If lifelong love is what you’re after, ask yourself these four questions about your future mate.

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Dating is hard. Today’s world focuses on appearances, and social media distorts reality. How can you tell if the person you’re dating is generally good or a wolf in disguise?

In today’s online dating world, you don’t always know if you’re getting an accurate representation of your love interest. People used to know the members of their community. It was easy to tell if someone was a good person, you knew everything about them, you probably went to kindergarten with them!

While convenient and easy to use, the advances in internet dating leave people on their own when assessing their…


Are You a True Romantic? You may be surprised by the answer.

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When you think of a romantic, you might imagine a middle-aged mom marathon-watching Hallmark movies with a box of tissues.

The truth is, the first Romantics described themselves not by their obsession with falling in love but by their deep appreciation of nature.

So are you a true romantic? Do you swipe right for Mother Nature?

Check out these qualities of a true romantic to find out.

The sublime and awe of nature

“The passion caused by the great and sublime in nature . . . is Astonishment; and astonishment is that state of the soul, in which all its motions are suspended, with some degree…


Escape Reality With An Old Favorite This Weekend.

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After making the mistake of watching the late-night news, sleep eluded me last night. Worries that I have no control over have been invading my thoughts, troubling my dreams, and majorly inducing my anxiety.

Sometimes, a distraction is needed to reset the nervous system,

and there are scientific reasons to consider your Netflix subscription emotional therapy.

The therapeutic and calming effects of movies

Watching movies is good for our health.

Really!

I was doubtful too. I mean, I usually feel guilty when I watch movies all day. Like I should have done something more productive with my time. But experts agree, movies offer therapeutic and calming effects.


Reduce social anxiety and improve self-control with this simple cognitive tool

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Lizzo is undeniably a star. Her upbeat, self-loving, body-positive anthems provide a departure from the melancholy and many times depressing song offerings on the radio. Everyone from Beyonce to Rihanna to Eddie Murphy’s kid is a fan.

Surprisingly, though, when Lizzo first decided the music business was for her, she didn’t see herself standing center stage. It’s hard to believe now, but the multi-talented singer, dancer, flutist, rapper, and lyricist didn’t see herself singing lead, so she would direct her other friends to sing in the girl groups she joined.

And when she did put herself out there?


Birdwatching comes with distractions.

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I don’t know about you, but I can’t concentrate on a thing lately. I start reading a book, and my attention is immediately taken by, well, anything. I wander around my house and yard, aimlessly looking for a task that my attention span will allow me to finish. I’ve decided to take my dog’s lead, and I’ve begun focusing on squirrels instead.

Yes, you read that right. Squirrels.

It all started with the birds that congregate in our backyard. Fascinating creatures, birds. They lead dramatic, violent, passionate lives.

The lives of these birds are multilayered and complex, and just as…


How do you cope with the demands of Parenting?

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Parenting is a demanding job. There is no way around it and no amount of preparation that allows you to slack off.

Trust me; I’ve tried and read everything.

There are no shortcuts available.

There are, however, many different types of parents and countless ways to cope with these demands. While no two parents are exactly alike, I have found that my husband’s and my coping strategies fall into one of two categories.

While my husband and I both love our children dearly, I realized lately that our Parenting coping mechanisms are entirely different. While we both like to splurge…


A summer filled with music of the ’90s was a chance to relive my youth.

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With venues shuttered and the familiar walls of our living rooms the latest locale for our favorite acts, it’s no wonder music fans across the globe are holding their breath in anticipation of the moment live music returns to the stage.

As I wait, I’m looking back on the summer of 2018, an outstanding concert year for fans of 90s music. I was lucky enough to relive my youth as an ultra-cool alternative chick right before the pandemic turned me into a Huggle-wearing, bird-feeding insomniac.

Okay, I wasn’t completely cool to begin with, but I felt cool at concerts.

The…


Enjoy a sparkling home and limit your family’s exposure to unnecessary toxins.

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A stretch of warm weather in the Northeast has unleashed my inner clean freak. She has been locked-up for this locked-down year out of mental health necessity. It has felt impossible to keep the house clean with all the snow, salt, and sand (and people in here), but I’m ready to get down to the nitty-gritty.

The problem is that chemicals are everywhere and in everything, from our water sources to our carpeting. In just about everything we touch or ingest are traces of hormones, antibiotics, styrene, and phthalates, known as endocrine-disrupters. Scientists link these chemicals with developmental, reproductive, brain…


A quiet house offers space for uninterrupted thought.

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This is the accidental love story between the bad boy of nighttime, insomnia, and my newest darling, writing on Medium. I have just recently linked the pair up, and they are a great match. I’m sharing this story to assist others that may benefit from a similar love connection.

In a busy household, writing in the middle of the night has become my replacement for Virginia Woolf’s room of one’s own.

So many interruptions!

Before I introduced my insomnia to my writing, creating a quiet nighttime haven to write, each story took me a painfully long time. I thought it took me about…


Today is my daughter’s birthday.

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Today marks 14 years that we have had my daughter’s funny, intelligent, creative spirit in our family.

She is bright and easygoing now, but we were told that she would not live to see this day when I was pregnant.

Two days before Christmas

The doctor realized that my daughter’s kidneys’ measurements were off at my first ultrasound at five months of pregnancy. They scheduled weekly ultrasounds at that time but made them sound routine. And I’m sure they were.

But when I was more than seven months pregnant, the ultrasound scans showed my daughter’s kidneys growing at an accelerated rate.

After that ultrasound…

Tricia Chadwick

Teacher, business owner, and mom. I write about learning, parenting, animals, and living your best life.

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