Anastasia Iliou

I am a writer of all things. Songwriting is my #1 passion, followed closely by all other prose. I'm also an avid traveler, and you can keep up with my travels at http://50statesby25.com :). I also have a personal blog at http://anastasiailiou.com

I Was Single For 4 Years, But Here's How I'm A Better Girlfriend Because Of It

ByAnastasia Iliou
If you've been single for what you think is a long time, take it from me: Being single for so long will help you be a better girlfriend or boyfriend. When I was single, I was stereotypically miserable... and I stayed that way for four long years. I…

3 Things Dating A Raging Jerk Taught Me About Self-Love And Maturity

ByAnastasia Iliou
I recently dated a complete asshole. I was single for a long time and decided I was ready to get back into the dating game. I craved cute, outdoorsy dates and cuddle time. My (now) ex seemed like the perfect person to do all of this with, until I…

Why Negging Is Actually A Dangerous Form Of Manipulation

ByAnastasia Iliou
Negging is the act of putting a person down/lowering their confidence in an effort to get what you want from them. Your SO probably isn't aware they're doing it, but it's a disgusting dating tactic we need to talk about. People who partake in…

I Didn't Need Saving After My Abusive Relationship, I Needed Understanding

ByAnastasia Iliou
Guys seem to have this thing about "fixing" or "saving" girls. I guess it makes them feel protective and masculine. Don't get me wrong: I'd love to be cared about, but I don't want to be seen as weak or in need of fixing. I tend to overshare, which…

6 Stages Of Accepting Your Life Isn't Going According To Plan

ByAnastasia Iliou
College and my beginning years of adulthood have taught me the balance between spontaneity and planning. Whether you're like me and grew up as a strong type-A, or you've never kept a calendar, finding the balance between the two is a major key to…

This Is What Happens When You Start Saying 'Yes' To Things

ByAnastasia Iliou
Lately I've made some decisions that my friends have seen as "self-destructive." I understand why they think that, but I don't agree. All I've been doing is saying "yes" a whole lot more. I've always been a worrier. I grew up with awful social…

Everything You Need To Know About The Toxic Effects Of Lead Poisoning

ByAnastasia Iliou
Two years ago, the town of Flint, Michigan, changed its water source to the Flint River instead of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department. This decision was made in order to cut costs, but now as many as 12,000 kids have been affected by lead…

These Health Benefits Of Red Wine Will Make You Immediately Pick Up A Bottle

ByAnastasia Iliou
You've heard them before, and you've even used them as excuses to drink. But what are the health benefits of red wine, really? It helps you slim down and can protect your body from disease, but how? The Benefits The main benefit that seems to stick…

How To Ditch The Guys And Throw A DIY Galentine's Day Brunch

ByAnastasia Iliou
Leslie Knope's "Galentine's Day" celebration is everything. She and her "Parks And Recreation" ladies go out for brunch every February 13, and Leslie kills it with the gifts and the party of the century. It's a no-boys-allowed day to recognize great…

3 Ways To Have A Completely Adorable And Affordable Valentine's Day

ByAnastasia Iliou
You can argue that it's a Hallmark holiday all you want, but I don't see the problem in a day that celebrates love. February 14 is a reminder that we don't always celebrate our relationships with loved ones, and it's a chance to put all else…

How Making A Vow To Stop Explaining Myself Changed My Life

ByAnastasia Iliou
When the ball dropped in Times Square to signify the start of 2015, I was halfway through my sophomore year of college. I was only starting to familiarize myself with blogging and professional writing, and sharing it on social media made me…

Beat The Humbug: 10 Ways To Make The Most Out Of Your Holiday Time Off

ByAnastasia Iliou
Whether you're a college student with an entire month off from classes, or a functioning adult with a week off from your office job, you would be hard-pressed to find a better opportunity than Christmas break. It is way too easy to let the holidays…