any other examples of rules you like, and I’ll try to get them on the list!

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Sorry I’m Late. I’ll be there in 15.

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Everyone is late. Everyone needs to cancel. Here are some quick texting excuses to use next time you are in a bind, and need a little extra time.

> I’m held up at the grocery store. They are training this hot cashier, so I’m stuck in a slow line. I’ll be there in 15.

> Yo, I just stopped and helped this dude jump his car. Karma points for me today! I’ll be there in 15.

> I had to slam on my breaks to avoid this idiot on a bike, and my coffee spilled on me. Gotta zip home quick. I’ll be there in 15.

> There is an elephant in the middle of the road. I’ll be there in 15.elephant

> I dropped my phone in the toilet and had to dry the crap out of it. Gotta buy some rice. I’ll be there in 15.

> Dude, the traffic is insane. There is a stoppage at the corner of random ave and no chance blvd. I’ll be there in 15.

> My mom just called, and I had to talk about life things. I don’t know what’s going on in my life, how do I get that across to her? Oh well. End of rant. I’ll be there in 15.

> Finally. Stupid bus driver had to stop at McDonalds. It’s like, come on, you’re overweight already. Anywho, I’ll be there in 15.

> The line at Starbucks is so freeaaaking long! Seriously, does this dude really need to get his whole office lattes? Kiss ass much?! I’ll be there in 15.

> Yo, I am stuck behind this train. It’s at 89 cars already and I can’t see the end. I’ll be there in 15.

> Holy crap. I just saw this dude get hit by a car on his bike by this Asian chick. Then the chick drove off. I gotta stay and talk to the police. I’ll be there in 15.

> I am dropping my roommate off at work because her bike tire is flat. I’ll be there in 15.

> (If rainy) Over by my place, there was a break in the clouds and a sweet rainbow. Sorry, I’ll be there in 15.

> I got sucked in to the live version of Freebird at the Atlanta concert in 82. You gotta hear it. I’ll be there in 15.

> Some dude just walked in and yelled Free Pizza! I’ll be there in 15.

> (For Girls) I was out of the shower and the power went off with my wet hair. I’ll be there in 15.

> (Meeting someone after work) My boss called me into his office to chat about my recent performance. Another reason to have that drink. I’ll be there in 15.

> I can not find a place to park! This city is obnoxious. I’m circling around again. I’ll be there in 15.

> To keep this brief, my two roommates just ate Cocoa Puffs with expired milk. The projectile vomiting was a sight to behold. I’ll be there in 15.

> You just missed the red bull girls! So smoking, and I got her number. You could’ve chatted up the friend! Missing out. Anyway, I’ll be there in 15.

> Sorry, but the funeral scene for Aragog was on ABC Family, and I had to stay to watch Radcliffe do the pincers thing. I’ll be there in 15.

> Sorry I’m late but there was this mama duck and her baby ducks, and they were crossing the street, and I just had to snapchat that shit. I’ll be there in 15.

Now, not all of these will work for you, but in a bind, I’m sure one of these bad boys could get you through without hurting the feelings of that waiting friend!

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Your Favorite Smell… and What it Says about You

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So everyone has that smell where their body kind of pauses and thenbacon rises up a bit, soaking in the delicious aroma. It could be the tangy burst of a freshly cut lemon. It might be the crisp scent of fall air and football on a Saturday morning in October. You might favor the promise of hot-out-of-the-oven cookies. Whatever your nose desires, it’s a great moment when you catch a whiff.

Now, if I personally brewed up a batch of Amortentia, I, like Hermione, would smell Freshly Mown Grass. However, my other favorites include School Bus Exhaust and the smell of Autumn. Each of these things shows a bit about my character and personality.

So, what do your favorite smells really say about you?

Freshly Mown Grass

You are likely an outdoorsy person. You’re likely to be a go-getter, someone who has a strong drive for activities, but also has that free hippie-ish vibe. You value hard work and you really value people who put in a good effort all the time. Quite possibly you’re a Hufflepuff.

A Really Fancy Cologne or Perfume

You’re a bit materialistic, but that’s okay. You like money. You like things. Everyone has a materialistic thing at times, but we keep it in check. However, if you love yourself a fancy cologne, you probably are also drawn to a suit and a fat wallet. I’m not going to lie, it’s quite a Slytherin preference.

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This smell brings out the mom/dad in a lot of us. It’s a smell that takes you back to the school yard and all the buses lined up and waiting. It shows off you appreciation of education, and how it can really make the country grow. You probably care about teaching people, and you want to educate anyone about anything. You are probably a bit of a know-it-all. You might be Hermione.

Charcoal

It’s a smell of energy and excitement. You’re probably a big extrovert and like to be out with people in fun places. You probably enjoy sports, not guaranteed, but probably. You’re probably going to get along with people that are genuinely nice to you. You’re trusting. Charcoal is definitely a Gryffindor smell.

Ocean Breeze

You’re a dreamer. You like to escape away to the best of times. Constantly a glass-half-full person, you’re also everyone’s go to for a pick me up. You’ll never let people on the outside see your sadness. You also probably love to be cooked for.

