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Elisabeth Ovesen
3x New York Times bestselling author, copywriter, and columnist. lilibetovesen.com

LIFE CHANGES

Make a concerted effort to stop doing the same thing you’ve always done under the guise of doing it better, and instead, do something different.

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Dear Level

A man who acts like a child is the biggest turnoff of all

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JOEY + ME

We were clamoring for some kind of stability, even and especially if we had to make it ourselves.

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MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS

Today, I honor my abusive mother for the few things she did right.

My two younger sisters, my mother, and me.


RELATIONSHIPS

When they say a break-up can feel like a death, they’re not kidding, but this one feels more like a straight-up murder.

Photo: Sitting on my kitchen counter eating my feelings.


JOEY + ME

It didn’t take long for Joey to fall prey to not just the pitfalls of living in the Bronx but of being the son of two addicts.

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JOEY + ME

After all I’d been through, I was so deeply introverted that at a time when most kids were making lifelong friends and memories, I was making neither.

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JOEY + ME

Each generation brought with it another layer of fear, anxiety, depression, addiction, violence, loss, and abandonment, and all of it sat heavily on my petite frame.

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RELATIONSHIPS

It’s not his gorgeous penis, his looks, attitude, or success that attracts me most. It’s the idea that it’s not too late for me.

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Dear Level

Respect the boundaries of your relationship—monogamous or otherwise—for a drama-free love life

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