Top 10 Most-Read Posts of 2017 (So Far)

Top 10 Most-Read Posts of 2017 (So Far)

I’m a terribly nostalgic person. This tendency is reflected in my frequent readings of past pages I’ve written in my many journals and an affinity toward music that suffocates you with mellow melodies and guitar reverb that put you smack-dab in the middle of a memory (aka Bon Iver ‘cuz that’s some nostalgic ish AM I RIGHT).

Anyways, since we’re more than halfway through the year (is anyone else startled by this?), I thought it would be good to take a look back at some of the posts shared here within this li’l Internet space.

Below are the Top 10 Most-Read Posts of 2017 (So Far). Enjoy a look back!

1. 5 BOOKS THAT CHANGE YOU

“Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic,” J.K. Rowling wrote. My girl J.K. nailed it, because I firmly believe words can challenge and shape our perspectives on life. Below are 5 books that I have read multiple times and highlighted the ish outta the pages. I’ve included some of my favorite lines to give you a preview of the goodness you can expect in each book.”

Read the post here.

2. THE BEGINNING, THE MIDDLE, THE END

“Suddenly, I was crying like I had been broken open. 

It was cool and misty and there was nobody around to hear me. I sat in the center of the labyrinth and I breathed deep from the center of me until the tears ran dry. I have always believed I am the sum total of everyone I know, and in that moment, as things were beginning and in the middle and ending, I felt all those people behind me, with me, sending me off.”

Read the post here.

3. FOR EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON

“For all the struggles of my post-grad job search, and all the questions it's brought me, in my heart of hearts I know I picked the right path. Book publishing is a hell of a world and I love being in it. But what have I missed? What's going on in the music world I never knew? Is it possible to have FOMO—fear of missing out, that enigmatic gnaw at your heart that says you should be anywhere but where you are—is it possible to feel that for something I was never a part of to begin with?”

Read the post here.

4. WHAT I MIGHT HAVE TOLD HER

“I might have nodded, I might have offered that there’s no way to prepare for post-grad. I might have expanded by suggesting there’s no preparation for any transition, not at this age, nor at any age, really. I’ve spoken about this with my parents. When you’re there, you are simply there. It will happen to you.”

Read the post here.

5. 3 SIGNS THAT IT’S TIME TO LEAVE YOUR JOB

“Misery had fallen over me with a thick icy rush. Well into my second year at the company, I realized all at once that each of the slight upsets I’d experienced during the job had joined together to form a mammoth melancholy. I hadn’t received the opportunities I was originally promised. Snow. I was getting bored doing the same trivial work. Snow. I watched my teammates get disrespected over and over again. Snow. I myself wasn’t being treated with basic human kindness. Trigger.

Questions loomed in my mind as I trekked to the office: What if I just didn’t show up today? Is the money worth this heartache? Should I take a risk and quit?

Read the post here.

6. ON DOING LESS

“It’s not giving up. It’s not an inability to prioritize. It’s a reassessment of those sky-high standards. It’s looking really closely at myself and saying, “I believe in me. But today, I will just do what I have to do. I will wake up, and get to work on time, and do the important things that need to be done, and take a deep breath if the to-do list isn’t all crossed off by tomorrow. Tomorrow, if I just need to do what I have to do, that’s okay. And the day after that, and the day after that. I will do what I have to do, until I can handle doing it. And until that’s done, everything else can wait.”

Read the post here.

7. A LESSON IN GRIEF

“So, like anyone who has had suffered a huge loss, I simply shut down. I spent weeks full of to-do lists that were never completed, or to-do lists that were never written because I knew with certainty I would never even look at it. The short, random bursts of energy I did have resulted in purging my closet of belongings that I thought didn’t suit a woman in my state of life (that is, single, living at home, no job – but I saw that as “adulthood”) or culminated in a hurried decision to travel to several states away on a whim, which eventually lead to me totaling my car on a mountain pass in the rain.”

Read the post here.

8. 4 TOOLS TO EARN EXTRA CASH

"Hello, new graduate learning how to live off an entry-level salary. I am here with you in your budgeting learning curve.

This past year, I’ve been working an Americorps job, which basically means I’m a glorified full-time volunteer who is tossed some loose change every couple of weeks. OKAY so maybe I’m leaning too far into hyperbole (my fave rhetorical device!)—I’ve actually been able to live comfortably AND travel to Norway and London this year (will forever argue that it is SO POSSIBLE to travel on any budget).

So I can’t pretend like I’ve been sacrificing my way of life all that much, even if my monthly pay is laughably-low.

BUT I can say that this small income has challenged me to be intentional about how I spend my money, including ways to earn additional income, even if it’s only $10. Because every dollar counts when you are getting paid less than minimum wage!”

Read the post here.

9. POST-GRAD AND ANXIETY

“'I am so anxious.'

Every May, thousands of graduates adopt this mantra as their go-to response to the incessant question of “so, how are you?” As someone with a close familiarity with anxiety, I am hyper-aware of its sudden increase in use in daily conversations. This is the phrase I hear countless friends use, and very aptly so. We are anxious in every connotation of the word: we are excited, nervous, shaky, unsure, ready to get it over with, and ready to begin. We are all caught in the uncomfortable company of this ambiguous agitation, some struggling to get past it and others simply living in it for all it’s worth.”

Read the post here.

10. FINDING MY PLACE

“It’s been difficult for me to articulate why, exactly, this election feels like the bullies—the ones I was always comforted about, told not to worry about, told I would be more than and rise above of—won.

But my life is pretty good. What right do I have to speak of the suffering so many marginalized folks fear is ahead, or has already arrived? What right do I have to try and wrap my head around the suffering that so many people have already faced, in lives much longer—or much shorter—than mine?”

Read the post here.
 

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