Living With Your Boyfriend In College Isn't As Bad As Everyone Makes It Seem
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My boyfriend (Chris) and I have been together for a little over three years now. I'm a sophomore in college and he's a freshman. Last year at Kent State was pretty rough for me. I was miserable and hated my living arrangement. Being away from my boyfriend made things that much harder. When I decided to transfer to the University of Kentucky, I knew I did not want to live in a dorm again. When Chris decided to come to Kentucky too, we joked and said: "wouldn't it be cool if we lived together?"

At the time it was just a thought, but it quickly turned into "we should live together!"

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We discussed it a lot, to the point where it felt like it was already set in stone. We then decided it was time to tell our parents. I knew they were going to have a lot of questions and Chris and I were both fully prepared since we had talked about it so much. I insisted that we get a two bedroom apartment because I know we're both stubborn and would kill one another having to share a room. On top of that, we live different lifestyles and it just made sense to have our own space. Because of this, our parents said yes after many questions and a nice family meeting with both of our parents.

It was weird that this was actually happening. It felt too good to be true at times and there was a lot of planning and shopping that went into this transition. Fast forward many months later. We've been living together for almost three months now. Let us just say it has been interesting. We thought we spent a lot of time together before, but now it's 24/7. The "honeymoon phase" quickly went away. With worrying about school work and learning a new campus, plus being almost three hours away from home. We had other things to worry about than "oh my god, we're living together!"

People say you think you know a person until you live with them or money is involved and boy, are they right. We've always been very close and communicated relatively well throughout our relationship, but living together brings out new details in a person you did not know.

For instance, I'm a neat and a germ freak when it comes to living at college. Him, not so much. Therefore, I have to ask multiple times before something gets done. My parents would tell me this is karma because I used to be the same way. He also leaves his clothes everywhere! It drives me crazy. We also fight about things we've never fought or worried about before. Like doing the dishes or whose turn it is to cook dinner. Instead of constantly trying to find time for each other like in the past, we have started to appreciate being home and having our alone time a little more.

Overall, it has been a roller coaster ride, but I wouldn't have it any other way. After coming off such a horrible year, it is really nice having my favorite person to constantly lean on and experience life with. In the end, it'll either bring us closer together and make our relationship stronger or we'll kill each other. Stay tuned!

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To The Woman Who Needs To Be Wanted, Don’t Let Men Be Your Vice

It will only make you begin to despise yourself.
Cai Parks
Cai Parks
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By definition, a vice is a habitual or trivial defect... a shortcoming. Everyone has a vice.

Mine was men.

I always felt abandoned by the men in my life. I always clung to the opinions and attention of the boys around me...fighting for it in any way I could.

When I was younger, it was easy to get the attention of the boys my age by just dressing cute and having a bubbly personality.

As I got older though, I noticed that I was having to work harder and harder for their attention. Eventually, it turned into me feeling like I had to give myself to them in any way they asked to get their attention.

So that’s what I did.

I used my body as a way to fill some kind of void that I thought could be filled with the love of a man.

As the years went on, I felt myself clinging to not their love, but their lust.

I no longer cared about their love.

I just wanted to hear them call me hot, sexy, or beautiful. I knew they were using me.

I didn’t care.

I needed them to want me.

I needed them to beg.

I needed to feel needed.

For any woman who might feel as though a man’s lust for you can fill that deep void in your heart, take a step back. Trivial, temporary things like that will only make your heart heavier.

It will only make you begin to despise yourself.

There’s nothing wrong with living life the way you want or with who you want, but don’t use that lifestyle simply as a way to make you feel wanted.

Because my Prince Charming came into my life and I no longer needed any other man.

I finally felt truly loved and he helped me to learn that even without him, I would be more than a body.

He helped me see that I was a body, face, brain, smile, laugh, personality, and everything in between.

I am a strong woman now that I know my worth.

You are a strong woman.

Show your strength.

Know your worth.

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Everything You Should Know Before Dating A Fitness Instructor

Sex, weights, cheat meal dates.

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As a fitness trainer, I know how much we love our job. How much we love the people we help and encourage. How much we never want to stop doing what we do. Yet, it's not all sunshine and rainbows. My boyfriend has to put up with some things that probably, kinda sorta are unconventional. But, he's living his dream (his words).

No matter what they teach, personal training, yoga, pilates, barre, HIIT, I could go on and on, but either way, they are passionate about the people they work with. This fire follows them throughout their life and will most definitely influence you.

1. Constant practicing

Don't be alarmed if you wake up to find her up and about practicing her routines for a class/client.

2. Gushing about a client who has been killing it 

No matter how much of a tough cookie we are, clients touch our hearts.

3. She's flexible

You. Are. Welcome. My best friends always introduce me to guys with, "She's really flexible ;)"

4. There's a routine, stick to it

We may be flexible, but don't come between her and her schedule. She is supported by her routine.

5. You are now a fitness class guinea pig

She needs you to help her rehearse. Approach her practice tests with enthusiasm and just have fun.

6. She'll never judge you

Don't ever feel pressured or intimidated. We love you for you. And, news flash, we are not perfect.

7. Always learning

Learning never ends. Learning new routines, learning new people, learning new emotions, learning new approaches to life.

8. And always eating

Teaching a few classes a day is tough on the body. We need our snacks. All. The. Time.

9. Stretches before bed... every night

No matter how tiring and long the day was, she will make sure to fit it a quick bend and no break.

10. The funny things that happened during class

Story time: One time I taught and my pants ripped. Only made the class more fun!

11. Shaker bottle vases

There's no need for vases, when shaker bottles do you justice. The first time my boyfriend brought home roses, I didn't have a vase so we improvised and used a shaker bottle. Now, that's the only vase we will ever need.

12. Free personal training

It's your dream come true. Fitness is at your right hand at all times. Plus, we will be pumped to start talking to you about our passion.

13. She talks endlessly about how well/not well your class went

Sometimes we kill it and sometimes... we fall a little short.

14.  Chugging water

We need to stay hydrated! Plus, she'll be your water tracker as she bugs you to drink with her. Shots! Shots! Shots (of water)!

15. Team work makes the dream work

There is no "I" in team and fitness instructors know the strength of collaboration and support. No one can go through journey a journey alone.

16. She wakes you up early to go on a run

Let's take a jog to the beach and watch the sunrise!

17. Protein, protein, and more protein

She doesn't have to be a weight lifter to assure that she nourishes her body with enough protein (from any source you prefer). My cupboard is always stocked with lentils and chickpeas.

18. Watching her watch fitness videos to get ideas

While you're reading the news, scrolling through Instagram, or just chilling out, she'll be watching workout videos or saving posts from fitness accounts.

19. Goes to bed super early

We need at least eight hours of beauty sleep and, let's be real, we are grandpas.

20.  She lives off of Spotify playlists

Wait, do you hear that song? What's it called, I need to add it to my workout playlist. Plus, she loves to sing (even if she isn't that good).

21.  Pulse 2, 3, 4

While she does chores, she'll start reciting her catchphrases and mantras.

22.  She's your forever cheerleader

Getting out of bed? If you don't squeeze it, no one else will! Washing the dishes? Let's go, you've got this! Running to the bathroom? One more minute! 30 more seconds! Mowing the lawn? You better feel it tomorrow!

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