This goes against the advice you’ve been told, but hear me out

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Since the coronavirus has taken our social interactions completely away, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on what I miss and don’t miss about my pre-coronavirus life. I’d like to think I was fairly good at saving money, but I also can admit that I enjoyed treating myself to experiences and material goods. As much as I admire minimalists, I am not one myself, especially when it comes to buying secondhand clothing.

So, what did I find out in reflecting on my spending habits? Are there things I did pre-covid that I don’t miss at all? Well, what…

Read this when you’re craving something dairy-free and delicious

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I’ve been fully vegan for a few years now, and vegetarian for at least 15 years if I’m remembering correctly. This means that I’m no stranger to trying fake meat and non-dairy alternatives, and I’ve tried both the best and worst of the food swaps. Through this journey, I’ve decided to cut it down to five of my favorites to give to you. You don’t even have to be fully vegan to love these: you could just be looking on ways to cut down dairy/meat consumption. …

A poem

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I flinch at your fingers displacing sand packed
inside the whorl of a whelk. Nearby, we hear
asthmatic breaths of a boy’s chest that swells
when his bucket overflows with seashells:
he huffs back to his parents, kicking

with sandals full of salt that clot his soles.
The pelicans dig webbed feet into silt, bellow
out an ocean of hoarse calls, and take flight
to crown nearby carcasses: blooms of cold-
blooded jellyfish washed up in a current

too rough for their softness. We are both made of mostly water. Did you know the cannonball jellyfish are harmless? you ask…

This is how you’ll stop staring at that white page

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It’s a Monday night and you’re ready to get to writing. You’ve already written about everything under the sun: from that time you were a bridesmaid at your cousin’s wedding to your favorite weekday meals to your favorite childhood pet, Hammy. You stare at the white screen with the cursor pulsing and begging you to type. Nothing. Ten minutes pass, and you’ve yet to write anything that didn’t get deleted immediately after. If you’re reading this, you’re no stranger to this feeling, but I’ve got a solution.

Look no further than here. I’ve constructed a list of ten strange writing…

How hustle culture has created a problematic work culture

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Everybody wants to be a hustler. It’s ingrained in the cultural fabric: work hard or get left behind. There is constant pressure to earn a living, do overtime to get a promotion, grind at unpaid internships, work multiple jobs to put money in our savings, and sacrifice everything for success. The rich and famous are held on pedestals, and there’s constant pressure to climb the socioeconomic ladder and achieve success, which is often tied back to monetary and social achievement. But, at what cost? When does working hard, or the concept of hustling, become toxic? …

A walk-through of the entire application process from start to finish

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The MFA application process is overwhelming, and the low acceptance rate, especially for full funding, makes it an especially intimidating process. So much time, planning, communication, money, and studying goes into making applications perfect. Because of all this, the MFA application process is certainly not one to take lightly. But, if you dedicate proper time and energy, and take the tips and tricks I have to offer to heart, I’m confident you’ll give yourself the best chance of getting in and receiving the funding you deserve.

In order to frame my application, I’ll go ahead and give a short synopsis…

How social media is trying to turn the coronavirus into a hoax

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Social media can be wonderful for communication, but it’s also a breeding ground for false information. This has become especially evident in the current political climate, as everyone has an opinion, and the opinions are strong on both sides. With sharing information being as easy as hitting repost or retweet, false information can spread to thousands in the time it takes to make a sandwich or walk to get the mail.

One statistic that has recently fell into the trap of being falsely circulated to the masses involves the CDC. The CDC has already fell into heavy controversy for its…

Is it always found under the bed?

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I start apologizing to the silverware — the spoons I don’t choose to bring out of the drawer and eat with. I think about grabbing every last one, lining them up from big to small and letting them bask in the light feathering through the kitchen window as if that could make their time caged inside the drawer any better. I know this isn’t how this type of thing works, that the spoons in the drawer don’t care about being contained, won’t bang their metallic frame on the wood, won’t suffocate, won’t beg me to let them out. …

Ranking my Tumblr reblogs by level of embarrassment

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Yes, as the title shamelessly admits, I was a Tumblr child. I hesitate to use the past tense, as I still go on every so often to update info, reblog a few posts, or check in on my favorite accounts. Did I mention my username is “boomingdreams?”

I would spend hours on Tumblr, hoping to become the next Tumblr girl wearing a flower crown, too much mascara, and poorly ironed bangs. I wanted to be every hippie girl’s inspo in my uncoordinated outfits and offbrand docs. As if. Turns out I wasn’t meant for the Tumblr girl spotlight, but I…

What does it take to create equal access to hygiene?

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Menstruation is a natural process, but it isn’t always treated that way. There is a taboo around menstruation that has lead to not only misinformation, but a lack of discussion on the health disparities surrounding menstruation. When someone feels the need to stick a tampon in their sleeve when heading to the restroom, often hiding a shame or embarrassment they’ve culturally been ingrained to feel, how can we expect these same people to have discussions on the inaccessibility of period products? In order to address period poverty, we have to be willing to have open discourse on periods.

I want…

Brittany Atkinson

Western Washington ‘22 MFA in Poetry // vegan poet who loves coffee and thrifting 🌿ig + etsy: thriftedpoet

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