A story of addiction and the father I lost

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We all have our pet peeves, things that irritate us to a point of near madness. Maybe you can’t stand it when someone talks with food in their mouth. Perhaps you feel your rage rising to the surface when you’re being micro-managed. I, on the other hand, absolutely can’t stand it when people say two things:

  1. That video games promote violence.
  2. That daughters need their fathers.

I can’t explain the level of frustration I feel when someone utters either of these beliefs. The first phrase pisses me off for obvious reasons: I love video games. I grew up with them…


Don’t let these myths keep you from smashing success

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When I made the decision to dive into freelancing, I was burdened with worry. Despite knowing that I wanted to be my own boss, work on my own schedule, and take on projects that I was truly passionate about, I’d heard so many things that made me think it wasn’t plausible for me.

If you’ve been on Medium for a reasonable amount of time, I’m sure you’re used to seeing the success stories. The platform is stuffed with stories of up-and-coming freelancers and established freelancers alike who are singing the praises of the lifestyle. How I Made $5,000 Dollars This…


What makes life worth living even on the worst days

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For the last month, I’ve been keeping a daily gratitude journal. My therapist recommended it to me and, although I was reluctant to make it a daily habit (forming daily habits has never been my strong suit as someone with ADHD), I decided to give it my all.

While I’ve struggled a bit with keeping up with it daily, I’ve found that there have been so many moments in which my gratitude journal has helped to rewire my brain bit by bit. …


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Thank you so much for your comment, Carol. You're so right. I've often thought of dogs as little Zen masters that can honestly teach us so much about the "right" way to live and Jersey always taught me that- especially so now that she is gone. Thank you for taking the time to read this post which I've dedicated to my furry friend. I really appreciate it and I'm glad you liked it!


Man’s best friend believes in you

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My dog, Jersey, was the love of my life.

The moment I laid my eyes on her at the ASPCA, she had my heart. She started barking excitedly the moment she saw me and there was so much love in her eyes. Something said, “this is the one” and the rest is history.

Jersey was in my life for a little over seven years and I loved her more than I love most people. …


Science-backed reasons to form a routine and simplify your life

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As someone diagnosed with ADHD (combined type) in my early twenties, I have always struggled with keeping a routine. It always seemed so much easier to just fly by the seat of my pants and take each day one by one, never constraining myself to a schedule. As I’ve learned in the years since this was a classic case of me working against myself. As it turns out, failing to create and stick to a schedule only made my life 10 times harder.

If you or someone you love lives with ADHD, there are 4 science-backed reasons to sit down…


“Mysterious” doesn’t even begin to describe these bizarre cases

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If you consider yourself a true crime lover, you’re probably familiar with the thrill that comes with solved true crime cases. Whenever a horrendous murder occurs, we armchair detectives find ourselves diving into every aspect of the crime, and, as proven puzzle lovers, we want to find answers.

That being said, sometimes cases go unsolved. Experts estimate, based on UCR data, that our nation currently has 250,000 unsolved murders and this number is thought to increase by about 6,000 cases per year. …


“Writing great content is a choice”

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For the last month or so, I’ve found it incredibly difficult to come up with ideas for Medium stories. Like, outrageously hard. I’ve been wracking my brain, spending an hour at a time sitting on the couch with my trusty notebook in hand, waiting for ideas to start pouring into my brain from the figurative basin of inspiration. And nothing came. Well, I guess I should admit that there were ideas but, well, none of them felt good enough.

Today, I had a session with my therapist in which I told her about my success in finally cranking out a…


Why are we so addicted to the darker side of life?

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I’ve been addicted to true-crime from an early age. When I was around 12 years old, I remember gleefully sitting down with my family on weeknights to enjoy the latest episode of Forensic Files and 48 Hours. As I grew older, my love for true-crime only grew along with me. Soon, I was consuming one true-crime book after the other, spending my free time reading massively popular classics such as The Stranger Beside Me, Helter Skelter, and Mindhunter. I was widely known as the girl with “an unhealthy true-crime obsession” amongst friends.

When I reached my twenties, true crime podcasts…

Renee Rose

Freelance Writer. Blogger. UFO enthusiast and lover of space. Email me at: reneerosefreelancing@gmail.com

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