• Desiree Johnson on Love Hurts

    All The Feelings You'll Definitely Have After Bumping Into An Ex

    All The Feelings You'll Definitely Have After Bumping Into An Ex

    Running into your ex turns your entire world into a slow-motion Instagram video you just want to speed up. If you've ever bumped into him or her — whether it be fresh off a breakup, or months or years later — you know there is really nothing that can prepare you for how you will react. […]
  • Desiree Johnson on Love Hurts

    How To Deal With Hating Your Best Friend's New BF Without Risking Your Friendship

    How To Deal With Hating Your Best Friend's New BF Without Risking Your Friendship

    When you and your best friend's partner don't get along, it's a recipe for disaster because nobody wins. It's an uphill battle littered with arguments and constantly feeling like you have to try to maintain the peace. Everyone has a role they play, and the best friend, you're tasked with being the “bigger person” and expected to […]
  • Desiree Johnson on Love Hurts

    I Hooked Up With My Best Friend, But He Pretended It Didn't Happen

    I Hooked Up With My Best Friend, But He Pretended It Didn't Happen

    I think the hardest three words I ever had to hear were my best friend saying our hookup was just a “one-night thing.” Being friends for over six years, we've seen each other through everything. He was there when my ex-boyfriend died at the age of 19. When I met the Voldermort to my Harry Potter […]
  • Desiree Johnson on Love Hurts

    How My Ex Cheating On Me Made Me More Confident Than I Ever Was Before

    How My Ex Cheating On Me Made Me More Confident Than I Ever Was Before

    Cheating: the cardinal relationship sin. It's the most selfish act a person can do in a relationship because it has a power punch that affects both people. It takes a long time after the demise of a relationship to be able to reflect on an incident like cheating and see any positive side to it. For me, […]
  • Desiree Johnson in Dating

    How To Deal When Your Partner Can't Balance Both Career And Your Relationship

    How To Deal When Your Partner Can't Balance Both Career And Your Relationship

    It's ironic that only a year ago, I was writing about being in a relationship with a partner who had no set goals, ambition or determination. But now, I have someone in my life who's exactly the opposite. For the first time in my life, I am involved with a partner whose hustle matches mine. […]
  • Desiree Johnson in Dating

    Here's Why Giving Your SO An Ultimatum Isn't Selfish, It's Confident

    Here's Why Giving Your SO An Ultimatum Isn't Selfish, It's Confident

    I have learned and experienced many things during my dating life, but I never thought I'd reach the point of ultimatums with a guy. I never wanted to be that type of woman. In my head, an ultimatum meant throwing a tantrum, stomping your feet, wanting things your way or the highway. I think we […]
  • Desiree Johnson on Love IRL

    If Your Friends Call Your SO Controlling, Put It To The Test Here

    If Your Friends Call Your SO Controlling, Put It To The Test Here

    Control is an aspect of relationships that has victimized me a few times. It's this false sense of power you may unwillingly — or willingly — give another person in the name of love, balance or stability. It's bullshit, to be honest, but we must call a spade a spade. In my experience, it was not being confident […]
  • Desiree Johnson on Love Hurts

    Why Dating A Genuinely Good Guy Isn't Always Easy For Independent Women

    Why Dating A Genuinely Good Guy Isn't Always Easy For Independent Women

    So you might think dating a good guy isn't hard. It's what all girls want, right? And if that's not what you've been doing, you've probably experienced more than your fair share of relationship woes. Wrong. If you're like me, a 20-something millenial, forging your own path, fighting the good fight and struggling to balance your […]
  • Desiree Johnson on Off The Grid

    4 Signs You Might Break Up, As Told By Your First Vacation Together

    4 Signs You Might Break Up, As Told By Your First Vacation Together

    One of the ultimate steps you take with your partner in a relationship is making the big decision to finally travel together. Whether you're traveling by air, land or sea, your destination isn't always as crucial as long as you're together, right? Traveling with any person helps you learn more about their habits, interests, spending […]
  • Desiree Johnson on Off The Grid

    3 Things You Need To Know To Survive A Move To Chicago

    3 Things You Need To Know To Survive A Move To Chicago

    I was a loud and proud Texan when I decided to uproot myself to pursue graduate school in Chicago. I never could have anticipated how drastic of a move it was. I had never even visited this “Windy City” that movies and books boasted about, but when my feet touched the Midwest concrete of the city, […]
  • Desiree Johnson on Family Comes First

    Becoming An Aunt Made Me Realize I Wasn't Ready To Be A Mother

    Becoming An Aunt Made Me Realize I Wasn't Ready To Be A Mother

    I've always been extremely vocal about not wanting to have children. I've never been the “type,” if there is one. That isn't to say moms don't come in all kinds of fun flavors, but I know I'm not one of them. I didn't realize how true that statement was until my baby sister got pregnant […]
  • Desiree Johnson in Entertainment

    Why Jesse Williams' Speech Is What We've Been Missing In 2016

    Why Jesse Williams' Speech Is What We've Been Missing In 2016

    Many of you know Jesse Williams as the happy, charming, charismatic Jackson Avery on Shonda Rimes' hit TV show “Grey's Anatomy.” Last night, we were blessed with the passion, grace, eloquence and poetic intelligence that is Jesse Williams, the activist. BET rightfully honored an individual who may be known for his soulful eyes and an […]