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Keep a journal, even if it’s only one line a day. It’s the map you’ll make of where you’ve been. Think of a name for the rescue dog you’ll adopt
To Keep You Company along the way. Change direction if you get in a rut: Take baby steps toward being bold, or put your brashness on hold. Let generosity pave your way: Are you
Saving Those Hugs for a rainy day? Don’t be afraid of the dark or monsters or tests of courage. They’re part of every hero’s journey. Prepare for liftoff—2014 is waiting for you to arrive. Cover copy by Nikki Hardin, art by Aimee Sicuro
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most awesome view.” Edward Abbey
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Essays Women make more than 80% of all purchasing decisions.
Stephanie Hunt ........................................................................... 13 Forty Effed Up Things About Being 40
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The United Skirts of America was founded on the blood, sweat
from The foUnder And nATionAl ediTor
and estrogen of our
The Countdown Issue
December is one long anticipatory countdown. Opening the doors of an Advent calendar,
won us the freedom to
being reminded that there are only X number of shopping days left, chanting backwards
choose...to break The
from 10 as the ball drops on the 31st. Counting down the days until we get to open our presents, have the best party ever, get a fresh start on life. I love the hopeful heart
Rules, to wear combat
of December, but I loathe the day-after letdown. The leftover wrapping paper, the tinsel
boots or high heels, to
that suddenly looks tawdry, the forlorn balloons, the hangover from cheap Champagne.
run for office or run a
But most of all, I dread that flat-footed landing into real winter on January 1, the return to the reality of work, the optimistic list of resolutions I’ll gradually forget, the way
marathon, to form our
nothing really seems to change except the date on the calendar. This year, though, I’m
Aimee Sicuro received a
own rock groups instead
making only one resolution, and I’m determined to work on it every day. Carpe diem,
BFA from Columbus Col-
of being groupies, to
baby! I’m guilty of living backwards and forwards, but never now. Lists of things to do tomorrow, shame about a mistake I made in the past, a hundred worries about things
lege of Art and Design.
shatter Glass Ceilings
that may never come to pass. In a month that’s all about looking forward, I desperately
After experience work-
and Glass Slippers, to
need to learn to live in the house of now. I’ve read dozens of articles about being in the
ing as a line designer for
shoot hoops instead
present moment, but never really practice it. Instead I rush through the grocery, let my mind skip to “next” during a conversation and generally try to force my life to happen
American Greetings and
of settling for hoop
like I’d force bulbs to bloom out of season. And just in case I backslide, I probably
a Flash animator for a
skirts. The ones who
need to have it tattooed on my hand like an indelible message or prescription from the
once-budding dot-com in
came before us made
San Francisco, she packed
it possible for our
universe: Now, Nikki, now.
her portfolio and headed
daughters to dream
to New York. Inspired by
bigger, to have the
circumstance and in search
chance to grow up to
of a new perspective, she
be President and turn
from The ediTor
took a job as a project
the Oval Office into
The ice rink on Columbia’s Main Street is open. The State House Christmas tree is up.
manager and illustrator at
the Ovary Office. In
And yep, there goes poor Grandma, getting run over by a reindeer, on yet another store
a design firm in Soho. At
the United Skirts of
sound system, again. As an adult, I think of the holidays as rush, rush, rush. But when I was a kid, the days until Santa arrived seem to crawl by at an all-time slow. One year
Slover and Company she
America, every day is
when I was young, my parents went out of town the weekend before Christmas and
spent three years learning
left my grandparents in charge. While the grands were napping in front of the TV, I did
the business of art and the art of business. Currently,
something sneaky. I unwrapped, then re-wrapped, two gifts with my name on them. I’d stared at those boxes under our tree, imagining treasures inside (Malibu Barbie, for example). The reality was pretty ho-hum (tube socks and shampoo). But the lesson’s stuck
Aimee lives and works as
with me: Don’t undervalue the joy of anticipation. This month, we profile women who
a freelance illustrator in
are waiting—and not because they’re stuck in traffic at the mall or dying a slow death
Brooklyn where she rediscovers life every day on the vibrant streets of New York. aimeesicuro.com
in the checkout line. They’re waiting, as I should have that Christmas, for gifts that will reveal themselves, all in good time.
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40 Effed Up Things About Being 40
After a few years of not being able to read the fine print (apologies to my kid for the guess-the-dose Infant Advil), I broke down and bought my first pair of reading glasses. At the drug store counter, it was like the reverse of a teen nervously buying condoms. “First pair of reading glasses,” I informed the clerk, just to prove that I’m not at all embarrassed. “My mom wears those,” she smiled. And now I’m mortified. Here are 40 other effed up things about being 40: 1. Other than Teen Mom, I have no clue what’s on MTV. 2. When people say “middle-aged,” they might mean me. 3. I can’t wear sequins or I’ll look like a cougar. 4. I’m more likely to forget to have sex than to forget to floss.
