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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 also didn’t even know what I wanted to do for work. When I look back and think about what I really had when I made…

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 first reason is that people have been saying this about me since before I actually felt secure in who I was. The second is that…

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 consistently positive people they know. I get it– a lot of times, people who are bipolar have obvious stories of struggle and sometimes you can…

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 stuff. Also, like almost every person I know who has moved here, my fitness has improved and my style has been bumped up a few…

My Latest Posts

I Just Did A 30 Day Mind and Body Reset (and How You Can Too)

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By Benjamin Hawes March 12th, 2016  When the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve and it was finally 2017, my plan for the year was to kick ass. There were goals I wanted to achieve, money I wanted to make, and ideas I wanted…

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Here’s Why I Decided To March for Women

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Written by Benjamin Hawes January 22, 2017 As I marched through the streets of our nation’s capital this weekend, I couldn’t help but think of the stories of others who have marched these streets through American History. Millions of people stood up for women’s rights,…

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12 Things Americans Can Do To Reject Injustice in 2017

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12 Things Americans Can Do To Reject Injustice in 2017 Written by Benjamin Hawes  I cannot help but think about the current state of America when reflecting on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. When I consider the difference between MLK and myself,…

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Ben’s 3 Resolutions for 2017

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  2016 absolutely had low points, but as I reflect, I realize it was a pivotal year for me. I learned and I grew. I made mistakes, and I was told no so many times that it broke me. When I turned 24 in June,…

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From a Millennial: 5 Things I’m Tired Of Hearing

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  Hello World, There has been a mistake in the perception of my generation, and I’m sorry to see that, but don’t worry! I’m here to help. I wanted to send this post out to help clear things up. Here a list of misinformed assumptions,…

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So Here I Am: Ben’s Reactions to Election Results

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November 10, 2016; 5:44AM by Benjamin Hawes When I was twelve years old, I had a teacher whose name I cannot remember, but whose lessons I can. Every day I would walk into his classroom for fourth period world history, and listen and learn about…

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The Ten Things That Define Who I Am

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Identity is obviously so important, and it’s also super relevant. A few years ago, I wrote a post called “Here are literally 50 things you can talk to me about other than me being gay” and it was a cool way to reflect on who…

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Ben’s 7 Steps Toward Total Happiness

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People would say I’m v happy, and that’s because I am. A friend of mine ask me how I do it, and that’s how I decide on all of my blog posts. So here are my 7 steps for total happiness in this world. Let’s…

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Headshots: My Idea For A Dream Karaoke Bar

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Ever since I saw the movie “Burlesque” with Cher and Christina Aguilera, I have been able to envision myself opening a hot bar and nightclub where people come to have the time of their lives, and I could become a local icon. I already have…

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