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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 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…

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 I had so much fun. I wanted to sit down and reflect so that one day when I’m old and bored I can look back and…

My Latest Posts

What If Ben Won The Lottery?

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I woke up to so many tweets from people who unfortunately did not win the lottery today. So sad for them! Winning the lottery is something that I obviously think about every minute of the day, but I have never bought a ticket. Timing is…

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16 of Ben’s Kick-Ass New Year’s Resolutions For 2016

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For many years now, NYE has just been my favorite day of the year. I joke that the reason I like it is because it’s the only day of the year when we can talk about ourselves and nobody is the outsider. But in reality, it’s kind…

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An Open Letter To My Mom

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As I grow older, I have realized the great number of lessons and values you have shown me. There are about three million things that I know that I wouldn’t have known if it weren’t for you. I will always clearly remember the things you have…

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How To Perfect The Benjamin Hawes Brand

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People always tell me that I’m great when it comes to knowing who I am. They’re right. I know all the ins and outs of the Benjamin Hawes brand, and I want to lay it out for you. Just in case you ever want to…

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The First 20 Foods I Could Think of (That I Would Eat As A Very Picky Eater)

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Hey All!  Most of you know that I am the world’s pickiest* eater, and this came up in conversation at work yesterday. I have a very funny friend who told me to list the first twenty foods I can come up with that I would…

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These Are The Top 5 Liquor Shots. Is Your Favorite Actually #1?

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If you know me, you know I am a real alcohol lover, but I’m also quite picky, and I think that a lot of alcohol tastes as terrible as anything has ever tasted. Yes, I have a signature drink, and I want to talk about…

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An Open Letter to My Future Children (Don’t Cross Me)

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To my future kids, I wanted to write this letter to you all and let you know a few things that I expect of you. I have gone years and years saying “I’m never having kids” and “why would I do that to myself,” however,…

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From a Superfan: My Actual Reaction to Miley’s New Album

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It is well known that Miley Cyrus is my favorite artist/singer/performer. Everyone knows that. I read an article in Marie Claire a few weeks back where Miley announced that her next album would be released for free, and I was of course excited. Last night,…

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My Funeral Wishes and Why They’re The BEST.

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I feel like I am always thinking about my funeral, my death, my burial/cremation, etc. I want to set out the guidelines to my ideal ceremony, and don’t you worry, I’m not planning on dying any time soon. I just want everyone to know what…

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