Natalya Jones

A lover of puns and an alliteration addict, Natalya enjoys running, reading, writing and being spontaneous, so long as her neurosis and type A personality doesn’t get in the way of anything. To see her work, visit JonesingForJournals.com.

This Book About Decluttering Your Life Helped Me Control My OCD Rituals

ByNatalya Jones
“Unlock, lock, unlock, lock,” I muttered as I jiggled the door handle to my apartment again, checking the space between the lock and the wall. This was a ritual that occurred every morning, and it would always result in a slight flood of panic and a…

5 Reasons Every Foodie Needs To Eat Their Way Through Nashville

ByNatalya Jones
Nashville, Tennessee may be christened with the title of "Music City," but there is plenty more to experience aside from the awesome live music. Sure, you can stop by Jack White's Third Man Records, guzzle down suds at numerous breweries in close…

10 Valuable Lessons All Oldest Siblings Know To Be True

ByNatalya Jones
It is a popular notion that birth order of children can dictate their personality as well as behavior. Yet, there are internal lessons that siblings learn because of where they stand in the family tree. Take me, for instance. Aside from the obvious…

5 Ways To Thrive At Work If You're Dealing With An Office Bully

ByNatalya Jones
Every office has a bully. The problem is, the work bully is not easily distinguishable because he or she comes in so many forms. The bully can be donning all black with combat boots and piercings, or can be dressed head to toe in designer labels. I…

15 Unexpected Ways Life Changes While Training For Your First Triathlon

ByNatalya Jones
Many eons ago, runners, swimmers and bikers alike argued over who was the best athlete. So after a fist fight, they invented the triathlon, where real athletes would be determined. Just kidding, that didn't happen. Regardless of the history,…

5 Reasons FOMO Is The Best Thing To Happen To Generation-Y

ByNatalya Jones
The antithesis of the annoyingly popular phrase “Netflix and Chill” is "FOMO" (Fear Of Missing Out), which can just as equally get under your skin. So you’re torn between doing what’s best for your exhausted self and staying at home, or torturing…

One Of The Guys: 5 Reasons You Should Date A Woman With Brothers

ByNatalya Jones
When you date a woman who has a ton of brothers, you may initially believe it's a bit daunting. “What if they don’t like me? Are they going to beat me up? Aren’t all three of her brothers elite wrestlers?” Well, I’m here to tell you the risk is…

How Working With Special Needs Children Filled My Life With Gratitude

ByNatalya Jones
It was the summer of 2011, and I needed a job. Right after my junior year of college, my mom introduced me to one of her friends who ran a camp for special needs children, starting from the age of 2 all the way up to 22. There were a variety of…

Money Talks: 5 Financial Red Flags Warning You To Quit Your Job

ByNatalya Jones
Let’s face it: Work can be extremely stressful. If you are working full-time, you already know this. Coworkers can be bitchy, clients can be a pain in the ass and bosses can inspire the making of "Horrible Bosses 3." Granted, these are the things…

Thank Me Later: 6 Reasons Why You Should Appreciate Your Horrible Boss

ByNatalya Jones
Expecting to fulfill your job position duties throughout the everyday drudgery Americans call “work” is challenging enough as it is. But throw in a boss who micromanages, belittles and berates his or her employees, and that horrible boss may make…

7 Ways To Turn A Long, Hellish Work Commute Into A Productive Time

ByNatalya Jones
At my last job, the commute was a bitch. It was a relentless, infinite and annoying bitch. I always hit traffic. It was as if the drivers said to themselves, “Hey, Natalya really has to get to work today, so let’s make her commute a living hell by…

The Twin Connection: What It's Like To Grow Up With Your Best Friend

ByNatalya Jones
After a night of too much tequila, my mother found out she was pregnant with twins. This created a slew of unabashed questions and jokes, such as "How do you get twins? Drink tequila!" And my personal favorite (said to a mother of triplets), "My mom…

Why Every Month Should Be UV Safety Month

ByNatalya Jones
When I was 17, I was told I had skin cancer. It all started when my pediatrician voiced his concern about a funny looking mole on my shoulder. “You should really see a dermatologist about this,” he said. Trusting entirely in him and his medical…