Desiree Johnson

"Hello-It's Me". Well, me being Desiree Johnson, just a little Texan woman living in the big world of Chicago. I am currently pursuing my master's in Creative Writing and looking to figure out this crazy, beautiful, mid-twenties life and keep my sanity in tact. I love pop culture, boxing, and seek to learn as much from the world as I do to educate myself within it. In the meantime, "Give me the beach boys, and free my soul, I want to get lost in some..." J.Cole and drift away-preferably to Paris,Italy, or Spain when my bank account allows it.

Recent Articles

All The Feelings You'll Definitely Have After Bumping Into An Ex

Running into your ex turns your entire world into a slow-motion Instagram video you just want to speed up. If you've ever bumped into him or her — whether it be fresh off a breakup, or months or years later — you know there is really nothing that can…
By Desiree Johnson

How To Deal With Hating Your Best Friend's New BF Without Risking Your Friendship

When you and your best friend's partner don't get along, it's a recipe for disaster because nobody wins. It's an uphill battle littered with arguments and constantly feeling like you have to try to maintain the peace. Everyone has a role they play, a…
By Desiree Johnson

I Hooked Up With My Best Friend, But He Pretended It Didn't Happen

I think the hardest three words I ever had to hear were my best friend saying our hookup was just a "one-night thing." Being friends for over six years, we've seen each other through everything. He was there when my ex-boyfriend died at the age of 19…
By Desiree Johnson

How My Ex Cheating On Me Made Me More Confident Than I Ever Was Before

Cheating: the cardinal relationship sin. It's the most selfish act a person can do in a relationship because it has a power punch that affects both people. It takes a long time after the demise of a relationship to be able to reflect on an incident l…
By Desiree Johnson

How To Deal When Your Partner Can't Balance Both Career And Your Relationship

It's ironic that only a year ago, I was writing about being in a relationship with a partner who had no set goals, ambition or determination. But now, I have someone in my life who's exactly the opposite. For the first time in my life, I am involved …
By Desiree Johnson

Here's Why Giving Your SO An Ultimatum Isn't Selfish, It's Confident

I have learned and experienced many things during my dating life, but I never thought I'd reach the point of ultimatums with a guy. I never wanted to be that type of woman. In my head, an ultimatum meant throwing a tantrum, stomping your feet, wanti…
By Desiree Johnson

If Your Friends Call Your SO Controlling, Put It To The Test Here

Control is an aspect of relationships that has victimized me a few times. It's this false sense of power you may unwillingly — or willingly — give another person in the name of love, balance or stability. It's bullshit, to be honest, but we must call…
By Desiree Johnson

Why Dating A Genuinely Good Guy Isn't Always Easy For Independent Women

So you might think dating a good guy isn't hard. It's what all girls want, right? And if that's not what you've been doing, you've probably experienced more than your fair share of relationship woes. Wrong. If you're like me, a 20-something millenial…
By Desiree Johnson

4 Signs You Might Break Up, As Told By Your First Vacation Together

One of the ultimate steps you take with your partner in a relationship is making the big decision to finally travel together. Whether you're traveling by air, land or sea, your destination isn't always as crucial as long as you're together, right? Tr…
By Desiree Johnson

3 Things You Need To Know To Survive A Move To Chicago

I was a loud and proud Texan when I decided to uproot myself to pursue graduate school in Chicago. I never could have anticipated how drastic of a move it was. I had never even visited this “Windy City” that movies and books boasted about, but when m…
By Desiree Johnson

Becoming An Aunt Made Me Realize I Wasn't Ready To Be A Mother

I've always been extremely vocal about not wanting to have children. I've never been the “type,” if there is one. That isn't to say moms don't come in all kinds of fun flavors, but I know I'm not one of them. I didn't realize how true that statement …
By Desiree Johnson

Why Jesse Williams' Speech Is What We've Been Missing In 2016

Many of you know Jesse Williams as the happy, charming, charismatic Jackson Avery on Shonda Rimes' hit TV show "Grey's Anatomy." Last night, we were blessed with the passion, grace, eloquence and poetic intelligence that is Jesse Williams, the activi…
By Desiree Johnson

I Was Bullied By My Supervisor, And This Is How I Learned To Speak Up

For most of us, working is not necessarily a luxury, but a means of survival. Having a job isn't even the thrilling rite of passage it used to be. Sure, making your own money is an exciting endeavor to embark on, but for Millennials, it's just synony…
By Desiree Johnson

Starting Your Own Fitgram Could Be The Key To Reaching Your Workout Goals

If you go through Instagram currently you can find a multitude of diet, fitness quotes, workouts, wraps, pills and anything under the sun to improve your overall wellness. We all have those few friends who spread their health and wellness cheer all o…
By Desiree Johnson

3 Things Being A Hostess Taught Me About The Accessibility Of Fine Dining

If you are like me, a middle class, average, everyday American, when you hear "upscale" or "fine dining," you get an idea of something from a scene in "Titanic." There are elegant tablecloths, classical music, overpriced food and a very elitist envir…
By Desiree Johnson

Why I'd Rather Go Through A Devastating Heartbreak Than An Amicable Breakup

Breakups suck, right? We've all been there, done that. We've had our fair share of relationship woes, and I'm pretty sure the majority of us will agree there's no real winner when a relationship ends. I can say – without a doubt – that while I've bee…
By Desiree Johnson

Responses To This Old Navy Ad Prove We Aren't In A Post-Racial America

On April 29, Old Navy posted this ad via Twitter to promote its latest sale: Oh, happy day! Our #ThankYouEvent is finally here. Take 30% off your entire purchase: https://t.co/nGQ9Pji1pN pic.twitter.com/vq4mIczm6A — Old Navy Official (@OldNavy) Apri…
By Desiree Johnson

I Told My BF I Loved Him First And He Was Waiting For Me To Say It

We've all been told, as women, not to say "I love you" first in a relationship. I'm pretty sure I have heard, read, been advised on and watched this rule being enforced ever since I was a young girl. We've all heard of the same scenario. A woman fall…
By Desiree Johnson

How To Build A Relationship With A Guy Who's Unsure About His Future

When you get into a serious relationship, more often than not, there are going to be many relationship milestone conversations you have over the course of your time together. You ease from the casual conversation you had in the beginning of your rela…
By Desiree Johnson