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Andrea Bates
I am who I am and I like who that is.
I am who I am and I like who that is.

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Waiting To Exhale
I sit in the waiting area at the doctor's office and hold my breath. It's been a while. I know I've been off track. I feel it. Discomfort. The pulse beating at the surface of my skin. From the inside out. My face flushes. Tears - not yet leaking from my eye...

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5 Reasons You Haven't Been Writing and What To Do Next
It's so hard to be a blogger these days. We write because we love to write. We write because we want to write. And then, well, we write for so many other reasons. And sometimes we just don't write at all. Here are five reasons you (fine, maybe I) haven't ...

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10 Authors of Color To Add To Your Library
As I have pulled together my book lists for my site, I've noticed that a majority of the books I read have been written by white women. And so, over the last year or so I've made an effort to pay more attention to the authors I'm supporting. I've started in...

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5 Steps To Protect Your Mental Health In This Political Climate
Everyone knows we have a new President. Now, whether or not you're a fan of his, you're bound to find yourself wrapped up in so much political discussion pretty much every-freaking-where you look. Social media? Yes. Turn on the television? Yep. Online news ...

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11 Inspirational Books and Journals
There's a lot happening these days that might lead you right into a good book or a binge-watch of your favorite new television or Netflix show. But sometimes we need more. We need more than a cathartic cry with Code Black or This Is Us. We need more than a ...

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Talking To Our Children
On this day before the inauguration, I have decided to share these words I've been sitting on all week. It's been a trying week. A week of emotional and exhausting news. A week where we find ourselves worried about what the future holds, and what tomorrow b...

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How Much Do You Love Yourself?
I just bought this little pouch for myself. It's an important reminder I've been carrying with me and I love that I can now SEE it when I need to. #doALLthethings A photo posted by Andrea Bates (@goodgirlgonered) on Oct 16, 2016 at 11:40am PDT Some days the...

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Living With Heartache
Sometimes I forget that this is my space. I think too much and too hard and forget that I can write whatever I want here. And so, sometimes I take to social media and share thoughts with friends and then think, oh, I could totally share that with my readers...

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17 Books You Must Read in 2017
Every year I post a list of must-read books for the year ahead. I normally give you twelve amazing sounding books that you are going to want to pre-order and devour immediately. This year I've got seventeen books for you, because 2017 is going to be one hec...

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My Favorite Posts of 2016
2016 has been a heck of a year hasn't it? Many of us have watched our friends and loved ones struggle, or have experienced struggles of our own. Some of us have had amazing years, but watching the world around us go through changes and the like leave us con...
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