On most days, the best part of waking up is having your morning cup of coffee.

But if you’re anything like me, there are some days where you wake up and you’re feeling a bit adventurous. A cup of coffee doesn’t quite fit the bill and you wanna step outside of your everyday mocha routine to spice things up a bit.

Here’s a list of five of my favorite healthy and seasonal coffee-free drinks that I’ve been drinking whenever I feel the need to switch up my morning routine.

I hope you find one to enjoy!

Turmeric Latte

This latte is one…

There is a theory circulating around the internet that posits that your self-esteem is already established by the time you are 7 years old.

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This theory makes it seem like you’re helpless now to defend against the intrusive thoughts, negative self talk, and self-destructive impulses that prevent many of us from living our lives with purpose and passion because of our less-than-ideal childhoods.

While this theory is mainly used by parenting educators to emphasize the importance of fostering children’s self-esteem, many struggling adults cling to this as a reason explaining why we can’t seem to get out of our own…

Stop projecting your doomsday fantasies and victim complexes onto pregnant women.

I got pregnant in the spring of 2020.

Yes, in the midst of social distancing, quarantining, and widespread lockdown, life just couldn’t wait.

I kept telling my partner that I wanted kids, but the one thing I wanted to accomplish before getting pregnant was graduate college. I wanted my degree in hand before I held a baby in my arms.

Well, I graduated college with my bachelor’s degree on May 16th, and my estimated date of conception is May 31st.

If nothing else, folks, I am a woman of my word.

But like many pregnant women right now, my pregnancy…

To the creatives who can’t create:

The creatives who are stuck in a slump, a slump that started sometime in March, or was it April? No matter, a slump. A dark creative slump.

You know the one.

We told ourselves in the spring that this was going to be our year, lockdowns and quarantines be damned. We were going to push harder, dream bigger, and create more. We were going to be the creatives of our dreams since we had nowhere to go, no one to see, and nothing to do.

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We were going to finish penning our novels. We were going to actually edit the…

In case you forgot, Hobbit Day is September 22nd.

This fastly approaching holiday is a celebration of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ birthdays, the two hero hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth universe.

Back in the day when I was a teenager, I was obsessed with all things Middle Earth and Lord of the Rings. I attempted to learn Sindarin (one of Tolkien’s Elvish languages), I was heavily involved in many online LOTR fan clubs, and I was a collector of any and all things Lord of the Rings from plushies to movie extended editions. …

Anyone who has ever had a Shetland Sheepdog as a pet knows there is more to them than meets the eye. It’s almost as if they’re little people.

Shelties are considered one of the most intelligent dog breeds along with border collies and golden retrievers.

And for reference, I’ve owned both border collies and golden retrievers in the past. When I was younger, my sister adopted a rescue chocolate border collie named Bacchus. He was obsessed with tennis balls and he was always full of energy. He was nervous and anxious because he was a rescue, but he was a total sweetheart.

I also still have my best friend Danny, the 10 year old Golden Retriever who…

August 15th is International Homeless Animals’ Day.

On August 15th, many clinics, adoption centers, and pet care stores offer adopt-a-thons, spay and neuter drives, as well as candlelight vigils to honor the animal lives lost to human negligence.

What is International Homeless Animals’ Day?

The International Society for Animal Rights created the International Homeless Animals’ Day in 1992 to advocate on behalf of reducing the “pet overpopulation epidemic.”

What is the pet overpopulation epidemic?

Every year, nearly 8 million domestic companion animals (cats and dogs) arrive in shelters across the United States. Approximately 4 million are dogs and a little less than 3.5 million are cats.

Of this number, nearly 3 million…

I graduated college in May 2020 and I’m honestly so grateful that I was fortunate enough to finish my degree before this fall semester.

I remember back in the spring when everyone was saying that the world would return to normal by summertime and that the social distancing and switch to online learning would be figured out by the fall.

As I’m still subscribed to my alma mater’s newsletter the only thing I can say now about all that is… yikes.

Yikes. Two yikes. Because… yikes.

I graduated in May but I still have many friends who, like you, are contemplating whether or not going…

Rin Hunter

Creator, writer. 2020 grad, new mom, entrepreneur, and I also speak Chinese. Read more of my musings on rinhunter.com

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