7 Tips to Improve Your Conversations and Connect with Others

We all want to build better connections with others. Most of us don’t want to admit that we’re not quite sure how to do that…  Whether you’re forming friendships, building communities, or looking to address a nation, learning how to…

The hard truth about change

Change is not easy, nor is it suppose to be. Unfortunately, by hoping we can change a bad habit or personality trait overnight, we set us up for failure. Behavior change takes time, discipline, a deeper understanding of who you…

If you’re going to fight, you better do it right

It’s been difficult as of late to escape hate and toxicity. It feels like everyone is fighting each other – trying to one up one other or prove the other person wrong. …what are we even fighting for? Is there…

Be Kind

At the end of every show, Ellen Degeneres reminds us to be kind to one another. When I first heard this, I thought about how sweet it was. At the same time, strange to have to remind ourselves to be…

Why Every Day Should Be Valentine’s Day

Gentlemen (and ladies) before you freak out (or get too excited), I am not saying you HAVE TO take your significant other to expensive dinners, plan elaborate scavenger hunts reminiscing every milestone you had, or propose every day. No. All…

3 Hard Lessons about Life That You Learn from Dating

When it comes to dating and relationship, there are a lot of hard life lessons that all we must go through in order to grow and truly understand ourselves as an individual and as someone’s partner. We’ve all been through…

Without a goal, you can’t score

Yesterday was the first of November. The first day of a new month. For many of us, the first of November means the first day of holiday preparations as we look forward to relaxing with a cup of apple cider…

If I didn’t love myself

If I didn’t love myself, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t be able to push myself to try new things. I would learn that being comfortable is what’s most important and that self-growth doesn’t matter. I would…

Happy birthday! An Open Letter to My Younger Self

Dear 22 year old Melissa, HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIRL! Last night was rough, I know! Your best friend really got you good! She feed you drink after drink but at least you know, she would always take good care of you. It’s…

Vulnerability

In the simplest way, being vulnerable means opening yourself up. It means opening up to someone and giving them the ability to hurt you, whether it’s physically or emotionally. Sounds like it could be pretty dangerous right? So why do…

What it feels like to think you’re falling in love

You look back on how the two of you met and you can’t help but laugh to yourself. Let’s be honest, you didn’t think that moment would have meant anything, until now. It wasn’t until now, after enough that has happened for…

We need to talk

It amazes me sometimes how much we’re able to “connect” to each other yet, somehow, we can’t find ways to communicate to one another. We can Facebook message, tweet each other, reply back and forth and yet the conversation rarely goes much…

Let’s break up. It’s not you, it’s me. Kind of…

Break ups are never fun. Whether you’re the one that’s breaking up with your partner or the one that’s getting dumped, they both suck! There’s never an easy way to break someone’s heart. And no, just because I’m a woman, I do…

Don’t tell me to lower my standards

With today’s world of online culture and strong desires for instant gratifications, dating and relationships have completely changed. For better or for worse, it all varies on personal opinions and preferences. The rise of the hookup culture and postponed marriages has made…

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