I have been researching a lot lately about the differences between passionate and companionate love. I find it interesting and encouraging that most articles I read encourage and even say companionate love is better in many ways.

I have been with my partner for almost 4 years now. It’s the longest I have ever been with anyone. Before I met him I dated a lot and was immersed in the online dating community. I think if I am honest with myself, I became somewhat addicted to the rollercoaster of online dating.

There were a lot of highs and lows. Lots…

I’ve noticed a trend in the men who are part of the online dating community. Or maybe just the dating community in general?

They become really, really interested in you once you are — taken. It’s so silly! This has happened to me numerous times! I finally settle on someone, and then BAM Brad who blew me off 6 months ago suddenly can’t wait another second to see me.

What is with these guys?! I really don’t get it. I mean is it really about just wanting what you can’t have or is it more pure coincidence? Or is there…

I can never make things easy on myself. I had a job once that was super easy. No pressure. Little stress. I even worked alone. So naturally, I had to leave and find something more torturesome.

I love baking and cake decorating. I have been doing it for about 5 years now professionally. The last job I had was so challenging I would literally lie awake at night stressing about how to decorate the next day’s cakes. Ugh. That was terrible. Apparently, decorating insomnia is a real thing.

It also didn’t help that my boss was extremely critical. She can’t…

my final attempt at losing some serious weight

I have struggled with my rent for as long as I can remember. Certainly for my ENTIRE twenties but mostly in my thirties. I am 34 now.

Working as a baker and cake decorator hasn’t helped me. In the 2 years I worked at a small family-owned Italian restaurant I put on 25 pounds. Geesh. That’s a lot. I enjoyed what I did but the owner has lax rules about employees eating or tasting his food. …

I have always been a city girl. Always! I love having lots of options of things to do. I love the hustle and bustle and having people all around me.

Except, I don’t. Not anymore. It seems I have changed. My fiance and I have been looking for houses for the last couple of months and talking about where we’d like to live and raise our daughter. We realized we could save a lot of money by getting a USDA loan. So we started looking at nearby smaller suburbs of Springfield, MO. Ozark, Nixa, and Republic all made our list.

I was first introduced to Young Living by my mother back in 2016. I fell in love and immediately started selling them to my friends and family members. I had about 5 sign ups with me at that time. Well, then life got rough…

I fell on some really hard financial times and lost my job and was also navigating through a divorce. So basically, I didn’t have the money to keep up with my orders or any of it at all. I was nickel and diming it. I was in survival mode and it sucked. …

I have been wanting to get engaged to my boyfriend for about a year now. He is such a catch and I knew it right away. It sure has been a journey getting to this point but I am glad to be here now.

If I’m honest, I had some real anxiety over the 6 months prior to leading up to the proposal. I didn’t know when he was going to ask me and I got in my head and freaked myself out about it more than once. I am a chronic over-analyzer and it doesn’t always serve me well…

This little girl has brightened my life for the last 10 years. I can’t imagine life without her. I love her so much. She will be 10 this November. 10! Where did the time go? Looking back over the last 10 years, here’s a few things I’ve learned and some things I’ve been reminded of.

  1. My heart is capable of more love than I realized.
  2. Try and see the good in everyone
  3. always take time to laugh
  4. don’t take life too seriously
  5. playtime is important for stress management
  6. hugs are healing, so are snuggles
  7. animals can bring us joy
  8. Sorry…

I don’t know if you’re like me, but I LOVE scoring a good deal, and not just any deal, a really really good one in which something ends up being FREE or at LEAST half off. None of this 20% or 30% off nonsense. I won’t waste your time with that, because it’s your birthday my friend and YOU deserve a great deal!

So here it goes. I’ve done my research and these are the best deals I’ve found with the businesses in my hood (Springfield, MO). No worries if you don’t live here as most of these businesses are…

Whitney Virginia Morgan

freelance writer l English lit major l blogger l poet I student of life Email: whitvmo@gmail.com

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