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5. If I eat chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, I’ve gained a size by dinnertime. 6. Even if I finally get a full night’s sleep, I still look like I was up all night. But not up all night doing something cool. 7. At the doctor’s office, I bypass Cosmopolitan and reach for Redbook. I’ll even read Family Circle. There are some great recipes in there. 8. I’m probably never going to be a Solid Gold Dancer. 9. Going out without makeup is beginning to seem more and more like an aggressive act. 10. The “me” in my head is like the foxy little sister of the “me” in the mirror. 11. Any girl can look cute like Rachel on Friends in her 20s. Only Jen Aniston looks cute like Rachel on Friends in her 40s. 12. If I strolled across a college campus, people would assume teacher, not student. (Upside: instant PhD!) 13. I’m old enough to drink, vote, rent a car and be elected to the highest office in the land. All that’s left on my age bucket list is admission to the AARP. Thanks, I’ll wait. 14. Most days, I choose comfort over style. I’m a traitor to my stilettos. 15. All the tanning I did in college is showing up now as brown blotches. Get a Sharpie and you could draw a cow on my chest. 16. The Psychedelic Furs, Duran Duran and The Cure are now considered oldies. 17. Everything I wore in high school has been appropriated ironically by hipsters. 18. Only a fortysomething is old enough to remember the TV show Thirtysomething. More irony. 19. Oooh, my back.
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21. Ages 31-39 are a total blur. I’m scared I’ll blink and be 200.
22. All of sudden my tight mini-skirts make me look like I’m trying too hard. Hey sluts, incoming at Goodwill! 23. Uhhh, my back. 24. The Real Housewives and I are, like, the same age. Where’s my butler? 25. It’s occurring to me that I might not ever visit every single beach on the planet, and I’m actually okay with that, which feels weird. 26. When I flirt with the cable guy, I don’t get extra channels for free anymore. 27. I still think 21-year-old guys are hot. And they’re like, “Mom?” 28. Why didn’t I take naked pictures of myself when I was 30?
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29. I fantasize about taping up the sides of my face. Try it with your fingers— it takes 10 years off instantly. 30. Cripes, my back. 31. Touching my toes is not a guarantee. 32. Forget Fifty Shades of Grey—my nightstand is full of wrinkle cream and Bengay. The apothecary is open! 33. I even have one of those days-of-the-week vitamin boxes. 34. If I buy a turtle it might outlive me.
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35. The bad habits I still have are probably here to stay. 36. I say things like, “What’s the name of that actor, you know, he was in that thing?” 37. I get a hangover from looking at liquor. 38. The next milestone birthday is 50.
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39. Did I mention my reading glasses? 40. One word: “Ma’am.” Amy Wruble is the author of carriagebeforemarriage.com, named a Babble Top 100 Mom Blog. Her writing has been featured in Parenting, Babytalk, Lifetime Moms, What To Expect, Pop Sugar, In the Powder Room, Families in the Loop and the St. Martin’s Press anthology What Was I Thinking: 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories.
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xoxonikki December is the month for hanging twinkle lights inside and out, for hurrying home to porch lights at dusk before night falls, for candlelight that smells of fir or wood smoke, for stargazing and sunsets blazing, for huddling around a fire pit or a fireplace, for trees strung with multi-colored bulbs, for making light while we wait for the sun.
W h a t ’s k e e p i n g m e a w a k e a t n i g h t : Looking forward to:
Annual replay of Love Actually Buying stocking stuffers Feu de Bois candles all month Russell+Hazel’s big 2014 SmartDeck Key West for kids and Christmas I am jealous of:
Why is my 3rd eye out of focus? Choosing perfect presents. Realizing I’ll fail at the above. Do I have a spirit animal? Netﬂix streaming…open all night. The amount of $$ I spend on books. Can I justify a Jambox? No more Starbucks holiday gingerbread?! Why is my couch like a bed of nails? Just one more game of Word Warp before sleep.
W h a t ’s o n m y i Pa d :
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Ignitelight.tumblr.com is the blog of a wonderful (anonymous) photographer, and it’s filled with all sorts of images—hers and others— and memorable quotes. I’m like a magpie collecting inspiration, and when I go through her archives, I nearly hyperventilate at the beauty.
I still devour the New York Times every Sunday, but their recent T Magazine on Luxury made me realize how little patience I have for excess lately. Italian countesses who rent an extra apartment for their clothes. A raccoon purse for little girls for $450. Hotels with sheets that equal my mortgage. Maybe T should be called Let Them Eat Cake.
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