Rock bottom

I didn’t do well in law school.

And I moved back home.

My mom needs dialysis soon…

And later today, I may possibly have to put my best friend of 14 years down… My little chihuahua.

While trying to be strong for her on our way to the vet and all of today.

Not only that but I can’t find a job, and school isn’t starting soon.

I feel at such a low point with all of this, plus trying to be strong with my own health declining.

I just want things to freeze in time. Or that I wake up from this nightmare of not doing well or that my mom isn’t dieing and that my dog is really healthy and that my organs are perfectly fine.

But this is life, isn’t it?

21 Thoughts You Have Daily If You’re A Functional Hot Mess

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

You're the WorstYou’re the Worst

1. “I need to get my shit together.”

2. “This is the week I get my shit together.”

3. “I need to text ____ back.”

4. “I’ll text them back…later.”

5. “When’s the last time I checked my mailbox? I never get mail but, I mean. There might be something important.”

6. “Oh cool, six weeks of coupons.”

7. “Are my favorite pants clean? I guess I’m not wearing pants today. I have to put on pants to leave the house, right? I guess I am wearing dirty pants today.”

8. “I should do laundry.”

9. “How am I STARVING? Oh shit. Have I eaten today?”

10. “I need to buy groceries.”

11. “I’ll just buy lunch, just today. As a treat. Tomorrow I’ll buy groceries.”

12. “Where are my keys?”

13.
“How is it 3:00 PM already?”

14. “Okay I am going to just make that…

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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

Originally posted on TIME:

President Barack Obama announced a proposal Thursday to provide two years of free community-college tuition to American students who maintain good grades.

“Put simply, what I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everyone who’s willing to work for it,” Obama said in a video filmed Wednesday aboard Air Force One and posted to Facebook. He made the announcement as part of his pre–State of the Union tour and will formally lay out the proposal Friday in a speech in Tennessee.

The White House estimated it would save the average community-college student $3,800 annually and said it could benefit 9 million if fully realized.

White House domestic-policy director Cecilia Muñoz said the proposal is a federal-state partnership, with federal funding covering 75% of the tuitions and participating states will be expected to pick up the rest of the tab. Muñoz said legislation…

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Windy City Rollers to Host Body By Derby Photo Shoot for Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming Skaters

Cedelle:

I saw them in person 2 years ago.

Originally posted on Derby Frontier:

Written by Kevin Dennison

Body By Derby, a photo series which documents the various body types of active skaters and the physical effects that the sport of roller derby has on players, is heading to Chicago, Illinois this upcoming January 3, 2015. Hosted by the Windy City Rollers, the shoot will not only focus on the league itself but will also include a set for any actively skating transgender or Gender Non-Nonforming (GNC) athletes who want to participate. So, whether you identify as a transwoman, transman, transmasculine, transfeminine, genderqueer, genderfluid, androgynous, bigender, non-binary, or anywhere else outside of cisfemale or cismale, you are welcome to sign up as long as you are an active skater who has meet all of the requirements of your league to be eligible to bout!

For Cory Layman, the creator and photographer behind Body By Derby, this shoot will allow him to interact…

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How to Get People to Like You: 7 Ways From an FBI Behavior Expert

Originally posted on TIME:

Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?

Research shows relationships are vital to happiness and networking is the key to getting jobs and building a fulfilling career.

But what’s the best way to build rapport and create trust? Plain and simple, who can explain how to get people to like you?

Robin Dreeke can.

Robin was head of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Program and has studied interpersonal relations for over 27 years.

He is the author of the excellent book, It’s Not All About “Me”: The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone.

I gave Robin a call to get some answers. (Note that Robin is not speaking for the FBI here, these are his expert insights.)

You’re going to learn:

  1. The #1 secret to clicking…

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Frozen Director Now Apologizes to Parents for ‘Let It Go’

Cedelle:

I still sing these songs because they are good.

Originally posted on TIME:

You’d think the woman behind the most successful animated film of all time would be thrilled that kids are still so enchanted by it more than a year later. But Jennifer Lee, the director of Frozen, says she now finds herself apologizing to parents whose kids are still obsessed with the film and its Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.”

“A year ago, I’d meet people who, when they found out who I was, they’d say, ‘Oh, we love the songs! We sing them all the time.’ Now they’re like, ‘Yep, we’re still listening to those songs,'” Lee told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve gone from, ‘Thank you,’ to, ‘Sorry!'”

The popular anthem was sung by Idina Menzel in the film and went on to be a worldwide hit, breaking the top ten in numerous charts including the Billboard Hot 100.

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Read next: Frozen Meets Christmas…

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