5 ways to develop an attitude of gratitude

I read something about gratitude on Pinterest that stuck with me. “What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today. Wow. That’s when I got serious about developing an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude shouldn’t be a passing thought or every-now-and-then thing. It’s not that feeling of relief when the cop didn’t pull you over … Read More

Choosing children (or not) – real women weigh in

Monday, Danielle shared why she gave her daughter up for adoption. Wednesday, I shared why I’m childless by choice. For today’s post, we asked real women, from their early 20’s to their early 50’s,  why they decided to have children. Or not to have them. Or, if they’re still deciding, what’s influencing their decision. To breed or not to breed, that is the question. … Read More

Love Lessons from My Exes

As part of our new mini series, Love Lesson from My Exes, we’re sharing what women of all ages have learned about love (and themselves) on the dating scene. Here are Susan’s love lessons so far. 1. Holding a grudge against an ex will only be harmful to you, not to your ex. 2. Good sex is not a good enough reason to stay … Read More

Love Lessons from My Exes

As part of our new mini series, Love Lesson from My Exes, we’re sharing what women of all ages have learned about love (and themselves) on the dating scene. MJ’s a personal trainer, Taekwondo Black Belt and all-around cool girl. Here are her love lessons so far. Long distance is not for me. The world will want you to abandon your own hopes and … Read More

Ink Again: Why my second tattoo probably won’t be my last

“Is there something you want to tell us? “Why would you do that? “Are you depressed?” “That’s weird.” Given the responses to my first tattoo, a semicolon that symbolizes suicide awareness, you might think I’d be gun shy about getting another one. But while the semicolon was a reminder that, despite my anxiety and depression, my story is not over, my … Read More

Love Lessons From My Exes

For being only nineteen I’ve lived through some intense relationships and learned some valuable love lessons from my exes.  I would feel selfish not sharing what I’ve learned with others because not everyone has experienced what I have at such a young age. Having so much experience is bittersweet, when I think about it, because I don’t want to be jaded about love. I want to … Read More

The F*ck It List: Toxic beliefs and behaviors to lose in 2017

Not going to lie: 2016 was tough. Everyone seemed to be limping toward the finish line and many of us were furiously setting goals for a happier, more productive 2017. But instead of focusing only on the things we want to accomplish in the new year, Morgan and I decided to identify some beliefs and behaviors we wanted to leave … Read More

Auntie Venom’s Most Popular Posts in 2016

It was a great first year for Auntie Venom blog and Morgan and I thank you for your support. We were still finding our footing for the first few months (and I was calling Morgan Emmi before she became a full time collaborator) but we got into a groove and now have a clear vision for 2017. We also have … Read More

AV Gift Guide: Irresistible prezzies on the cheap

Morgan and I have collaborated on the first ever AV Gift guide, our 10 festive favorites to give (or get.) And because we know lists are long but budgets are tight this time of year, we’ve made sure everything is $40 or less. Way less. Practically free. That’s our gift to you. For the cat lady in training: Gama-Go Kitty Egg Mold A good … Read More

Warsan Shire: The unexpected gift of Lemonade

Morgan shares her newfound love for the poetry of Warsan Shire and what it means to her.    Beyonce’s Lemonade gave me all the feels for a lot of reasons. If you’ve ever gone through a bad breakup, been cheated on or desperately needed to draw strength from your tribe, you know what I’m talking about. But Bey’s visual album … Read More