An unexpected new life

“We have decided that we’ll be terminating your contract.”

Wednesday, 2 weeks ago, 5PM. I was about to leave work when my boss called me into his office and spoke these words. I’ve since repeated those words at least 5 million times in my head.

Unexpectedly, because there was absolutely no valid reason for them firing me. Fortunately, because I had already been looking for a different job for over a month. Circumstances weren’t ideal. This was the nudge I needed to get my shit together and move on to a new life. A better life. With a job I actually loved and left me feeling good about myself, complete. But I never could’ve guessed that merely a week later, I’d find the job I’d always been looking for.

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Never forget: Michael Jackson

There are certain historic events that will be ingrained in your memory forever. You will always remember where you were when you first heard the news. The press storm that happened the following days. The incredulous reactions from people around you.

Today, it has been exactly 5 years since Michael Jackson left this world. And I will always remember where I was when I heard the terrible news.

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Unexpected changes

There are certain facts in life that are irrefutable and unchanging. Gravity. The speed of light. Brad Pitt’s timeless beauty. The fact that I hate Coldplay’s music with the passion of a thousand burning suns.

I really tried. I went to see them when they were performing at a festival, but I ran away screaming after one song. I tried to catch on to the Viva La Vida hype during the summer of 2008, but the excessive bell-tolling in that song still gives me the creeps.

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10 years of Friends: my favorite moments

Today, it has been exactly 10 years since the Friends series finale has aired. Now, if you even know me at all, you’ll know that I’ve seen all the Friends seasons an obscene amount of times. For 5 years on end, I used to watch at least 3 to 4 episodes a day. Give me a line and I can tell you which season and episode it’s from. I can be annoyingly unstoppable with the quotes when I meet a fellow Friend fiend.

And to celebrate this joyous occasion, here are my 10 absolute favorite moments of the 10 series – in no particular order. Asking me what’s my absolute favorite scene is my personal Sophie’s choice.

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Extreme Hoarders: Souvenir Edition

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These are Tom Haverford’s (Parks & Recreation) wise words. Hi, my name is Yasmine and I hoard memorabilia like there’s no tomorrow. I’m no hoarder in the Leslie Knope sense of the word, but throughout my years of traveling I have collected my fair share of plane tickets, maps, postcards, and entry tickets to a wide variety of parks and landmarks. However, when it comes to souvenirs, I’m not one to buy a T-shirt, two keychains, five pairs of socks, and 30 postcards in every place I visit. I’d rather come back from a trip with 2 or 3 souvenirs that actually mean something to me. Here’s my 5 favorite souvenirs that I have brought back from all over the world.

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