21 “Beautiful Girl Habits” Every Girl Should Adopt

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1. Moisturize. Always.

2. Know, when you walk into a room, that you deserve to be there. No one is doing you a favor by letting you hang out, and whether it’s at the office, on a date, or out with friends, you should never feel (or act) like the charity case.

3. Wear things that look good, but which you feel comfortable in. If you can’t walk in heels, you’ll always look better in flats.

4. When it comes to makeup, think in terms of “grooming/enhancing” and not “covering/changing.” We all have qualities that we can be playing up, and focusing on the basics (good skin, nice brows, lightly enhanced eyes/lips) just makes us a better version of ourselves (instead of someone else entirely).

5. Nice nail polish, or no nail polish at all.

6. When it comes to confidence, fake it til you make it. It is actual

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9 Qualities You Suddenly Find Attractive In Your Mid 20s

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I’m not saying these things weren’t attractive to you before, but they’ve definitely been bumped to the top of your list now that you’re becoming a more fully formed adult human being.

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1. Focus

They know what they want and they go after it — and nothing is sexier than someone with goals and the drive to make those things happen. Maybe they’re not exactly where they want to be in their career yet, but they know what a career actually is and they’re actively pursuing it. Yes please.

2. Sincerity

When I was 20 I didn’t really care if a guy meant what he said, as long as he said what I wanted to hear. Now the biggest turn-on for me is a guy who can be completely honest and straightforward with me even if I don’t want to hear it. Sounds simple, but someone who can…

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21 Uncommon Romantic Gestures That Would Make Any Girl Melt

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1. Play with her hair while the two of you are watching TV. It doesn’t have to be complex, just a little light head touching/hair-messing-with will put her into a near-meditative state.

2. Get your dessert to-go at the restaurant so the two of you can eat it at home while watching a movie/your favorite TV show.

3. Instead of just asking her where she wants to go for dinner — because you know that she loves when you put in the effort to choose, but is really picky when it comes to what she wants — give her three options that you want to go to (including one or two you haven’t tried before, if possible). It’s the best of both worlds.

4. If you spend the night at her place (or even if you share the place) make the bed while she’s in the shower or getting ready.

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16 Things Every Struggling 20-Something Should Know To Live A More Fulfilled Life

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My title makes me feel like a know-it-all pompous ass. Who am I to give advice you ask? I may not be as wise as Master Oogway or Old Rafiki, but let’s just say that I have survived the 20’s life, and I’ve learned more than you have so far.

So, listen up.

On life:

Fail fast, and fail often. Most lessons should be learned the hard way. Failure makes you hungry and desperate, so you strive for more. Failure makes you wiser, so you make better decisions in the future. Failure brings you to rock bottom and when you’re down, there really is no other way but up.

Be deliberate in choosing who you spend most of your time with. Don’t discriminate. Everyone has goodness in them. But, choose who you hang out with more often. Like it or not, your friends’ qualities rub off on you. Jim…

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Happy pill.

So happy today. I love this day. I couldn’t express it anymore.

THANK YOU, LORD.

I HAD FUN. Ian made it fun. My happy pill. My sitcom. Hahaha.

A lot of revelations and confessions happened and still it was great talking to him.

18:20 – 00:03 onwards
06/19/14

We Almost Dated: The One Who Won’t Go Away

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You watch your phone after every text you send, patiently waiting for those three small dots, giving you a glimmer of hope he might respond. They appear for a second then stop. “Maybe he’s just busy,” you think, scrolling up to reread his sweet texts from last week for your own mental clarification that he’s interested.

Introducing: The One Who Won’t Go Away. He makes you feel special enough, but you still don’t feel like you have his full attention. He’s stayed in your life long enough to give you that pinch of hope that your hookup routine will turn into an actual relationship. Your friends ask you why you’ve kept this guy in your life for so long. Between daydreams of meeting his family and the moment he says his first “I love you,” a small demon in the back of your head named “Logic” reminds you it…

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5 Books You Should Read In Your 20s

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1. Read During a Big Life Change (Good or Bad)

Suggested Book:Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes — William Bridges

Transitions is a book I found as required reading in one of my graduate classes. I’m glad I was able to discover this book because it’s probably the most powerful one on the list. There are so many transitions going on at this stage; from leaving our parent’s houses, to graduations, to babies, to marriages, to loss of jobs and friends ,and even death and divorce. This book makes sense of those transitions, good or bad. Something about change makes us uneasy, even the good changes.

The book explains three major steps of transition; Endings, Neutral Zone, and New Beginnings. First is the Ending. Endings might sound negative, but they are really just beginnings in disguise. Everyone in a transition has the commonality that…

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