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Want to Raise Your Self Esteem? Stop Trying to Please Other People

I recently took people-pleasing to a new level…or low. I forgot I had a voice. For reasons of simplification, I won’t go into detail about how that happened or who was involved, but I will talk about why losing your voice is “bad, bad juju.” It starts out with wanting to be a nice person. Friendly. Likeable. It often ends up with you tying yourself in knots over what a pushover you are and how you feel completely disrespected and taken advantage of. Oy. Somebody pass the Xanax. When you think
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How a Simple Class Picture Taught My 11-year Old Self the Meaning of True Beauty

School picture delivery day, 1978. I was 11 years old and in the 6th grade. I was sitting at my desk, and I was anxious about the impending arrival of our school portraits. The source of my anxiety was the certainty that this was the day that the object of my adolescent affections would finally look at me differently. That he would, at last, see me as the smart, interesting and beautiful girl I believed myself to be. My crush’s name was Jeffrey Richardson. He and I were in Mr. Tennenbaum's 6th
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The Single Mom's Secret Weapon for Online Dating: Other Women

Arguably, one of the most frustrating aspects of online dating is creating your personal profile. It’s one thing to have a conversation with someone and tell them a bit about yourself, but trying to sum up all of your wonderful qualities, shortcomings, quirks, aspirations and life history into a couple of short paragraphs is a daunting prospect for most people. Add to that task trying to sound witty and engaging in your narrative as well...and there goes your weekend. It’s no surprise that many
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Remember to Do These 5 Important Things Before Leaving the Scene of a Car Accident

Although no one wants to think about it, there's a bit of a dark side to holiday cheer. Along with all of the sparkly decorations, generous gift-giving and seemingly endless parties, comes a rather unfortunate aspect of the season: an increase in vehicle-related accidents. It’s no surprise that this is the case, considering that many people tend to indulge in “holiday spirits” more frequently and in greater amounts than at other times of the year. Even if you’re the designated driver who spends
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New Year, New House? 3 Ways to Avoid Overpaying for Your Dream House in 2016

Whether you're a first time home-buyer or you've been down this road before, the house-hunting experience is likely to take you through three separate phases during the process: first, the excitement, then the impatience and finally, the worn-down frustration. Depending on where you're shopping, you may either be involved in a bidding war on your "dream" home or you may be the only prospective buyer doing back and forth negotiations with a difficult seller. In either case, if you're not careful,
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Basic Car Care Resources Every Woman Should Keep Handy

I have a confession to make. No, it’s not a salacious, juicy secret - it’s just slightly embarrassing. Although, I guess that really depends on who you’re talking to. For my part, I do think it’s something that should cause me a little bit of shame. Okay, here goes: I don’t know how to change a tire. There I said it. For years, I’ve been threatening to ask my husband or a repair shop mechanic to show me how, but sadly, I’ve never followed through on that declaration. I will say, however, that
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10 Professional Makeup and Wardrobe Tips for Your Special Day

When your big day arrives, you’ll be so busy with trying to calm your nerves, you won’t have time to pay attention to the little details that can potentially mar your otherwise magical experience. Do your best to avoid any wedding day makeup and wardrobe glitches with these “must-remember” makeup and wardrobe tips from top beauty experts and wedding professionals: Forget regular lipstick — it will only get smeared throughout the day and will undoubtedly require multiple touch-ups; Using gloss w