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Shannon Oliver Leyko holds a psychology degree from Christopher Newport University and was Miss New York 2012. She currently resides in Virginia Beach, VA, where she blogs full time and drinks a lot of wine. Proud Coast Guard wife. Read more of her posts at

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An Open Letter to New York City

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 3:15 PM

Dear New York,

I can't believe it's been 2 1/2 years since we broke up. June 2013 was a confusing time for both of us. I'd developed feelings for someone new, but wasn't quite ready to let you go. You tried to reel me back in by dangling friendships in...

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How To Be Single: Movie Review + Retrospection

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 9:03 AM

I don't go to the movies often, but when I do, it's to see Rebel Wilson.

Last weekend, I saw the new chick flick How To Be Single, starring Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann a.k.a Perpetual Sidekick and/or Hot Mom, Dakota Johnson from Fifty Shades of Grey, and Alison Brie --...

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Look Up: The Difficulty of Creating Masterpieces in the Modern Age

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 3:08 PM

The other night, as I laughed in the face of danger by talking on my cell phone while sitting in the hot tub, my friend and I discussed how easily we partake in mindless activities instead of contributing intricate and lasting art, inventions, discoveries or humanitarian efforts to the world....

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Modernizing Sacred Texts: A Social, Visual Bible

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 10:00 AM

A picture is worth a thousand words.

The Millennial generation seems to agree. With Instagram precariously close to overthrowing Twitter as the new king of social media, and Snapchat clawing at its heels, digital communication continues to evolve in the direction of simpler, more visual mediums. What started with a...

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The Problem With Beating Cancer

(28) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 2:45 PM

Cancer. What an ugly word. It seems to be taking over the world- or maybe I'm just getting older and more attune to its presence. Either way, I hate it. I guess everyone hates cancer, though. Or at the very least, no one likes it. Like Creed. (Sorry if you...

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Office Barbie

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 9:46 AM

Facebook is a virtual town that we visit to be simultaneously informed, amused and annoyed out of our freaking minds. I'd say it's a 33 percent, 33 percent, 34 percent split, respectively.

I like Facebook. It tells me when my friends' birthdays are so that I don't look like...

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Two Genders, Two Planets

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 2:58 PM

Men are strange creatures. Rumor has it that women are far more complex and difficult to understand, but I beg to differ. Women are openly complicated. We tell men outright that we want to be told we're beautiful, but then make it clear not to say it right now because...

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24 Daily Moments of Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Apparently Thursday, 3/20/14, was the International Day of Happiness. That sounds awesome. Sorry I missed it.

I didn't miss it in the sense that I was miserable all day or anything, rather I just didn't know it was happening. Celebrating happiness seems to have hit a new high ever since...

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Listen to Your Heart: A Misguided Philosophy

(1) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 5:35 PM

I'm going to attempt to write this post without breaking out into song, but I can't make any promises.

"Listen to your heart" (when he's calling for youuu -D.H.T.) is a widespread philosophy on how to approach life. It is accepted -- nay, promoted -- by Dove chocolates (my personal...

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More Than One Healthy Body: Former Pageant Queens Weigh In

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 3:20 PM

People talk a lot about health, weight, and how the two correspond. The general consensus seems to be that "healthy" does not look the same on every body type. Agreed. But what if each body type -- each individual -- doesn't have one weight or look that reflects personal health?...

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The 5 Worst Relationships on Valentine's Day

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 11:27 AM

I've never had a successful Valentine's Day. The closest I've come was when my college boyfriend sent me on a scavenger hunt... but here's the catch: He didn't know he was supposed to have a surprise at the end. You know, to make all of that running around campus worth...

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The Biggest Loser: Rein in Outrage Over Winner's New Body

(28) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 9:48 AM

UPDATE: Rachel's height was still speculation when this article was written. Sources now report that she is 5'4. The post has been updated to reflect this.

Few things make me uncomfortable or queasy. The limited list includes cockroaches, shrimp that still have legs attached, and desperate men. Weird assortment, I...

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7 Tips for Surviving Your Mid-20s

(4) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 9:12 AM

Listen. Everyone's been there, will be there, or is currently there. The empathetic "there" to which I'm referring is that scary, depressing place called Your Mid-20s. You know, that time in your life when you survive on homemade sandwiches, self-harm by way of Facebook stalking your friends who are "already...

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