What’s in a Name?

A-"double L"-Y-S-O-N, A-"double L"-Y-S-O-N, A-"double L"-Y-S-O-N. When I was young, my mother would sing the spelling of my name to me so I would know how to write it. A-"double L"-Y-S-O-N. I consider Allyson the misspelling of the name Alison, but hey, it was the '90s. Extra letters and the needless use of the letter Y were …

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Q&A #3: Strange interests? Painful Piercings? Bees? Answering Snarky Questions My Sister Asked Me

"Alexa, I need you to ask me five or six questions for a Q&A," I tell my younger sister over the phone. "Why would I do that? I know you enough. I don't need to know anymore," she said in a huffy tone. "Come on, you're super judgmental sometimes--all the time--just think of a few …

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Q&A #2 Conspiracy Theories? Travel Destinations? Bedtime Routine? Answering questions my friends asked me.

Hello friends! I thoroughly enjoy answering questions. Not only does it give me a chance to feel connected but... ya girl loves to talk about herself. I asked my dear friend to text me a list of questions and boy did she have some good ones. I'm not editing this and I'll do it in …

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Twenty-One Happy Moments in Twenty-One Years

My 21st birthday is Apr. 24, 2017. Last year for my birthday I wrote a piece titled "20 Things in 20 Years" which listed all the important (and irrelevant) things I've learned by running around the block for a couple decades. You know, those little laundry detergent pods should be tossed into the barrel of the …

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A Millennial Cooks–and Lives her Twenties–without a Recipe

Adulthood means a stable 9 to 5 career to afford a house, a car, a few conservative stock market investments and bi-weekly trips to the supermarket to purchase vegetables. Sure, I can do that. Well, can I? So far my early adulthood hasn't followed the steps to what others might consider success. I still have a …

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Thriving in Long Distance Relationships

I don't talk about my relationship very often and have never done so on such a public platform, but as of Apr. 1 it will have been 6 months since I last saw my boyfriend. We have been together since high school (I'm graduating college now) and he is out of the country for a …

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