Unpopular Opinion: Tough Love is as Important as Self-Love

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Of all the types of love that exist out there in the world, it’s relatively easy to argue in favor of self-love.

Who wouldn’t relish spending a night in, soaking in a tub awash with lavender salts, decadent bubbles, and a bath bomb or two, all while enjoying a couple glasses of wine (or the whole bottle) all in the name of loving thyself. Or maybe your self-love practice is a little less “self-care,” and a little more like starting off each morning listing all the things you dig about yourself, or bidding farewell the things that no longer serve you.

But alas, that’s not why we’re here today.

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Lesson Learned: Stop Waiting to Pop the Champagne

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It all started with a rather fancy bottle of Veuve, gifted from a close friend to me on my 24th birthday. It was a very generous gift for a very ordinary occasion — one that I would not feel as cool about presenting given the same opportunity (especially at that age, but even now at 26, tbh).

Because of its relatively hefty price tag and its top-shelf quality (plus the fact that I’m not really a “champagne on its own” kind of gal — I’m privier to buying a $10 bottle of Korbel to add to my OJ for a shoddy booze-fueled brunch), I promised myself I would only pop its cork on an occasion worth celebrating. Which, at the time, included getting some type of a promotion or securing a new/better job, or finally finding a way out of California and into the ever-cool city of Austin, Texas.

Spoiler alert: I never got around to popping that bottle of Veuve.

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A Happy Vermont 4th of July

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I’d like to say that I’m finally getting around to writing this because it is, quite literally, the 4th of July, but saying so just wouldn’t be truthful. I’m writing it because a dear friend of mine (again) quite literally brings up the subject of this post almost every. single. time that we hop on the phone to catch up.

“When are you going to write about Vermont?”

“Can’t think of anything to write? How about Vermont?”

“That Vermont post is long overdue.”

I heard ya, girlfriend (just a year and some late). Corinne, this one’s for you!

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