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Megan Baldwin

Entries by Megan Baldwin

Is Being Single Really That Bad?

(7) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 9:37 AM

A year ago, my best friend and I sat down on the floor of her apartment armed with a laptop, a bottle of champagne, and a sense of determination. We were going to find our soul mates and maybe get drunk. According to various Google searches, the process was simple...

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I Don't Believe in a Savings Account

(270) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 7:38 AM

When I was a little, I kept a small green backpack embroidered with Sesame Street characters at the foot of my bunk bed. It was my "just in case" bag, assembled after a terrifying fire safety assembly. I'd known just what I'd pack: Cabbage Patch doll (plus outfit changes,) black...

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A Letter To My Friend Who Lost Her Job

(24) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 9:12 AM

I was thinking about you today and how it seems impossibly small to say I know, but I do. I know what it feels like to think that what you thought you wanted to do (and ultimately the person you thought you wanted to become) collapses on you like a...

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How I Learned To Stay In One Place

(15) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 10:17 AM

When my landlord rang the doorbell, I turned off the lights. It was my strategy for more things than I cared to admit: run, avoid, delete. I knew what she wanted. She wanted to prepare the paper work or if not, call a real estate agent. But did I want...

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What I Know About Sex Now That I'm In My 20s

(247) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 9:49 AM

What do I know about sex? Did I want to have it? Or did I feel as though I had to? Why did I want to? When did I feel ready? Am I any good at it? Why did it sometimes make me feel empty? Or excited? Alone? Drained? Terrified?...

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What I Know About Work In My 20s

(45) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 8:08 AM

I could have sworn I wanted the job. It was the 9 to 5 equivalent of the perfect-on-paper boyfriend: stable, sexy, and plenty of benefits. But then three o'clock would roll around and without fail, I'd be in the bathroom wondering how long I could sit in the last stall...

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The Relationship Mistake I'll Never Make Again

(199) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 10:35 AM

I've never really been one to make a New Years resolution. I've always figured that if the need arose to join Weight Watchers, I'd try to get in there early so that by the time the January rush rolled in, I'd be the success story. "Just look at her now!"...

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Thoughts On My Friend On Her Wedding Day

(13) Comments | Posted August 11, 2012 | 7:09 AM

A close friend is getting married today. I am happy for her, I think, in the way that you are happy for friends who you knew once upon a time. She asked me to be in her wedding. It felt important to say yes, though we no longer talk as...

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What Separates the Women From the Girls

(86) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 10:46 AM

A few months ago the editors at the Huffington Post invited bloggers to contribute blog posts and videos about "the moment I knew I was a woman - not a girl." OMG, I thought. I've totally got this one. I'm 27, fast approaching 28, so I figured there had to...

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Father's Day: I Was Terrified Of Becoming My Dad -- Until He Proved Me Wrong

(4) Comments | Posted June 17, 2012 | 1:24 PM

Growing up, I always wished for a dad who wore a suit and tie. Even though they never came to much, they also never embarrassed their offspring with theatrical renditions of the national anthem or got overly chatty at open house night. Love you dad. It was probably my own...

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Sister To Sister: We Never Needed Anyone But Each Other -- But How Will We Have Lives Of Our Own?

(75) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 9:14 AM

If breaking up came easy, there wouldn't be a song telling me that it's hard. I am also pretty sure Adele wouldn't have won so many Grammy awards. For many, breaking up calls to mind a half-empty closet, a bed that's far too big, or not hearing a familiar voice...

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Boyfriends: Why I've Never Had One

(373) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 10:11 AM

"Do you have a boyfriend?"

I wish I could tell you how many times I have been/will be asked this question. My family knows the answer, so they don't bother anymore. But everyone else -- almost friends, estranged relatives, manicurists, waxers, cab drivers, the man who makes...

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Mothers And Daughters: My Mom Left Us -- And I'm Grateful

(136) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 10:18 AM

I couldn't find a Hallmark card to convey this message, so I'll have to put it into words myself:

Dear Mom,

Thank you for calling it quits. I'm totally serious. In fact, besides that award winning science project where we used a Hoover vacuum to replicate the destructive force of...

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Women Perfectionists: You Don't Need To Be Ashamed Of Doing This Anymore

(64) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 8:49 AM

Back in the days when people read paper, women I knew in college used to tear out Glamour magazine's monthly "Hey, it's OK..." feature and tape it to their dormitory dry erase boards. The thing is, I never bothered to put up said board and only occasionally related...

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Missed Connections: Dating Advice I Learned From Craigslist

(165) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 2:56 PM

Trawling Craigslist to pass the time isn't exactly a new activity (I'm pretty sure there are some guys in prison who do it a lot better than me), but due to an acute case of ADD, I find myself bored a lot, and Craigslist is, for better or worse, where...

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