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5 Lessons Learned from Road Trips

Since our son was born three years ago, our family has taken two big road trips. Prior to these road trips, the furthest I had traveled was...

The One Thing We All Need

Growing up in a conservative homeschool setting, the world was black and white. Things were simple. The outside world was dangerous, but we believed as long as...

My Taylor Swift Mixtape of Life Lessons

I've been a fan of Taylor Swift's from the moment I heard "Our Song" when I was a young teen. My best friend and I used to...

5 New Additions to My Self-Care Routine

I've been absent from content creation lately, and not by choice. Some unexpected circumstances have meant that I have had to focus all my energy on the...

What Taylor Swift Songs Taught Me About Love That Purity Culture Didn’t

Taylor Swift knows a lot about love. She has been writing songs about it and her experiences for some years now! That said, I wouldn't call her...

5 Things Purity Culture Didn’t Teach Me About Men

Growing up, I had some weird ideas about men. These ideas stemmed from the purity culture that I was surrounded by, which simultaneously idolized and outlawed anything...

Purity Rings and Personal Values

There is a fine line in my mind that divides between instances when a person "should" and "shouldn't" wear a purity ring. I don't use "should" as...

6 Myths about Women and Sex

The world is rife with misconceptions and mischaracterizations about sex. If you learned about it from bad marriage books, social media, or pornography, the confusion can be...

The Basics of Sexual Pleasure

I previously wrote a post on How to Get Used to Sex When You've Been Raised to be Ashamed, but it was cursory and mainly an overview...
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