I was raped on this day

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Trigger warning: rape

I have never been one to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. In America, it was adopted as a day solely dedicated to getting wasted. I never understood the appeal, especially as a teenager without a fake ID. Still, people in my life had countless parties where you were meant to dress in green and celebrate the act of being drunk.

The history of St. Patrick’s Day is often lost in translation when celebrated in the States, but this isn’t the only reason why I choose not to partake. On March 17, 2011, I was raped by my best…


But that can be so boring

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My mom has told me on more than one occasion that there is no point in telling me what to do because I do what I want. To some extent, this is probably true. I was a good kid growing up, but I had a defiant-as-hell attitude. When I put my mind to something, it has to be done.

This has worked out as both a blessing and a curse for me as I grew into adulthood.

I’m a personal narrative writer at heart, but I have dabbled in the bullshit How To articles. I only refer to them as…


Our Story

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We are all going through a collective trauma right now, every single person in the world. In my lifetime, I have never known such a structural change in the way that we live our daily lives. The closest thing that I can remember is 9/11. Though I was not directly impacted, I do remember things changing after that September day.

I learned what terrorism was as I ate a bagel and watched the plane hit the second tower. I was 10-years-old, and I couldn’t help but wonder why the pilot would accidentally do that. …


A daily dose of mental health

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I write self-help books for a living—how to live stress-free, how to be the most productive version of yourself, how to become wealthy, how to get great sleep, and so on. I think the most ironic part about my job is that I am probably every bad example that I use in my books.

I get paid to help other people, and then I pay my therapist to help me. Sure, I know that I do a lot of work on my own to get my mental health in check. I make to-do lists, stay busy, seek creative outlets, and…


The point between A and B

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Living in a goal-centered society, getting from Point A to Point B is seen as a productive and effective strategy. You work hard until you reach your goals, then you do it all over again. Essentially, you repeat this process until you die. It’s productivity, right?

One of the biggest issues that I have with this strategy is that it becomes super easy to fall victim to many traps.

Feeling Like You Aren’t Doing Enough

When you only focus on getting to the next step, you forget about all that exists in between. In a sense, you put on blinders until you are finally at the…


Others haven’t had it so easy

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Coming out is something that I knew I’d have to do at some point in my life. As a young teenager, I was in the backseat of my parents’ car when I dropped the news. I had been wanting to bring it up all day long, but the words wouldn’t escape me.

My mouth kept opening with no sound to be heard. It was Valentine’s Day, and the only thing that I managed to say was: ”Have you ever wondered why I’ve never had a boyfriend?”

Adjusting the rearview mirror, my dad had a knowing look in his eyes. I…


Should I make a podcast?

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For the first time, I recorded something to the effect of a “podcast.” Most of you already know this by now, but my dad has been missing for 11 years. He went on a hunting trip in September of 2009 and was never seen again.

I recorded this audio clip for the public on my Patreon. Anyone can give it a listen, but I would like some input. Do you have any questions that you’d like to ask me? …


On my writing

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Hello, my readers! I am back. I never actually ever had a plan to “leave” Medium, but life happens. There was no particular event that beckoned for me to leave, no Earth-shattering revelation that led me to cease writing on this platform. I loved it here, still do. I just…Dropped the metaphorical ball.

So, what’s new?

I know that I haven’t been writing on here, but I want you to know that I have still been writing every single day. Writing is my job, my livelihood. Even on the days when I just did not feel like I could type out a coherent…

Kristen Nadel

Writer and author • Interested in mindfulness and spirituality • Fascinated by interpersonal connections • 🌈LGBTQ+ kristennadelauthor@hotmail.com

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