1. You feel anxious when the phone is ringing because you don’t like the idea of chatting.

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There are plenty of ways to get a hold of you: text, email, or a Facebook poke. But a phone call is not one of them.

2. Your weekend plans always involve your pets.

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You’ve been known to say, ‘I can’t stay longer than 5 PM because my dogs need me.’ It’s a legit excuse.

3. Friends have gotten mad at you for not wanting to hang out.

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It’s not in your personality to chill 99 times per week without feeling drained. You need your space, and you will get it.

4. You’re dating an extrovert.

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Even though you’re an introvert, there’s an ounce of you that appreciate your extroverted counterpart because they balance you out.

5. It’s hard to say ‘no’ to plans especially when you really don’t have an excuse not to go.

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People: Why can’t you hang out today? 
You: *thinks of a clever excuse*

6. Your phone is your go-to when you don’t want to socialize.

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Sometimes, you’ll even pretend to look busy just so you’re not obligated to talk to people. 

7. At parties, you’re always the quiet one. 

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Eye contact is not your thing, and you’re probably thinking about all the things you’ll be doing when you peace the fuck out of the party. 

8. You definitely don’t like being the center of attention.

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You absolutely hate it. 

9. Saying ‘I’m tired,’ really means ‘I’m leaving, but I’m not actually going to bed. I’m going to binge watch on shows because it’s exhausting to socialize.’
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No offense, but it’s true. 

10. You feel drained after a few hours with people. 

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Strange, right? While everyone can keep up the whole night, you’re socially checked out. You just

need space to recharge.

11. You’re irritated when your friends don’t give you space after a day of hanging out.

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What can you guys possibly be doing for another day?! No! Just no!

12. Canceled plans are always the best feeling.

You’re secretly rejoicing at the end of the line when your friends break the news. 

13. In a professional setting, you absolutely hate teamwork. 

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You know you work 10x better when you’re left alone.

14. You hear and see everything.

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There are benefits to being an introvert meaning you know everyone’s business without being in the loop.

15. You write better than you can speak.

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For some reason, the right words at the right time betray you. Often you find yourself tongue-tied. But poet in front of a computer screen.

16. People often think you’re mad when you’re really thinking of happy thoughts. 

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Well, you were happy two seconds ago, until some asshole told you to smile. WTF!?

17. You’ve wondered if there was something wrong with you.

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You have incredible qualities, but you’re often misunderstood. Being an introvert in an extroverted world is definitely a challenge. 

18. But you have a group of friends who value you. 

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You’re the realest of the real meaning you’d rather have deeper connections with people. And even though you have a small group of friends, you can count on them for anything.

19. Some might never see the goofy side of you.

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In fact, you might even be the funniest in the group. 

20. New people might be shocked at seeing a bit of this in you. 
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Inside all that hard exterior is an interesting character no one imagined. Can someone say, ‘DAYUUUM?’

21. And at the end of the day, you’re okay with being an introvert.

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Because you dance to the beat of your drum, and you wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Rock every bit of that introverted self. 

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I have a love/hate relationship with the weekend. Lately, it’s been going so fast that Sunday nights feel a lot like a somber goodbye. I blame my sleep schedule because I’ve been sleeping early on Friday nights which makes it so hard for me to capitalize on the first night of freedom! Perhaps, I’ll consider staying a bit later.

Lately, I’ve wished that I was in Califonia for the weekend. Or maybe be even Portland, Oregon to see the Japanese Garden again. Seriously, I’ve been feeling just a tad bit adventurous since Las Vegas has been draining most of me.

Speaking of the weekend, I did plenty of things last week that made it feel as though someone tapped the ‘fast forward’ button. 

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

Las Vegas isn’t just about gambling. In fact, there’s plenty remote areas where you can hike to. With the rocky terrain and beautiful desert sceneries, I’ve really learned to embrace this city. So, I didn’t actually know about Spring Mountain Ranch State Park until my boyfriend mentioned it. I thought it was sweet of him because he was aware that I wanted to get out of the house for a little while.  

