What Do You Want To Be? (When You Grow Up…)

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If I’d planned on growing up, I guess I’d have chosen to be something like a a nurse, a teacher, or maybe a public servant. You know, something that changes lives and really matters. But since I have an incurable Peter Pan complex, I’ve always wanted to do something in the arts. And it could [...]

The Poop Detective

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Unemployment isn’t all eating chocolate and watching Ellen in my pj’s while I wait for a job offer. It’s actually pretty damn depressing, especially dragging on as long as it has. After awhile you begin to wonder if all of your past experience is worth anything anymore. After pondering how I could really put my [...]

5 Things I’m Too Old for Now

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I’m 24 years-old now, and though that apparently makes me an adult in the eyes of everyone but the rental car industry, I sometimes forget that I’m not a teenager anymore. It happens every so often, like when my ID gets the once over at the liquor store, and I have to remind myself that [...]

MU Teen: Choose – Career or Children?

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Despite arguments here in Ireland that legalizing women’s employment after marriage (1973) has effectively malnourished domestic-o-phobic men, I was certain that the idea of women restricting themselves to the home was an outdated logic spouted by those who need the reassurance of inferiority in their marriages. These are modern times. But how many Careersy-Mothers do [...]

Worth It?

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Saturday there was a doctor at the hospital where I volunteer. At work at 6pm on a Saturday night. Looking tired, beaten down. Having a discussion with his wife on the phone. Deciding on pizza toppings. Not an argument, per se, but more thought and effort than it should have taken to decide against spinach. [...]

Keeping My Options Open

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People get their panties in a wad about a lot of things, but the thing I’m thinking about right now is the “choice” girls face: career or family. Girls I know tend to write those off not only as mutually exclusive options, but as a decision that must be made RIGHT NOW. I am, as [...]

Teachers Are Amazing

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Even though teaching is a career available for both genders to opt for, women dominate the status of being educators. Having been a teacher for a year and a half myself, I had the wonderful opportunity to get to witness the teaching process firsthand – though not behind the student’s desk; but the teacher’s. I [...]

Either/Or

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File this under “The Truth Hurts”: I could have done better for myself. I could have studied Creative Writing or Art History or any number of things that interested me. What I chose instead was safe and sure. I didn’t go at it as much as drifted toward it like it was a life saver [...]

4 Ways To Get Your Mojo Back Like A Beast

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If you’re anything like, oh, everyone else besides Martha Stewart and Mrs. Claus, then at some point over the holidays you lost your mojo. Whether you wrapped it up and gave it to charity by accident or whether it’s sitting in someone’s freezer baked into a fruitcake they’re planning on re-gifting next year, the damn [...]

4 Education Alternatives to 4-Year College

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“You have to graduate high school and then go to college; if you don’t go to college and get a 4-year degree, your life will pretty much suck FOR-EV-ER!” I’m willing to bet that your parental units and nearly every guidance counselor and teacher has told you something to that effect, right? It’s not without [...]

Turning My Youngsters into Jungsters

Back when I was in university and could think – you know before the three latchlings sucked all my brains out through my boobs – I had a special interest in female autobiographical narratives. If it hadn’t been for falling in love and deciding to start a family and the whole scary looming student loan debt [...]