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Where I Come From: Acres of Small Town Wonder – Darling Magazine

“Where I Come From” is a Darling series that pays homage to the cities, towns and countries that we call home. Although we are not defined by where we come from, these places are a defining part of our stories.  Where I come from does not look like much Less than 500 people in the […]

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Why Should Acknowledge and Process Envy – Darling Magazine

Befriending envy is a counter-intuitive response to an emotion that is often judged harshly. It can leave us feeling all kinds of yuck inside, too. Yet, underneath this green monster of an emotion is powerful data that can inform and guide you in all areas of your life. It can inspire iteration, improvement and a […]

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5 Style Staples That Are Timeless – Darling Magazine

In 2019, the buzzword on everyone’s tongue was “sustainability.” Inspired by activists like Greta Thunberg, the whole world took up the rally cry of change.  In the fashion world, style icons like Emma Watson have been practicing sustainable style choices for years, like Watson’s 2016 Met Gala gown made entirely from recycled bottles. It was crafted […]

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The Value of Watering the Grass Where Are – Darling Magazine

Whether a new member of a city or a seasoned resident, it is easy to feel like you are merely existing within your community. When work and life exhaust your day, it is hard to feel any desire to participate in extra obligations. While there is no requirement in life to be involved in the […]

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Travel Diaries: Play, Learn, Serve and Rest Well in Scottsdale – Darling Magazine

“Travel Diaries: Play, Learn, Serve and Rest Well” is a series about the idea of traveling well in a society that minimizes adventure and exploration to mere Instagram likes.  For those seeking refuge from cold temperatures, Scottsdale, Arizona is a best-kept secret for winter travelers with a 33 percent lower average booking rate than late […]

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Reverse Culture Shock Is a Thing: Here’s How to Deal – Darling Magazine

I didn’t cry when I left home. I didn’t cry when I got bed bugs at an expensive hostel in Singapore, when a cat peed on my bed in Japan, when I had an asthma attack in Togo or food poisoning in Cambodia. I didn’t cry when I spent a night being harassed by teenagers […]

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Why Should Acknowledge and Process Disappointment – Darling Magazine

I grew up hearing the message to expect the worst. This way when things didn’t go as I had hoped, I would not be disappointed. Although well-intentioned, this advice failed miserably. In reality, I was disappointed but I felt even worse because there was this expectation to get over it quickly and move on.  I see […]

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Letters to My Younger Self: The 17-Year-Old Who Lives for the Approval of Others – Darling Magazine

Letters to My Younger Self is a series focused on wisdom and self-awareness. Just as you write letters to a friend to encourage and uplift them, here is the advice we would go back and tell our younger ourselves. Dear 17-Year-Old Self, In just a few moments, you’re going to close your locker and begin your […]

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I Would Rather Be Outdoors Than Anywhere Else – Darling Magazine

Most of my childhood was spent outside. I grew up on the same farm where my dad grew up. My grandparents still live less than a mile down the road, and my sister and I could ride our beat-up bikes through the field between our homes to go swimming in the summer, ride the tractor […]

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Financial Tips We Wish We Would Have Learned in Grade School – Darling Magazine

How many times have you lamented, “Why didn’t they teach me this in school?” when the time comes to pay your taxes? K-12 education fulfills a variety of purposes, but most schools leave financial literacy off the curriculum. This absence means you need to learn these lessons independently—often after making pricey mistakes.  Consider the following […]

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