With so many rumors constantly swirling around about Beyoncé, her upcoming HBO documentary, “Life is but a Dream” promises to be a huge hit with her stans, fans, and haters alike. According to USA Today, this documentary goes into a lot more detail about the usually private entertainer than we ordinarily get to see. Two of the issues she discusses in the documentary are her miscarriage two years ago and the surrogate rumors going around about her. According to the USA Today article:
“Most notably: She opens up about her miscarriage two years ago, saying that one week she heard a heartbeat – and the next, nothing. And she talks about how devastating the loss was to her and how she retreated to the studio to deal with it. Read the rest of this entry
Ok. So maybe the title of this article might seem contradictory at first, but hear me out. We are increasingly living more and more of our lives online, sharing our most and least significant life events with hundreds of our closest friends through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thanks to social networking, I now know that my ex-boyfriend from 8th grade had leftover pizza and Guinness for breakfast this mornining, that my friend’s ex’s babymama’s sister just broke up with her boyfriend… again, and that my coworker just got her first Brazillian wax and now she’s “sooooo smooth”. Back in the day, we used to call this TMI (Too Much Information), but now the online community has dubbed a new term for this sort of exibitionism; “oversharing”
I think I just broke a world record and a toilet bowl at the same time.
And directly proportional to the increase in the amount of oversharing on the web is the increase in the number of people complaining about people oversharing on the web. You know, the self-appointed “oversharing police” who’s duty it is to shake their internet finger at anyone who airs more than the acceptable threshold of dirty laundry on the internet? You’ll know the sharing police when you see them. They often say things like “I can’t believe she’s putting all her business out there like that” or “She should be ashamed” but try as they might, they just can’t seem to find the “unfollow” button. Read the rest of this entry
For the past six months or so, I’ve been an active part of the Pinterest community. I’ve found it to be a wonderful place full of DIY projects, outfit ideas, domestic tips and tricks, and yummy recipes. I mean, where else can you get weight loss tips and an Oreo buttercream cupcake recipe on the same site? Pure genius!! In my relatively short time on the site, I have amassed an array of boards that cover just about every topic you could think of, but lately I’ve been giving one of my boards the serious side-eye. …my Fitspo board.
For those of you who don’t know, “Fitspo” is short for Fitness Inspiration. It’s where people (mostly women and girls) repin, Instagram, or post pictures of beautifully chiselled, youthful, cellulite-free female bodies in minimal clothing as inspiration for exercise and healthy eating. Many of these images have inspirational quotes on them and come from fitness ads for athletic apparel companies. Not quite as controversial as it’s Thinspo predecessor, the Fitspo craze has been making more and more of a presence on the online photo-sharing community. A quick google search will yield over a million results for the term, ranging from sweaty women in sports bras running up a mountain or working out in the gym, to pictures of super-skinny models with phrases like “would you rather eat that bag of chips or look like this?”
These photos of scantily clad, rock-hard bodies are supposed to inspire me to work out and eat right. They’re supposed to motivate me to be a healthier person, but more and more lately, I’ve been feeling like they’ve pretty much just replaced music videos and Calvin Klein ads as the newest unattainable body image I’m supposed to aspire to. Read the rest of this entry
“Don’t follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.”
I recently came across a blog written by a twice-divorced single father giving advice on lessons learned from his two failed marriages. In it, he brought up several examples of ways he “blew his marriage” and what he would have done differently if he had a do-over. It was a very heartwarming read, believe it or not. In his blog he acknowledges that he is in no position to give marriage advice, only “how not blow it” advice.
While he seems well aware of his strengths and weaknesses in the relationship department, many people I’ve encountered in my lifetime are not. People with the most jacked up love lives are often the first ones to tell you what you should do in your relationship. People who habitually find themselves in abusive, dishonest, or unsuccessful relationships still offer up their advice like it’s the key to your happiness. Are they delusional about their own situations or do they just want to pull you down with them?
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