The funny part was that I wanted to go hiking until we actually did a trail. My boyfriend pointed out that the idea of hiking sounded ideal until we realized that it was hot and all we wanted to do was sit underneath the shade. Still, we got to see some beautiful landscapes which are always a treat especially when it gives great opportunities for photos.

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Talk About a Fat Butt: Donuts and Hot Dogs

To my defense, I had my heart set on donuts way before he suggested to go on a hike. There, I said it. After the park, we went to Glaze Doughnut which is a mom and pop shop with highlighting flavors like the Green Tea Pistachio. It wasn’t a bad combination actually. I love inventive flavors like that as it shows that the shop is passionate about variety. 
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By dinner time, we decided to try an LA-derived restaurant called Dirt Dog. I have to say; I’m in love. If it were up to me, I’d go back again and again until I’m tired of the flavors. That’s probably impossible, though. The only downside about this experience was the wait. I mean, how can you possibly take a long time making hot dogs? I’m not sure. Maybe, they’re understaffed or hiring inexperienced cooks. Nonetheless, those hot dogs were bomb diggity

I hope you all have a wonderful week! It’s funny how I’m talking about last weekend as I start a new one now. I’m a strange one. 

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Whether you’re a Scorpio, Libra or Capricorn; your zodiac strings a stereotype that may seem annoying or flat out relatable. With that in mind, don’t be surprised when your peers say, “Oh that is so Leo of you.” Why? Because like it or not, there’s some truth to your character and your zodiac. The following are the common stereotypes you probably didn’t know about.

Illustrations by Krize. Get her zodiac prints here.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

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They’re a bit of a walking contradiction as true Aquarius are known to be shy and quiet. It’s typical for people to call them introverts because when they’re with the right crowd, they can be energetic and eccentric. 

Common Stereotypes: Irrational, Humane, Chaotic, Refined, Undecided

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

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It’s no surprise that Pisces is one of the most selfless signs out there. They’re characterized with a large emotional capacity and empathy. Typically, they’ll put others first instead of themselves as they want their loved ones happy and safe. 

Common Stereotypes: Dreamy, Abiding, Apologetic, Discreet, Promiscuous

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

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They’re characterized by high dignity meaning you’ll rarely see them with unfinished tasks. They’re the workplace’s power machines so suggest them a break when they’ve skipped lunch. 

Common Stereotypes: Headstrong, Generous, Unsettled, Enterprising, Jealous

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

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They’re one of the most grounded signs as they are realistic and practical. Don’t be surprised to see them succeed especially because they’re heavily committed to one project and won’t stop until they’re finished. 

Common Stereotypes: Stubborn, Trustworthy, Headstrong, Careful, Domineering

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

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These are one of the most interesting signs out there as Geminis often feel like their other half is missing. Because of that, they’ll search. Often, you’ll see them looking for new colleagues, mentors and friends to fill the empty void. 

Common Stereotypes: Versatile, Expressive, Curious, Irritable, Manipulative

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

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They tend to have a hard time finding a place in the world as their emotion and heart tends to lead them. Sometimes, their feelings can take hold of them which is difficult to control. On the other hand, they emphasize the most and often see people’s suffering and pain. 

Common Stereotype: Changeable, Domestic, Brooding, Sociable, Restless

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

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Call them free-spirited as the Leo is warmhearted and often “high” on life. The truest Leo always tries to find a way to have fun even when they face adversaries. 

Common Stereotypes: Arrogant, Creative, Self-Centered, Cheerful, Lazy

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

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Virgo tends to have things under control even when they’re in the midst of chaos. They strong-headed who often prefers a life full of organization and practicality in their everyday lives. Sometimes, you’ll see them worrying about the smallest details that they can’t control. When this happens, learn how to ground them. 

