One Twenty-Something’s Spiritual Journey: Let Us Pray

Let Us Pray

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
(Søren Kierkegaard)

Last month, I talked about appreciating life’s dandelion moments: tasks and actions that are all the richer when you’re fully present.  I had a number of these lately, driving from Ontario to Vancouver Island, a trip I’d made the other way only a year previous. Whether it…

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A World of Wanderlusting: Nice


A World of Wanderlusting” is  a weekly feature here on GenTwenty. Make sure you check back every Tuesday for the next installment. 

Pardon the pun, but Nice you are so nice. After a train ride down the the coast of France we arrived in Nice. The sun was shining and the beaches were warm and we were ready for some rest and relaxation. Since Nice was meant to be more relaxing and slow paced we…

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Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954; Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán.

Perhaps best known for her self-portraits, Kahlo’s work is remembered for its “pain and passion”, and its intense, vibrant colors. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.

Her work has also been described as surrealist, and in 1938 André Breton, principal initiator of the surrealist movement, described Kahlo’s art as a “ribbon around a bomb”.

During her lifetime, Frida created some 200 paintings, drawings and sketches related to her experiences in life, physical and emotional pain and her turbulent relationship with Diego. She produced 143 paintings, 55 of which are self-portraits. When asked why she painted so many self-portraits, Frida replied: “Because I am so often alone….because I am the subject I know best.” 

She also stated, “I was born a bitch. I was born a painter.” (x)

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Comparison and Spite: The Thieves of Joy

Comparison and Spite: The Thieves of Joy


Nourishment is not just about nourishing your body but also about nourishing your mind. Until you can clear your head of all the negativity it is hard to fully nourish your mind, body, and soul.

The most common thing I hear from people in their twenties is how they feel like they are not where they thought they would be in life. A lot of it seems to be based off ‘what this person is doing’ and…

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What It Means To Be a Writer

What It Means To Be a Writer


“Don’t be a writer.  Be writing.”
(William Faulkner)

When I was younger, I didn’t think about what it meant to be a writer. I just wrote. Somewhere along the way I lost that clarity of purpose, and I’m not the only one who learned to doubt their creative efforts. As a writing coach, I hear stories through my clients and through the research I do to stay current in my field about…

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You’re Never Ready, But You Need to Take the Leap Anyway

Raise your hand if you’ve ever asked yourself, “Am I really ready for this? Like, for real ready?” That question translates into:

Twenty-Something’s Dating Disaster Stories: The First Date / Have you ever had an absolutely awful first date?

One thing I think all single twenty-somethings can agree on is that the dating world is…

The Six Month Shopping Ban (And How It Jump Started My Path to Financial Freedom)

The Six Month Shopping Ban (And How It Jump Started My Path to Financial Freedom)

Shopping ban

Since March, I have been on a six-month shopping ban. That means, other than necessities, I have forbidden myself from shopping.

For me, shopping means buying clothes, shoes, jewelry or makeup, but for another girl it could be books, crafts supplies, cooking gadgets, sports gear, etc. This all started when I was packing up my life to move out of my parents’ house and into my own apartment for…

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Today is Malala Day! Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani blogger who drew global attention after the Taliban shot her in the head for advocating girls’ education, is celebrated her 17th birthday yesterday. 

Please join us in raising your voice for girls worldwide: #GirlSummit UNICEF

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The Art of Recognizing Your Inner Beauty

Inner Beauty

Do you ever walk into a room and feel like there is a giant elephant in the room?  The elephant being… you.

What woman can honestly say that she doesn’t have anybody image issues? Unfortunately, I have never met such a woman. Because that would mean that all those anxious, obsessive random thoughts about what others think when they look at you don’t ever come into play.  FAT. UGLY. DUMB.…

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Learning to Live Life Realistically in Your 20s

Learning to Live Life Realistically in Your 20s

Living Realistically

According to sitcoms we all know and love, at this phase in life we should have great careers, a fabulous group of friends, and wardrobes that rival the glossy pages of the most recent Vogue spread. (I’m thinking of you Sex and the City and Girlfriends.) If Disney movies gave any inkling into the way our lives should be, we’d all have been whisked away by the handsome prince, living in the lap…

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