Ashley Massis

Ashley is a contributing writer based in Charlotte, North Carolina. After living in NYC, she decided to pack up her things and freelance as a travel and relationship writer. You can view more of her work at www.smalltowngirlandthebigcity.com

Perfectly Imperfect: 3 Ways Wedding Season Totally Freaks You Out

During the summer, there are three things that cause women to have anxiety about their bodies: bikini season, summer clothing and wedding season. 'Tis the season for fewer clothes, more revealing looks and trying to maintain a rockstar appearance wit…
By Ashley Massis

Like Fine Wine: 4 Ways Your Dad Only Gets More Awesome In Your 20s

When we are young, our dads are our heroes. They are big and strong, and they seem to have unlimited strength. They’ve bandaged our bloodied knees and given us piggyback rides. When we grow out of that phase and enter our awkward adolescent years of …
By Ashley Massis

Power In The Pavement: 25 Things All Runners Know To Be True

A little over five years ago, my running friend challenged me to run a four-mile race with her. Although never a runner, I was always athletic, so I thought, “Pshhh, sure, no big deal!” I ran a mile on the treadmill usually at the gym with ease, so I…
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10 Things No One Wants To Hear After Enduring A Life-Altering Breakup

I never thought of this time of the year as “breakup season.” Then, when I ended a long-term relationship and six other couples ended theirs within a few week's time, I started to think something must be in the water. Whether long-term or short-term,…
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5 Ways Adopting My Dog Saved My Life More Than I Saved Hers

A year and a half ago, I took a chance and moved from living in New York City and working in fashion to freelancing in Charlotte, North Carolina. To be honest, I’m not even sure how I ended up here. As a 20-something, I’ve always believed you have to…
By Ashley Massis

5 Ways This Generation Can Help Close The Gap In Gender Equality

Although women have come a long way from the discrimination and struggles they previously faced, statistics still show inequality to be prevalent in the working world. The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) focuses on all of the inequalities women face …
By Ashley Massis

5 Fall Fashion Trends That Make You Less #Basic

We’ve all seen the memes that describe what makes a girl #basic. There’s something about the fall that leads 20-somethings to rejoice with their pumpkin spice lattes, North Face jackets, leggings and Ugg boots. I mean, it wouldn’t be a stereotype if …
By Ashley Massis

How The Current Hook-Up Culture Has Fallen Victim To Peter Pan Syndrome

Peter Pan Syndrome occurs when a male or female does not grow emotionally. Although he or she may appear to be old physically, he or she is probably still young in terms of maturation. In most cases, these individuals appear to have it together, but …
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4 Glaring Signs That Your Relationship Is No Longer Salvageable

In the never-ending emotional roller coaster of love and relationships, we often wonder and second-guess where our paths will take us. Will they end in marriage or a brokenhearted version of ourselves, hunched over a pint of Ben & Jerry’s? To avoid t…
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A Woman Needs Her Girls: 7 Reasons Why Girls' Night Out Will Forever Be Essential

When you think back to your craziest nights, could you imagine any of them without your girlfriends? In our social media-filled, workaholic society, we need those nights with our girls to remind us why we do the responsible, "adult thing" on the week…
By Ashley Massis