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Month: April, 2013

18 Things That Will Make You Smile

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1. Elderly couples holding hands.

2. The laughter of babies/small children. (Yes, even for those of you who think they are little monsters.)

3. When you witness any sort of kindness being done to a stranger.

4. When you observe “friends” who so obviously like each other as more than friends.

5. Bacon. (As a person with vegetarian tendencies, I disagree, but many will inevitably smile at this, so I’m including it.)

6. Remembering a fond childhood memory.

7. Finding something you’ve lost.

8. Unexpectedly running into a long lost friend that you miss.

9. Getting flowers, a card, or a message of love in the form of a call, text, email, or voicemail from someone that you love.

10. When your crush/someone you’re really attracted to smiles at you first.

11. Pictures from high school or college of you and your friends having a good time.

12. When the…

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It’s Time To Rip Off The Band-Aids

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Us humans, well, we like to band-aid everything.

We put on band-aids to cover up failures, to hide battle scars, to mask heartache. We put on band-aids in an attempt to disguise hurt, fear or doubt. We put on band-aids to try and ease the sting from the rejection we received, or to mend the burn we felt when we were forced to watch everything we care about be ripped from our grasp. We put on band-aids when we slip hard, to lessen the brunt of our falls.

We put on band-aids as a means of protection. We put on band-aid after band-aid to add barriers between us and everything we are afraid of. Everything that has hurt us, or has the potential to. We put on band-aids to dull the pain. We wear so many layers of band-aids that we don’t even recognize our own flesh and blood anymore…

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8 Rules For The 20-Something Gentleman

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Dear guys in your twenties,

We have a problem. Everyone sucks. It’s common knowledge that even full-grown men are just giant children with jobs and apartments. But it’s getting ridiculous. Listen, if you’re not in college and you’re not totally relying on your parents for support, it’s time to nut up and learn how to be a man. And not just a regular man. No, let’s strive to become a bona fide gentle-man. It’s easy, I swear. Here are a few tips to make this transition into actual person-hood smoother:

1. Stop wearing hats inside. If you’re bald and wearing that stocking cap is your trademark style, eh, maybe. But otherwise, don’t wear your ball cap at the dinner table in a nice restaurant. Or a shitty restaurant, for that matter. You look like a frat boy with no class and too much of your parents money. So stop.

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Why You Care That People Are Talking About You

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30 Greatest Quotes About Women

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There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature. Henry Miller
Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men. Joseph Conrad
I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others. Amelia Earhart
Women kill me. They really do. I don’t mean I’m oversexed or anything like that — although I am quite sexy. I just like them, I mean. They’re always leaving their goddam bags out in the middle of the aisle. J.D. Salinger
And yet women — good women — frightened me because they eventually wanted your soul, and what was left of mine, I wanted to keep. Charles Bukowski
As usual, there…

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10 Things You Should Never Expect

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1. Never expect to wake up on the right side of the bed.

Every night we go to bed wishing the next day will go the way we want it. But our days never turn out exactly as we want them. Changes in plans, unmet deadlines, unavoidable circumstances, and even our own laziness can contribute to this.

2. Never expect to get the grades you want.

No matter how hard you study or how perfect your attendance is, there will always be a time when you don’t think you deserve the grade you got. Let’s accept the fact that life’s a bitch, and will throw you lemons. Move on. They’re just grades and they can only have an impact on your life for, give or take, 5 years.

3. Never expect to get what you want at your first job.

Your first job is your initiation to the real world…

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On Dating Good Guys

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There seems to be this undercurrent of asshole-loving lately; my peers justifying their ill-advised decision to partner with people they believe can and will ‘change.’ I’m all about personal preference, but it seems that while the Nice Guy/Asshole debate rages on, no one has stood up for the Good Guys.

When I was younger (whatever age you are when people actually sign yearbooks), there was this one descriptor that people always included when signing my autograph book or what-have-you. ‘Sweet.’ “Stay sweet, Stephanie,” or “You’re such a sweet girl.” It’s funny; I don’t think anyone has called me ‘sweet’ since I was thirteen, probably – but at the time, it was a recurring theme. I was sweet.

I don’t believe I’m inherently ‘unsweetened’ now, but I’ve developed somewhat of an acerbic tinge. I won’t shy away from expressing my opinion (unless I’ve predetermined that my opponent will likely refer to…

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What To Do With Feelings

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I hate talking about feelings. I really do. At least in person and to people. Talking about feelings – real feelings – just always seems so needy and foolish and stupid. That’s why I write them out. When I write about feelings, I understand them better. I am able to express them more coherently. I often feel the need to be coherent when I communicate because I feel far too easily misunderstood. Maybe we all do.

There is something to be said about feelings though – exposing them in their raw nature and orating them without much concern for whether they will be misconstrued and transformed into something that wasn’t intended. We all feel. As long as you are alive, you feel. Whether you choose to express them in the moment or consider them before you expose yourself, or wear them proudly as a badge of honor or hide them…

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How To Be Free

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Begin by deciding that you will be compassionate to yourself and to others. You will look for the best in people, no matter how they choose to see you. You will treat them how you always want to be treated without any expectation that they ought to treat you the same. When you see yourself, you will see someone beautiful, someone capable, someone caring and kind. In your reflection, you will choose to see someone who has exactly what they need; someone who will always have what they need.

Let go of your past, let go of your worries for the future — the most important moment that you have is now. Affirm that you have learned what you need to meet any challenges that will come across your path. In your present challenges, recognize that you are being strengthened. Recognize that these trials are not lasting. Allow the trials to make…

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