Common Stereotypes: Shy, Loyal, Over Critical, Hardworking, Analytical

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

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They love beautiful things whether that’s art, music, food, etc. Often, you’ll see them surrounded by elements that can inspire them. Because of their passion to improve themselves, they’re often keen in mind and intellectual. 

Common Stereotypes: Elusive, Thoughtful, Shallow, Refined, Cowardly

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

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Scorpios love to express their emotions to the ones they love. But be careful because while they might have a soft interior, getting through their hard shell is not easy. Once, you’ve earned their trust, don’t be surprised to go through extreme situations as Scorpios are known to be intense.

Common Stereotypes: Stingy, Devoted, Pessimistic, Thoughtful, Vindictive

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

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Unlike other signs, Sagittarius are open to change. In fact, they embrace it. They’re enthusiastic, optimistic and often, extroverts. One of the greatest gifts they possess is they transform their plans into concrete actions meaning they can achieve just about anything they put their mind into. 

Common Stereotypes: Defiant, Frank, Secretive, Active, Calculating

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

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Capricorns are independent in anything they do. They seek no approval from others as they are masters in self-control. It’s rare to see them as followers because Capricorns are head-strong meaning they often lead the flock without even trying. 

Common Stereotypes: Dicontented, Diplomatic, Restless, Practical, Eccentric

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My Dear,

There’s a vulnerable soul within you that’s gasping for air. You considered two options: move on or salvage a bond that’s been torn to pieces. It’s a reality to which you refuse to discern. For months, maybe even years, you stayed. You fill your days with excuses for his absence and fantasize the future. Perhaps, one day, he’ll change. Perhaps, one day, you’ll be his priority again.

Some days, you find yourself packing, but fear engulfs your core. It’s the same fear that forces to retreat and prances at your predicament. As you unpack, you kick yourself for letting cowardice cloud your judgment. But my dear, you’re far from being a coward.

Other days, you lead yourself to believe that maybe it’s not so bad. Perhaps, your heart is overreacting. Despite the adversaries, you choose him, and he’s chosen you. Still, there’s always that ounce of dismay that lingers within. Every day, you’ll find excuses to stay.

My dear, I’ve seen your joy dwindle to nothing but apathy. You walk in the past of his touch, his sweet nothings, and his tender kisses. You heart housed a flame blazing with ecstasy, but now, it’s faint.

What is love? Is it indifference? Is it foolish? Is it blinding?

You’ve wondered if this was all a game; a sheer trickery or deceit. To no avail, you continue longing for the man who once promised you the world.

My dear, I’ve seen you persevere. You toiled with all your might. You loved and hoped it’s reciprocated. With all that effort, you’ve found yourself numb from canceled plans and empty promises. Still, you’re entranced by the phantasm of change.

My girl, I hear your cry for help. It’s loud, and it’s clear. He looks at you and doesn’t see past your vulnerability. Your beauty he once saw is overlooked with other stimulants deemed more valuable than yourself.

Still, my sweet, sweet dear, love is pure. When you find it again, you’ll never question it. Love is feeling safe in his warm embrace. Love is a man’s tender touch in the morning before starting the day. Love encourages communication and yields when necessary.

Love will never reduce your value, and it will never pin you down.

My dear, love rocks you to the core where you feel the best version of yourself, and it transforms your individuality. Love cheers for your happiness and holds you when you feel defeated. Love will never intentionally hurt you, but it will tear your walls apart until you’re capable of being vulnerable.

My dear, you might feel like you’re stuck. As though no one hears your cry for help. Your silence is loud, and your tears are a clear reflection of your heartache.

But I want you to know that you’re deserving of love.

One day, you’ll realize you’re beautiful. One day, you’ll know that you’re worthy of love. And when you find that love, love as though you’ve never been hurt before.

Because when you find that love, he’ll understand your silence and swiftly weather your storms. He’ll embrace your imperfections and see passed your flaws. Love will celebrate your individuality, and push you to pursue your passion. Someday, love will remind you of your beauty even when you feel the contrary. Love will not be perfect, but you’ll never have to question it.

