Caitlin Jill Anders

Caitlin Jill Anders is a writer, amateur photographer (she gets Instagram “likes” sometimes), and gluten free eater. She likes green apples, pugs, Law and Order SVU marathons, whiskey, writing "about me's," and brunch.

Why The Term 'Beautiful' Is A Genderless Descriptor For This Generation

By Caitlin Jill Anders
There many words and phrases to describe how we feel about someone’s appearance. A person can be cute, pretty, adorable, sexy, hot, stunning, f*ckable, bangable, a cutie with a booty, a hottie with a body, an ace with a face, etc. All of these are…

Friends In High Places: How Relationships Help Me Cope With Anxiety

By Caitlin Jill Anders
There are days when I am so anxious, I feel like I cannot breathe. The anxiety forms a hard knot in my chest, reminding me with each breath, there is something inside of me telling me, "I can’t do this." There are days when I am sad, and I can’t…

A Little Less Crazy: 5 Ways Your Mom Brings You Back Down To Earth

By Caitlin Jill Anders
There are days when we all feel a little crazy. There’s no way around it. We’re running here and there, making decisions and losing our minds. We wonder if everyone else is as weird and frazzled as we are. Most days, it seems like probably…

The 7 Types Of 'Good Sex' You Can Have With A Partner

By Caitlin Jill Anders
After a weekend spent with a significant other, friend with benefits, friend with newly discovered benefits, entirely brand new friend, caught off guard celebrity, stranger posing as a celebrity, standard stranger or any kind of human in general,…

Why Great Things Happen Outside Of Your Comfort Zone

By Caitlin Jill Anders
I started Googling quotes on bravery recently, and I came up with not very much at all. It was all just a lot of important people reminding us to have courage; everything will be okay if we just take a deep breath and go. We all know this. I know…

Nomads Forever: 7 Ways Millennials Redefine The Word 'Home'

By Caitlin Jill Anders
The older I get, the more I struggle with the idea of home. As young adults, we move from home to college to traveling to everywhere else; we never seem to be solidly in one place. Even when we are, our emotions certainly aren’t, and our idea of…

6 Kinds Of Sex You Have When You’re Not In A Relationship

By Caitlin Jill Anders
Just because you’re not in a relationship doesn’t mean you’re not having sex, contrary to what our parents might like to believe.   As long as you’re being safe and it’s your choice, sex can be a pretty fabulous thing — a thing even the single crowd…

Zero To 100: What It's Like To Suffer From Panic Attacks

By Caitlin Jill Anders
You arrive at a restaurant where you’re supposed to be meeting your friend, and he texts you to ask if you can actually save five seats, all on your own. He’s bringing extra people, and everyone will be a little bit late. You can feel the anxiety…

What It's Like Growing Up With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

By Caitlin Jill Anders
There’s more than one way to do things. If a road is blocked, you take a different one. If a store is out of a flavor of ice cream, you pick another one. If you can’t do something one way, you do it another. It seems like this would be one of the…

6 Kinds Of Sex You Have When You're In A Committed Relationship

By Caitlin Jill Anders
Sex is such a diverse thing; there’s no right way to have it and no one way that everyone is doing it. It’s different every time you partake, and I think that’s what’s so wonderful about it. Even when you’re in a relationship, the sex is not the…

9 Annoying Problems All Gluten-Free People Are Familiar With

By Caitlin Jill Anders
Happy Celiac Awareness Month! In case you’re in the dark, celiac disease is a condition where individuals affected can’t eat gluten. Gluten is the overarching term for wheat, rye and barley, so any products using these ingredients are out for people…

When You Don't Have Time To Read, You Don't Have Time To Grow

By Caitlin Jill Anders
When we were little, we devoured stories. It didn't matter who you where where you came from. As a wee little one, you loved to imagine. You might not remember — that’s what happens when we get older. Sometimes, we forget about our…

7 Ways My Special Needs Brother Taught Me The Real Meaning Of Family

By Caitlin Jill Anders
I’m the oldest of four kids, and my youngest brother has autism. He can’t talk, and he requires a lot of help with even the simplest things. He’s a blessing, and I love him with everything I have. Growing up, my other siblings and I had to learn how…

Why Self-Love Is So Instrumental In Becoming Your Best Self

By Caitlin Jill Anders
It's not easy to love yourself. You’d think it would be, but it’s not. We struggle with self-love constantly. Honestly, it’s understandable. We spend all day with ourselves. We're with ourselves every waking minute, even the minutes in…

Dad Knows Best: 7 Times Your Father Has The Answer You Need

By Caitlin Jill Anders
Each parent in a family takes on different roles. It’s not always the same in every family, but it always seems each parent has his or her own role in dealing with their kids. And, to all the single parents who take on both roles, I commend…

Austism Awareness: Why I'm Wearing Blue For The Boy Who Can't Talk

By Caitlin Jill Anders
Today, so many of you will see posts about Autism Awareness Day: how you should wear blue, how one in 68 children are affected with autism, etc. Everyone nods their heads and grabs a blue t-shirt. "I support it," everyone says, and then the day and…

How Being Bullied Shapes Who You Are In The Long-Term

By Caitlin Jill Anders
When I was in fifth grade, my friends stopped talking to me. I still don't really know why. One girl decided she didn't like me, and the rest was history, I guess. That seems to be how it happens; bullying is pretty senseless. I went from having a…

Speak Your Mind: 6 Things We All Think But Fail To Say Out Loud

By Caitlin Jill Anders
We’ve all felt it: the feeling of desperately wanting to say something out loud but knowing you shouldn’t. We’re all guilty of having thoughts that directly contradict what we vocalize. We’re only human. We all have thoughts and opinions we figure…

Loss Is No Disaster: The Art Of Knowing When He's Not Going To Call

By Caitlin Jill Anders
He finishes his cigarette and kisses you. You are so pretty, he says. He’s very attractive, and you thought so even before the whiskey started talking to you, so you know it’s real. Before the two of you came outside, you sat at the bar amidst…

You're Just Not That Over Him: 9 Signs Your Ex Is Still On Your Mind

By Caitlin Jill Anders
How long is it supposed to take before you’re over someone? After you've spent so much time learning to love someone and you lose him, there’s no time frame you can put on that healing process. People will try to tell you there is, though. Friends…