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  • Online dating is the new socializing
  • Street smart is better than being book smart
  • Common chat abbreviations: lol, irl, ttyl, wth, wtf, idk, fyi, imo, rofl, lmao, wfh, brb
  • Sarcasm
  • Computer games can be good for you (in these areas: concentration, memory, logic, attention-to-detail, and speed)
  • College doesn’t equate to a 6-figure salary
  • Weight training won’t make me look like a man
  • People I meet online aren’t always rapists, serial killers, or psychopaths
  • Whole milk can make you more lean than drinking 1% or 2% lowfat milk
  • If I don’t call, it doesn’t mean I don’t care (it’s because I’m hustling hard for my future)
  • Hanging out with a guy doesn’t make him my boyfriend
  • A more expensive tag doesn’t mean better quality
  • Working from home can make good $, possibly more than a 9–5 job
  • Eating healthy doesn’t mean grabbing another helping of guacamole, nuts, or whole grain bread
  • I’m not living under the same roof as you because I’m lazy. I just can’t afford to live on my own (yet)

Editor’s note: Giving credit to Catherine Cohen for the original piece: 25 Things I Thought I Would Have by the Time I Turned 25.

I’m rebuilding my life by discovering who I am, learning what I’m capable of after a 9 year heartbreak that left me stranded in China.

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