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excuses for canceling plans

I can’t say if I’ve used any or all of these, but when I’m feeling anti-social it’s always good to have an excuse stored in the back of my brain. Here are some of my best (?) ideas for getting out of an awkward blind date, a party for a co-worker you’ve never spoken to or 10am brunch when you’re hungover.

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1. You’re super sore from Pure Barre.

2. You forgot you promised your roommate you’d go to dinner with her for her birthday.

3. You have a Skype interview with a company in China (time differences, man).

4. It’s your time of the month.

5. You’re locked out of your apartment.

6. Your wallet got stolen and you only have $3.91 in loose change.

7. You have to stay home to let the cable guy in.

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8. Damn, you JUST ordered Thai food on Seamless.

9. The new Frank Ocean album is making you cry.

10. You ate too many free bagels at work and none of your going-out clothes fit.

Here’s to a Friday night in!

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last week’s links

I thought I’d share some posts from other blogs and lifestyle websites that I particularly enjoyed reading last week and this week. These links are funny bits from the web that I happened to stumble upon, as well as some recent posts from my favorite sites–I scroll through Man Repeller and R29 almost everyday on my lunch break, and have been following them on Insta forever.

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1. “Only in New York” stories from Man Repeller.

2. This recipe for Come Fuck Me pasta, c/o Refinery29. (Will probably make this for myself this weekend, tbh.)

3. An insightful post from Cupcakes and Cashmere, one of the blogs that has inspired me since I was in high school. I love how Emily has branched out her editorial team to include younger/non-parents/unmarried women who are more relatable for my demographic.

4. Any Broad City fans?

5. Pete Wells’s review of my least favorite Food Network star’s Times Square restaurant.

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what to do in NYC when it’s 96 degrees

The past few days have been brutal here in New York, especially in my un-air conditioned apartment. Taking the subway to work in 90+ degree weather = arriving at my office with my make-up melted off and frizzy hair. Even just sitting still in my apartment is sweat-inducing, so here are six great (?) things to do in NYC when it’s too hot to move.

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1. Sit in Starbucks for three hours “working.”

2. Eat ice cream.

3. Make new playlists on Spotify.

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4. Go to the movies.

5. Spend $100 at H&M online.

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6. Try to hang out with someone who has AC.

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confidence = major 🔑

For most of my life, I’ve been forgettable–and I’ve been good at it. Remember that scene in “The Princess Diaries” when someone literally sits on Anne Hathaway/Mia Thermopolis because they didn’t even notice she was there? That should give you an idea of how I felt up until a few years ago. In high school I was drafted as “shy” and “quiet,” two adjectives I would never assign to my current self. My freshman year of college I would go to parties and bars and meet lots of different people–but when I waved to them the next day, I’d be greeted with a lack of recognition.

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I feel that I’ve become more assertive over the past two years, with a tremendous change when I studied abroad. Amsterdam means SO much to me, and my growth in independence is one of the reasons why. I learned more about myself in five months of living there than the past three years of college. I did things I wanted, when I wanted. I made friends with the guy who freed my bike after I broke the padlock’s key…so the next time it happened, he volunteered to help once more. I dyed my hair blonde. I biked miles and miles. I looked at art. I ate lots of stroopwafels. I started drinking beer. I started liking beer. I constantly, consistently was in awe of the city’s beauty. One year later, I’m still not sure how it’s possible for a place to be so stunning.

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This past year, I’ve started being more confident in my career goals and skills. I learned to work on a team–on a professional level. I learned how to say no. I started asking for what I want. And now that a brand new, unplanned, simultaneously terrifying/exhilarating chapter of my life is beginning, I’m excited to continue growing.

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what to do while you’re waiting to hear back about a job

Waiting to hear back from prospective employers is bringing me back big time to senior year of high school, anxiously waiting for college decision letters. I remember checking my email as soon as I got home everyday (this was pre-iPhone, people), keeping my family on high alert for any mail addressed to me, and stress-biting my nails. This is kind of like that…x100. How the f*** am I going to pay rent?! I knew at least one college would have to accept me–what are safety schools for, amirite? But how do you apply for a safety career?? Anyway, I’ve been checking my email every 1.7 seconds, and it’s becoming a problem for my mental health. So here is a very helpful list of things to do instead of tearing your hair out 24/7, inspired by the show I’ve been binge watching for the past week.

1. Get your zen on at yoga. Save a couple bucks and try Yoga to the People for a “suggested donation.”

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2. Try out that amazing makeup tutorial on YouTube! #EyebrowsOnFleek #ContourGameStrong

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3. Go grocery shopping! Nothing will take your mind off of real life more than a stroll down the produce aisle at your local, grimy bodega.

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4. Try to pick up a guy. Why not, right? It’s 2016, be the boss betch you are.

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5. Hit the gym! That beach bod isn’t gonna sculpt itself.

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6. Have fun on Snapchat. So many filters, so little AT&T data.

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7. Hit da club. Get your grind on & turn off your email updates.

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