Did you know that The National Sexual Violence Resource Center estimates nearly 1 in 5 women in the United States have experienced an attempted rape or assault? That statistic is so not O.K. Oh, and approximately 7 out of 10 victims actually know their assailants, which means it's never a bad time to learn self-defense moves to practice at home, in case you're ever in one of these situations.
Happiness. That elusive, sunny disposition we all crave. That end-game we envision without a realistic route of getting there. That "thing" most people say they want out of life. "As long as I'm happy..." they say, honestly admitting that hopes and dreams only amount to one emotion making it all worth it. Most of us have noticed by now that happiness is not as easy to come by as it seems. In fact, each year, about 6.7 percent of the American population ages 18 and over suffer from major depression. And that's only looking at those who are diagnosed.
We might be in the middle of winter, but that doesn't mean you have to keep hibernating in a sad house. Heading into February, it's important to start thinking about how you can get into the spring spirit when the sun begins to come out from hiding. Since spring is the best season of the year (boy bai, fall.), it's time to start acting like we're excited. Because we are. I am. You are. We are all stoked for spring. Now, check out the first "Lyss Loves" article, where I'm sharing my picks as they relate to what's hot in home decor. Consider me your cool but approachable industry insider that's just tryin' to help a sista out. I got'chu, gurl.
Maybe you're due for a fashion overhaul or you're simply curious how others see your style. Take this personal style quiz to see where you land in the world of style. Who knows, maybe you'll even surprise yourself with the outcome! Fashion is a way of saying who you are without having to speak... so, who are you?
Before you run away screaming at the sight of the word "poetry," let me tell you that this post will apply to you. No matter if you're a writer, a poet, a photographer, a blogger, an engineer, a teacher, or anything in between, this post is for you. That's why I included all of us in the title. OK, now that I've calmed you down, let's see what this maniac (me. I'm talking in third-person) has to say about... gulp... poetry.
For many of us millennials, the holidays are a time when we take off from work, pack up, and visit our parents' houses. Our parents' homes are usually our childhood homes, nestled right in that memory-filled neighborhood you grew up in. Going home for the holidays is much more than a simple seasonal trek. It is akin to preparing for war. You have to learn how to survive your hometown during the holidays in order to make it out alive. And, luckily for you, I'm a pro at it.