Toxicity

Recently, there’s been a surge of people discussing and exposing toxic behavior on social media and in their personal lives. When this first started happening, I was (well, still am) clapping my hands and even wrote a post on identifying toxic relationships; however, I’ve noticed that saying, “oh, that’s toxic!” when any disagreement happens is…

Aha! Identifying and Coping with Manipulative and Narcissistic Relationships

Manipulateverb (used with object), ma·nip·u·lat·ed, ma·nip·u·lat·ing. to manage or influence skillfully, especially in an unfair manner: to manipulate people's feelings.Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a mental health condition characterized by: an inflated sense of importancea deep need for excessive attention and admirationlack of empathy for othersoften having troubled relationships Things a manipulative or narcissistic person does: 1) Knowingly hurts you, but when in your presence acts as a confidante,…

My Travels in Sweden! Part 1

Traveling to Sweden was such a fantastic experience. I departed from Des Moines, IA, and traveled to Stockholm and Oskarshamn. I went with a group of classmates to study abroad at KTH and Stockholm University. ItineraryDay OneDeparted Des Moines Airport Day TwoArrived at Arlanda Airport in StockholmChecked in to Zinkensdamm hostel~1:00pm City Tour – Gamla…