An image of a Christmas tree branch with a wooden heart ornament.

No, You Don’t “Have To” This Holiday Season

Every year, we talk about the need to simplify and slowdown during the holiday season. We talk about how we’re going to say no to consumerism and be grateful for what we have instead. We talk about “the real meaning of Christmas,” like we’ve made some grand, new discovery…

Melissa McMillan sitting on a couch in her pajamas, holding a mug of coffee.

But First, Kindness

I’ve always been the “nice girl.” It’s a label I’ve carried for as long as I can remember. But, I’ve come to realize, “nice” is not really what I want to be…

Melissa McMillan sitting with her heading her hands in a somber mood.