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

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Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

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 I did find out is that I don’t agree with a lot of the money advice out there. I think the advice looks too much at the hard data and numbers, and less at the reasons why people spend money on what they do. The logic of the advice is too watered down, and lacks the nuance that I’ll be looking at.

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

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Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

I’ve been fully vegan for a few years now, and vegetarian for at least 15 years if I’m remembering correctly. …

A poem

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Photo by Sidharth Shivshankar on Unsplash

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?

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

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Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash

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 prompts that are sure to get your creative juices flowing. So, grab a coffee, a pen, and some paper and let’s get to the list. …

How hustle culture has created a problematic work culture

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Photo: JESHOOTS.COM/Unsplash

Everybody wants to be a hustler. It’s ingrained in the cultural fabric: work hard or get left behind. …

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

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Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash

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 of my background. I completed an undergrad degree in creative writing at Denison University, and then went on to do a Masters of Arts in Writing at Coastal Carolina University. Many applicants do go straight from undergrad to an MFA, but this is not the route I took. I decided to join my MAW program last minute, so I was not even considering an MFA at the time. I learned about MFA programs while in the MAW at Coastal, which is when I made the decision to apply. In retrospect, I know my MAW was crucial to improving my poetry, and I don’t believe I would have received any funded offers without the time to grow my work. Plus, my MAW was funded through a TAship (tuition only), so it also gave me teaching experience that I believe gave me an edge when applying for funded MFA programs. …

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

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Photo by Chris Liverani on Unsplash

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 recent amendments involving COVID-19, specifically with the change in recommendation of asymptomatic patients and testing. …

Is it always found under the bed?

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Photo by HARALD PLIESSNIG on Unsplash

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. …

Ranking my Tumblr reblogs by level of embarrassment

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Photo by Lauren Peng on Unsplash

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. …

What does it take to create equal access to hygiene?

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Photo by Gabrielle Rocha Rios on Unsplash

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 to make clear that period poverty and the taboo surrounding periods is found all over the world, but I’ll be specifically addressing problems in the United States. I know cultural stigmas vary greatly from culture to culture, so I want to focus on what I know best and the experiences I’ve seen first-hand, rather than trying to speculate on the experience of others. That said, the long-term solution I’ll bring up at the end is applicable to everyone suffering from period poverty, not just those in the United States. …

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Brittany Atkinson

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

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