11 Lessons I Learned After 3 Years In New York City
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Three years ago on this date, I left my hometown and flew to New York City with what now seems like very little. Of course, I didn’t have as much money as would have been ideal, and I didn’t know everything there was to know about this city, but I…

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Three Things That Happened When I Started To Be Open About Who I Am
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One of the things my friends would be likely to tell you about me is that I’m “not afraid to be who I am.” It’s a really nice thing to say, and it has been an interesting idea to me for some time now, for a few different reasons. The…

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My Experience With Bipolar, An FAQ
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Something that I don’t talk about enough is my own experience with bipolar disorder. I am pretty open about the fact that I am bipolar, but I feel like people aren’t able to connect the fact that I’m bipolar with the fact that I am also one of the most…

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I Paid $4 To Have Donations Picked Up From My Apartment & Dropped Off. Here’s How.
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I moved to NYC with a couple suitcases and a few thousand dollars, and almost 3 years later I find myself with more clothes, shoes, and decor that I could handle. Like almost every person I know in this city, I don’t really have much room to just be storing…

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The 6 Things That Made This The Best Summer Of My Life
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I’ll just come out and say that this has been the best summer of my life, and I’m really sad to see it go. I have had such a blast, and I feel like a whole new version of myself that I’m so in love with. So much happened and…

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I Made My Own “Passion Map” and You Can Too!
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I recently turned 25 and I’m proud of where I am, but I know there is so much more ahead for me. It seems like a great time to create a new 5-year plan, but how am I supposed to know what 30-year-old Ben is even going to want 5…

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Why I Always Tell People I’m Having A Great Day (Even If I’m Not)
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By Benjamin Hawes June 22, 2017 If you’ve ever passed me on the street and asked me how I’m doing, I’ve probably told you something like “I’m SO good!” or  “I’m having the best day ever!” Without fail, people laugh when I say things like this, and it’s because they…

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My Coming Out Story – Six Years Later
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Written by Benjamin Hawes | June 1, 2017 — Today is the first day of LGBT Pride Month, and I had the realization that I have been openly gay for 6 years. A week from today, I turn 25, and I have been open about being gay now for 6 full…

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