Emily Rella


Emily is a native of Ridgefield, CT and is currently an undergraduate student at Boston College, studying English and Theology. She thrives in the chaotic, idolizes Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and does anything— and everything— for the story, the lesson and most importantly, the smile.

Don't Let Competition Overcome You: Only You Can Define Your Success

By Emily Rella
I have always — both by choice and against my will — found myself in high-pressure, competitive environments. I am constantly surrounded by the smartest, prettiest, most athletic and most giving people. Throughout all of my schooling, I was amongst…

You Deserve The Best: Life Is Too Short To Settle For Less

By Emily Rella
Choosing the path of least resistance is our go-to instinct. It’s more favorable to take the easy route in most situations because let’s face it: We have too much going on in our lives as is to bother suffocating ourselves with unnecessary…

It's The Little Things: Why We Need To Dig Deeper To Truly Appreciate One Another

By Emily Rella
Ever since I was a young girl, I have found it difficult to accept compliments. It’s not so much rooted in personal insecurity, as it is that I have simply never felt as if I earned the things on which I was complimented. Yes, I had caramel-colored…

Sorry, Not Sorry: Why Women Shouldn't Have To Apologize For Being Messy (Among Other Things)

By Emily Rella
I never make my bed (because why would I?), I often forget to throw out my Starbucks cup when I finish it and I’d venture to say that you can most likely always find an extra coat (or two) somewhere in the backseat of my car. I’m messy (not dirty),…

Getting Over The One You Thought Was The One: When It's The Right Time To Move On

By Emily Rella
Oftentimes — most of the time, actually — there is no bright light or shining, definitive moment that signifies the end of a relationship. People drift apart, things change and we can’t keep in touch with every person through every stage of our…

Unrequited Love: Why It's Okay To Love Someone Who Can't Love You Back

By Emily Rella
I, as we all are, am a walking mess of flaws and weaknesses that drag me down but at the same time, make me the unique individual that I am. Perhaps one of the most agonizing flaws I have is one that’s so deeply rooted in empathy that it’s painful…

An Open Letter To My 16-Year-Old Self

By Emily Rella
I know you’re anxiously reading this letter, so concerned about who wrote it that you’re considering scrolling to the end to see the signature — well, surprise, it’s you, four years into the future. You’re currently a junior in college and, spoiler…

What They Never Tell You About Grief: How You Can Grow From It And Become Happier Because Of It

By Emily Rella
I’ve heard that grief is like a roller coaster, constantly twisting and turning with highs and lows. I’ve also heard that grief comes in five stages. I’ve spent hours searching for information regarding these stages, along with other symptoms of the…

The Truth Behind What 'I Love You' Means To Other People

By Emily Rella
Three words, eight letters, infinite connotations. To most, hearing these three words offers a sense of stability; for the true dreamers, they mean that you’ll never be alone again. Your heart is now in the protection and care of someone else and…