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    Vegetarian Jokes

    Going vegetarian is not a missed steak.

    Don’t mind me, just laughing at the vegetarian joke that is my post’s title. Hehehehe.

     Hello gal pals and men friends! I hope you’re all ready to stuff your faces full of yummy food on Thursday – I sure am! Mashed potatoes, stuffing, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, scalloped corn, homemade Swedish rye bread with too much butter – oh yeah, that’s all I can think about right now. Looking back at that list, you probably realized that I left out the “star” of Thanksgiving, the turkey. Well I did that on purpose. If you remember a few weeks back I wrote about the time I wanted to do ‘Sober October’. Well if you remember correctly, you’ll know that I epically and miserably failed. But what you don’t know, is that I set a second goal for myself that month – I became a full-on vegetarian.

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    Body Image: Stop Being Your Own Bully.

    Don’t let your mind bully your body.


    I am beyond thankful someone came up with that quote and for pinterest for sharing the heck out of it. To be absolutely honest, this is my daily mantra: Don’t let your mind bully your body. Those seven simple words mean so much to someone like me that struggles with positive body image – It’s not my body that has the issue, it’s my mind. It’s the way my mind tells me, “I’m not pretty enough. I’m not toned enough. I have too much cottage cheese on my legs. I have too much of a double chin”. My mind is a bully and it has been for the last 13 years of my life.

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    Travel: Wanderlust is an Understatement

    Millennials have been bitten by the wanderlust bug and it’s infectious! More often than not, if you ask a millennial what is on their bucket list, traveling will be in the top 5. In regards to me, it’s my number two; falls right after happiness (which is pretty much like saying you want to be living and breathing…so travel is the real MVP here!).


    Flashback to 20-30 years ago, if you asked your parents at our age what their bucket list consisted of, it would more than likely not include traveling. That’s because the generations before us were pressured/expected to (because it was the norm) to get married, get a job and have children. We are the first generation that is putting travel as a top priority in our lives. Because of that, sometimes people don’t quite understand the pure drive and sense of urgency we have to see the world.  

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    Catcalling: Not a Female Problem

    When I first began the brainstorming process for this post about catcalling, I thought about starting with a warning and apology for the anger and frustration that is about to unfold in the form of words. But then I thought, REALLY TRACEY?! Why do I have to apologize for being upset about being sexually harassed and catcalled for 24 years? I have a damn good reason to be angry and so does every other woman.

    Although I won’t warn you about my anger, I will send a different kind of warning:

    WARNING: If you’re not currently angry about sexual harassment and catcalling, you will be after this post. Get ready.

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    Sober October.

    The first time I truly lied to myself was 31 days ago when I decided I was going to do “Sober October” and then write a blog post about it. Well, let’s just say it didn’t go as planned. I was originally planning on writing about how to accomplish a “goal” that is a bit of a challenge for most twenty-somethings: going an entire month being sober. Turns out, it was harder than I thought it would be and I really enjoy Oktoberfest beer. Because of this, I decided I’d change the focus of my blog to being about setting a goal and the importance of understanding that sometimes you have speed bumps when trying to accomplish that goal.

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    Stuff About Millennials – P2. – Anxiety

    “Hi, nice to meet you. Do you have purpose in your life?”

    Uh, excuse me?!

    That’s pretty much how my first appointment for therapy went. I didn’t even know this lady and I had to answer what my purpose in life was. I don’t know about you, but that’s a hard question to answer on the spot – but what’s even harder than that is dealing with anxiety.

    “Millennials are reporting the highest levels of clinical anxiety, stress, and depression than any other generation at the same age.” 

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    Stuff About Millennials – P1.

    Hello again and welcome back! With millennials being the majority of my readers, I figured today’s post should focus on you! Today’s post is a part one of a two part topic…


    (Super intriguing, right? But seriously, it is. Keep reading…please!)

    Did you know that Millennials, AKA: Gen Y, is the largest generation with a population of about 90 MILLION?! WHAAT? Yeah, that’s even more than the famous baby boomers. With the influx of people in the Millennial category, we are destined to face challenges unlike any other generation before us. The first challenge I’m going to talk about is probably one of the most frustrating parts of being a millennial…

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    Well hello there again and welcome back! If this is your second time here, thanks for stopping by again. If it’s your first time here to The Welcome Woman, then it’s because I have amazing friends that shared the CRAP out of my other post (for lack of better words…actually, who am I kidding? I use that saying all the time. Classy, right?!) Speaking of classy, that leads me into this week’s post:

    The many facets of being a twenty-something woman

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    This is me waving. Click to be officially welcomed.

    Hello, welcome, and thank you! My name is Tracey – I am a twenty-something year old woman who has a thirst for life and is ready to welcome any ups and downs that come my way.

    Life is messy. I am messy. Therefore, my life is messy. For some people that’s hard to admit and until now, that stood true for me. As young women, we are expected to have our lives together or at least act like we do, but on this blog, I want you to welcome the messy – take it for what it is, cherish it, and make it bloom! After all, that’s what life’s about; it’s about taking lemons and making lemonade (or whatever analogy you prefer to use).

    I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade … And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party. — Ron White

    Disclaimer: I have no idea who Ron White is, but I like him.

    Well, to go with Ron White’s suggestion, I’ve decided to find the vodka. This blog will be my vodka.

    Blog = Vodka

    • It’s going to help me dance. There are so many celebrations in life, big and little, so let’s share ’em!
    • It’s going to give me headaches. It’s not easy sharing personal information, but it will be worth it because I’m gonna have some fun with it.

    There are many other comparisons I can come up with to explain how my blog is the vodka to my lemonade, but I don’t think that creates the best first impression. Whoops! So instead, I’m going to list a couple facts about myself and my plan for this blog. Ready, set, GO!

    1. (The typical ‘say something interesting about yourself comment’) I snort when I laugh. And yes, I got it from my mama.
    1. I work at a local marketing agency and volunteer as the marketing chair for the Quad Cities Marathon. Although I’m very busy with the two, I’m still yearning for more (hence the start of this blog).
    1. My favorite things in the whole wide world are: Family, friends, Harry Potter and FOOD! I also like sleeping, yoga, running, coffee, beer that tastes like coffee, etc. I like a lot of things.
    1. I have a million goals for myself, but my main goal in life is to be HAPPY…and travel the world. NBD.

    (Warning: This is the fact that brings this all together)

    1. I am a young, female adult and I have a lot of thoughts about life – whether its about career, love, travel, health, sexism, family values, etc., and I believe this is the perfect outlet for other women (just like me) to welcome all the ups and downs life has to offer!

    Now let’s do this thing we call life!