• Self-Analysis: a Brief Exercise in Understanding Yourself

    More than an article, I want this to work as an exercise for whoever needs it. My goal by the end of this is to help you understand a little more about what makes you unhappy in your romantic relationships and why the behavior that causes that exists in the ...
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    USING HUMOR AS A WEAPON

    The following is a true story. In order to maintain their anonymity, I’ve changed the names and identifying details of everyone in this story except for my own. Everything else is told exactly as it occurred. I was nineteen when I first used humor as a weapon. Four of my ...
  • NO SUCH THING AS BAD DAYS

    We often like to label them this way, but the truth is, there’s no such thing as a bad day. Generally speaking, we label days “bad” for two reasons: something happens that we would have rather not happen, and/or because we tie our identities to the success or failure of ...
  • 3 EASY FIXES TO HELP YOU SLEEP BETTER

    You wouldn’t know it just by looking at the way life is set up, but getting enough sleep is the most important thing you can do to improve your overall health. This means at least eight hours every single day.   Before college, I had to wake up at six ...
  • HOW I KNEW I WANTED TO BE A WRITER

    My whole life, I’ve been afraid of trying new things. Often I would choose to be alone at a birthday party instead of fighting my fear of heights to participate in the activities and other times, I skipped meals because however good the food in front of me might be, ...
  • HOW I CUT BACK ON MY ADDICTIONS (AND HOW YOU CAN TOO)

    Take a second right now to consider any and every addiction you may have. Maybe you find yourself addicted to work, overworking even in your off-hours. Perhaps you cannot go a day without plugging your music into your ears. Do you find yourself binge eating or eating really unhealthy meals ...
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    CODEPENDENCY: A LOVE STORY

    It’s really a beautiful moment when you find yourself at such a vulnerable point in life that you truly believe there’s no going back, and that all you have left is what’s right in front of you. I can’t really place the moment when it all began for me, nor ...
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    WHY I STOPPED TRYING TO CHEAT MY WAY THROUGH LIFE

    A lot of students don’t realize this, but being a cheater in high school can result in consequences other than getting suspended or expelled, and although those two should be bad enough to keep you from doing it, they shouldn’t be the primary reasons. My entire high school career, I ...
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    Nicholas Gomez

    Nicholas was born in Escondido, California, grew up in Cancun, Mexico, and currently resides in Austin, Texas. He is the youngest of three siblings, son to a Spanish teacher and a professional scuba diver/underwater photographer. At the age of thirteen, he started writing fiction and nonfiction stories based in large ...