25 Things Every Woman Should Have By The Time She Turns 25

Thought Catalog

1. Enough confidence to no longer feel the need to justify what she eats, who she dates or what she wears, not only to other people, but to herself. 

2. The goal of a bank account with a few months’ living expenses in it, if she doesn’t have that already. Just in case.

3. Only the phone numbers, Facebook friends, weekend plans, and roommates she actually wants.

4. A best friend who is like a sister.

5. A space of her own.

6. A good idea of what she needs in a romantic relationship, not just what she wants, or what she thinks she needs, and the willingness to explore different people and other ideas to find what exactly that is.

7. A closet of what she considers to be her “staples,” and among these things, something to wear to an interview, funeral, wedding, impromptu Friday night drink at a casual bar…

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They Said This Would Be Fun………They Lied

So I am in the last stretch of my senior year of college and I am always sad. Even when I’m happy, it’s temporary. I am always in a state of melancholy, like the wrong phrasing of words could make me cry at any moment. I read somewhere that college causes stress-induced anxiety. It’s like something is always wrong. Nothing is ever settled. I never get a chance to breathe without worrying about something. I have worked extremely hard these past few years. I studied abroad at a world-renowned university. I did everything right and yet I have faced obstacle after obstacle. I. did. everything. right. Do you know what that means? I was the “good girl”. I went to school, did my homework, stayed out of trouble, didn’t get pregnant, went to a top school, studied abroad, had an internship while I was abroad, but it doesn’t feel like enough. I do not feel like I am enough. I don’t have a job. A job offer. A job interview. A job prospect. I have nothing. Was my $100,000 student loan debt worth it? I don’t know. I’m in this gray place right now. There is clear happiness in my life and I have a lot to be grateful for. However I am emotionally fragile, like I just want to be wrapped in my mother’s arm right now.