Blog Profile / xoJane

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Come Together and Comment Forever in Your Indefinitely Infinite Open Thread

last yearLifestyle : xoJane

I'm not a writer. Not that I needed to tell you that. I love finding and encouraging writers, and I love giving them places to tell their stories to more people than might hear them otherwise. I also love finding people who don't consider themselves writers and showing them that if they can talk... Continue reading

It Happened to Me: It All Turned Out OK

last yearLifestyle : xoJane

I am not a professional writer, a fact that had to have become evident over time writing here. When I was a teen growing up in Peoria, Arizona in the '90s, Sassy was the alternate universe to a Seventeen I was never going to be. When I saw a call for recipe writing a few years ago, I saw a tiny... Continue reading

Trump Winning the Election Has Put a New Strain on My Interracial Relationship

last yearLifestyle : xoJane

The sappiest thing I often tell people is that “David came to New York one weekend and never left."It’s partially true because, with no real plan or job, David began visiting me frequently here in New York while he lived in Chicago. We had met only a couple of months prior, but there was something... Continue reading

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Farted in My Tattoo Artist's Face While Getting My First Tattoo

last yearLifestyle : xoJane

“Wait one more year,” my mom kept telling me. I was 18 and like every other person “coming of age,” I wanted my first tattoo. I wasn’t particularly rebellious or whatever you want to call it. I was just young, and to be honest, I thought it would be cool to get a tattoo. I wanted a meaningful Bible... Continue reading

Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Why xoJane (and You) Will Always Be Home

last yearLifestyle : xoJane

Dear xoJane,It's been more than a year since I've written here, since I've done more than read articles and then click away to the next thing, whatever that thing might be. My life changed all in one stroke — the death of an important family member, a job change, a big move, a novel. And xoJane,... Continue reading

On the Women Who Pushed Me — As a Writer and in Wheelchairs

last yearLifestyle : xoJane

Two women are responsible for changing my life: Joy Nash and Emily McCombs. One of those women I've often described as having the "road map" of my heart, the other I've never actually met in real life but was the first person who ever took a chance on my words. It was 2012 and I'd been... Continue reading

IT HAPPENED TO ME: My Father, Aunt and Uncle All Died Within a Four-Month Span

last yearLifestyle : xoJane

Your senior year of college can be the most exciting and terrifying stages in a person’s life. Preparing for the real world is stressful — but having three family members pass within four months can take make even the most stoic person lose their mind. My comedian uncle, my... Continue reading

The Story of How xoJane Made Me

last yearLifestyle : xoJane

Readers, pals, haters, and friends: Gather round the campfire with me one more time? and I’ll tell the tale of how I came to be among you for the past five glorious years. (It’s really been that long — can you believe it?!)Way, way back in January of 2012, I sent a crazily unpolished essay about my... Continue reading

Let's Make 2017 Less Terrible Together, OK?

last yearLifestyle : xoJane

Well, homechickens, it's been a long road together. When the inestimable and amazing Lesley Kinzel popped up in my inbox in September 2011, asking if I was interested in joining this new site she was working on, I said, "sure, why not." After jumping up and down and screaming and calling my best... Continue reading

IT HAPPENED TO ME: A Group of Japanese Tourists Got Angry at Me for Claiming to Be Japanese

last yearLifestyle : xoJane

The United States is one of the only countries, if not the only country, that defines a person by biological percentages. How much of a certain ethnicity you are matters significantly to this day. For example, to stay on a reserve, you need to be a certain percentage of Native American, and in... Continue reading

CREEPY CORNER: So Long and Thanks For All the Creeps!

last yearLifestyle : xoJane

I left Seattle when I was 12. We packed up the big, oddly-shaped house I'd spent what felt like a lifetime in (it was actually only six years) and put everything in a moving van to speed off to Texas. People talk about how their homes feel empty, like a shell, once all their stuff is... Continue reading

My SJW Meme Facebook Group Has Changed the Way I Make Friends

last yearLifestyle : xoJane

Just over a year ago, I moved 4,000 kilometers away from my home city of Vancouver to Toronto. I found myself alone in a new place I had never visited before with absolutely no friends or job in the middle of winter. While this was one of the most challenging and terrifying periods of my life, it... Continue reading

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