Rain

The aroma of the dirt when rain first starts is so fresh and clean. It brings about it a new face of innocence. You’re likely appreciative of the rain smell most when you need to wash away a recent mistake. You likely enjoy nature and quite possibly practice yoga or tai-chi. You likely have a vivid memory, and really enjoyed playing games outdoors with the neighbor kids growing up.

Bath & Body Works

You have a lot of individual flair and style, but you still like to operate within the comfortable norms of society. You’re not likely to be too out-there on anything, but you’re quick and witty enough to bring personality to commonalities. You thrive in groups because you can both follow directional cues and take charge, depending on the situation.

Hazelnut Coffee

You’re likely a high-energy person. You love your Starbucks in the morning and probably are a bit of a work-out nut. You’ll also be into fashion, constantly the envy of your friends. You bring a bit of pep and excitement with you constantly, but are likely one who needs a companion for comfort, instead of seeking reflective alone time.

The Pages of an Old Book

You walk into a bookshop and just stand there, smelling the blissful escape that is your world. You’re probably a ravenclaw. You also have a wild imagination, and likely get into a bit of trouble when you’re not nose-deep in your latest novel.

Whatever your favorite smell, my interpretations of you are probably way off. It is impossible to judge someone completely based on one characteristic. However, I tend to think that smells are a key indicator of personality. And I’d love to know what makes you stop, whether to smell the roses or just to enjoy the fluttering smell of the bakery down the street.

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10 Things I Love About Women (pt. I)

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So men out there love a lot of different things about women. There are your typical men who love a nice set of hooters or a little junk in the trunk. But this list is more of a featurette of less commonly spotted, yet completely sexy characteristics about girls/women that I, the Space Cowboy, find to be devastatingly attractive.

This is also going to be a growing piece, with only 10 new ideas at a time. When I’ve got 10 new ones, each new set will be published! So, without any more bustling chit-chat, here we go!

1. I love the way you ladies run across the street in heels when the walk sign is blinking. It’s like a half-run, half-walk clippity clop that just makes you look hilariously adorable.

2. Not all of them are sexy, but a girl with a slightly raspy voice just gets my blood pumping.

3. A girl who rocks a baseball cap and a pony-tail. It’s such a simple look, but topped off with a brewers jersey, and I’m sold.

4. A sporty girl. I’m a huge sports fan/avid player of activities, so someone who can keep up with me on the volleyball court gains a lot of points.

5. At the same time, I’m also a big fan of the girl who can’t play a sport to save her life, but she’s always there to support her friends and the team. It’s such an emotional appeal.

6. I love a girl who will rest her hand out the window when riding in a car and do the whole, waves in the air thing. Such a free-spirit type of action that not everyone does.

7. I love pale/porcelain skin. A girl that has that has a rocking tan is also awesome, but there is just something about that pale-ness that is just so sexy!

8. I love a girl who has normal girl fingernails. Too long and they become a sign of a tart. Too short and they lose attraction. I like them painted (matching their outfit for certain occasions, like a wedding, is a major bonus).

9. I have always been a sucker for a girl who can dance. Both serious girlfriends were on dance teams, but it’s more than just the ability. It’s that I also love to dance, and when I have someone who I dance with consistently, the chemistry grows along with my feelings.

10. I know that everyone who has read a single article of mine already knows this, but a Harry Potter nerd is always winning. I could probably talk about the books, watch the movies, or listen to the soundtracks anywhere, anytime, with anyone. The girl who wants to join, is my girl. Also, if you’re Emma Watson, it doesn’t hurt your chances.

Stay tuned in in the future for other things I find to be turn-ons, from the sundress to the smile, you’ll find them all here.

Closing Chatter.

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A Letter to that Girl

Chatter Commencing.

Hey girl. I’m sorry I was the oddest person in the world last night. I met you one time like two years ago, when you had a boyfriend, and at the time, I was all, “Dayyyummm girl, you are the perfect woman!” Anyway, I remembered your name from that one encounter, and when I bumped into you last night, I totally freaked you out by knowing who you were.

The thing is, I put you up on a pedestal 3 years ago, despite only talking to you for a couple hours. You were applying to be in the same school of journalism that I was in, and we talked about your love of sports, journalism, and communications. I was enamored by your quick wit and vast knowledge of athletics.

We chatted until bar close, but because you had a boyfriend, I decided to say my goodbye, and leave it as a random, perfect encounter. Similar to Buttercup‘s idea with the Drum-roll.

The problem was, when I saw you again last night, you were still “perfect” because we never went past the aforementioned drum-roll.

And unfortunately, albeit understandably, you didn’t remember me. I was just a dude you met at a bar while dating your long-time boyfriend. I never got your number or talked to you again in 3 years. But when I saw you last night, I experienced a rush of revertigo, remembering the conversation immediately.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that I’m sorry that I sounded like a babbling, bumbling band of baboons. And when I bump into you in three more years, I’ll try not to be such a prat.

Closing Chatter.

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