One day, you’ll break free and know your worth. One day, you’ll say, ‘enough is enough,’ and you’ll walk away from the disillusions. When that happens, you’ll find clarity intertwining with bliss. Such bliss will lead you to independence that you’ll never look back. You’ll run through the plains knowing you’re capable of enduring pain, but you’ll learn to persevere to spare yourself.

This, I tell you now. You’re beautiful. You’re strong, and you’re worthy.

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Keep Portland Weird is a saying worth noting especially when you’re taking a visit to such an eclectic city. They’re known for many things like pubs, craft beer, restaurants, the infamous unipiper, and ah, their glorious food carts. Diversity thrives in this city as you’ll find mom and pop restaurants deliver cuisines influenced by their homeland. It’s not a matter of whether you’re hungry, but if you have room to down another donut before you fly back home. Now, it’s time to open a bottle of beer because you’re going to need a smooth finishing touch to your underbelly.

Day One in Portland, Oregon

Tasty n Sons

Brunch has a new meaning with inventive cuisines from Tasty n Sons. Inspired by many parts of the globe, restauranteur, John Gorham has made a name for this iconic spot. Enjoy a Breakfast Board Fried Egg n Cheddar Biscuit of house sausage, house-cured bacon, or fried chicken. If you want to fancy your sweet tooth, there’s a dessert just for you; feast on their Chocolate Potato Doughnuts that are sure to stand out from your typical desserts. Business Info

Nong’s Khao Man Gai

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This restaurant is evidence that simple dishes made deliciously merits popularity. Their highlighting meal is rooted by chicken poached in aromatic broth served with rice and herbs. This is the most elementary way to experience Portland, and still– you’d still be doing it right. Business info

Pok Pok

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Forget everything you know about Thai food because pad-thai is not found in the menu. When you want to experience Thai cuisines in the US, you go to Pok Pok. This spot is Portland’s window to Thailand as it introduces you to dishes you’ve never heard before. Did someone say, Fish Sauce Chicken Wings? Sign me up. Business info

Blue Star Donut

When you’re ready for dessert, head over to Blue Star Donuts. From there, you’ll discover local, fresh ingredients that are utilized to make unique flavors that consistently changes every day. They’re most notable for their brioche-style donuts which are made in an 18-hour process along with loads of butter. But worth the fattening consequence. Grab a Cointreau Creme Brulee Doughnut or even a Blueberry Crunch which is hard to miss. Business Info

Day Two in Portland, Oregon

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

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There are numerous cafes in Portland, but the one to visit is Stumptown Coffee Roasters. True ambassadors of coffee, these artisans understand how to craft notes of sweet and bitter undertones in every cup. The magic doesn’t stop there, order a latte and you’ll be delighted with the most intriguing top layer or a heart or leaf design. But that’s not the only thing that makes them so unique. They understand the dynamics of coffee as they deliver flavors from Africa, Indonesia, and parts of Latin America. Business Info

Screen Door

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It takes time to make good fried chicken, but when it’s done right– you’re in for surprises. Arrive early on weekends as you can expect a wait, and you won’t be able to their humble venue as lines extend to the restaurant’s perimeters. Still, the anticipation lives up to its hype with buttermilk-battered chicken is served with tasso ham gravy and collards. Business Info

The Observatory

This restaurants transitions from a casual neighborhood eatery to elegant spot– and it all depends on your liking. However you, please, come in for a drink after work or bring a date for an artful selection of tapas. Come in for brunch to dig in on Shrimp and Grits or dinner for some lamb burger. Either way, you can’t go wrong with any of them. Business Info

Salt & Straw

They’re know for the butterlike finish of their ice cream with experimental flavors such as Strawberry Balsamic with Black Pepper. You guest it; it’s loades with fresh strawberries roasted to perfection, balsamic vinegar and black pepper. If that’s not your cup of tea, another notable dessert to try is their Stumptown Coffee & Burnside Bourbon Ice Cream. Business info