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I’m one of those people who doesn't like to be alone with their thoughts. Actually, it may be the opposite. Because I’m so obsessed with avoiding my negative thoughts that I must always be thinking of something else. Thinking to avoid thinking. Because of this, I’ve never let myself disengage. I can’t turn off. I truly believe it’s why I’ve also never been good at yoga. I’m too self aware. I can’t turn my brain off and just focus on my body. For these reasons, meditation has always been something I admired from afar but refused to attempt. The idea of making my mind blank seemed impossible. There was no way I’d be able to do it. It was one of those awful catch-22s. Meditation was supposed to help those who are stressed and stuck in their minds but only...

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Diana Vreeland was many things -- Editor-in-chief of Vogue, consultant at the Met's famous Costume Institute, fashion icon, world traveler, columnist. But one thing that's overlooked is her prolific way with words -- the way she was able to command attention and respect by the way she talked and wrote to you. We can all agree there was a certain 'je ne sais quoi' about the way our grandparents spoke in the 30's and 40's. Having grown up in that era, Vreeland never lost her charming way of delivery. As editor-in-chief of Vogue from 1963 to 1971, it's said that the staff of Vogue used to eagerly await her memos. Like her first column at Harper's Bazaar, 'Why Don't You', they were full of magic and unearthly advice. "Why don't you wash your blond child...

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There's a lot going on right now in the entertainment industry. While the news outlets, our friends and parents are acting surprised, many of us women are simply thinking, "Well, yea, didn't you know?" Didn't you know that men use their power to manipulate women? Didn't you know that almost all movies and TV shows depict strong male characters and subservient female ones? Didn't you know that many rap songs and catchy pop tunes (throwback to 'Blurred Lines') reinforce rape behavior? While many are excited about all the press and attention these scandals are getting, a lot of us are wondering, what now? What are all these Facebook statuses and tweets actually doing to change the dynamic? Jadagrace, an 18-year-old music artist, is one of those people ...

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