Author: Alyssa Ruane

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impressive vocabulary

10 More Impressive Words To Use

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dreamer realist

Caught Between Dreams

"If you can dream it, you can do it."

That's what I was told; the grown-ups never failed to tell us to dream big, and, oh—don't worry about how you're going to reach that dream. Because you were just going to "do it." Maybe I was naive. Maybe I was easy to convince. Maybe I was just too much of a dreamer, and those words were the cherry on top of my disillusionment. Seemingly overnight, my dream world inflated into an impossible beast even more impossible to tame.
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self defense moves to practice at home

Self-Defense Moves to Practice at Home

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.
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happiness a habit

8 Things to Do to Make Happiness a Habit

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.
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hot home decor

Lyss Loves: What’s Haute in Home Decor

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.
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what you can learn from poetry

What We Can All Learn From Poetry

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.
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