Take COVID away, but please leave my comfy fashion confidence

I would say my overarching mission in writing is to make people feel less alone. When I have struggled with something or felt confused about something, it has always helped me to read about someone else’s experiences and think ah, so that’s how they handled it or great, I’m not…

Here are some of the insights from the first ten years of mine.

I recently stumbled upon this piece by Rishad Tobaccowala called “12 Career Lessons,” where he shares smart advice for people at each stage of their careers — The Early Years, The Middle Decades, and The Later Years:

I think there’s a lot of wisdom to be gained here (considerably more…

I’m not an expert, I just enjoy managing my own finances! Don’t sue me!!

A few rare times over the course of my 20s, my friends have asked me for financial advice.

I know what you’re thinking. Bridgett, you write bullshit astrology advice on the internet and are currently employed by a company that pays you to make animal content*— why in the world would anyone go to you for financial advice?

I don’t really know, dear reader! But I do know…

TL;DR: Networking! (But if you keep reading I’ll give you some templates.)

As pandemic summer began to turn to pandemic fall, I started feeling like it was time to expand my professional horizons. Maybe it’s the topsy turvy nature of life in quarantine and all of the things that are constantly changing and throwing us for new loops. And so I thought…

It’s nicer than I thought

I’ve done my fair share of hand wringing about getting married.

Marriage, I figured, would be fine in the end. I had my fears of the unknown, but I love the person I’m marrying a lot. The worst part of getting married, I assumed, would be being engaged, a transitional…

Learning and Unlearning a Few Things Amidst a Pandemic

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, my fiancé Aaron and I officially adopted our dog Honey.

I went to work that morning and had a series of increasingly important meetings. I had a bit of a cold/cough thing going on, but I made myself go in because that’s the kind of…

From a relentless salary negotiator

In my first full-time job out of college, my salary was $38,500.

This may seem like a lot of money or not very much money depending on where you’re at financially. …


My significant other and I have been living together for five years. At this point, we’re pretty good at it. We share domestic responsibilities equitably. We know how and when to give each other space. We’ve cultivated rituals that range from strange to spiritual — like hiding tiny pumpkins around…

Love, loss, and the ingredients in between

When I left the first person I loved from a distance I swore I would never do it again. Isn’t that always the best foreshadowing? As soon as you swear you won’t do something it has a way of making itself inescapable.

I wanted to love someone who could make…

Instagram, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

This summer I’ve started tapering off Instagram.

I say tapering off because that’s what it is — I don’t plan to quit altogether. But I’m intentionally lessening the time I spend there, and reflecting on what it does for me.

Let’s get into why I’m doing this first and then…

Bridgett Colling

I write things on the internet for business and pleasure. I live in Chicago with my partner and my pets. https://tinyletter.com/bridgettwrites

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