Journalist, content writer & editor

Dating, sex, & relationships; travel; lifestyle; finance; health; feel-good stories; and pop culture/celebrity news. (This page is only showing 86 published stories, though I have written thousands.)

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Chicago Tribune

No rent: My life as a couch-surfer - RedEye Chicago

No rent: My life as a couch-surfer - RedEye Chicago...

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How to Enjoy a Retreat, from Someone who Doesn’t do Retreats.

I am not a retreat kind of girl. Ambulance sirens, cars honking, people blasting music too loud—I would have taken city noise and chaos over silence any day. If I didn’t hear those indications ......

Chicago Tribune

Chicago: It's not too late to start that balcony garden--but hurry up ...

Chicago: It's not too late to start that balcony ga...


Natalia Lusinski

Aside from Bustle, Natalia writes for HelloGiggles, Simplemost, and The Delite. You can also find more of her writing and personal essays in places such as the L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune's RedEye, xoJane, Elite Daily, Scary Mommy, Elephant Journal, and Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. She has a...

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What I learned from dating someone with a drinking problem

What dating someone with a drinking problem taught me about myself....


What Nobody Tells You About Moving In Together

At some point, you may decide to live with your significant other. Some experts think it should be avoided altogether if your goal is to get married, while others think moving in together is a good idea — and the one way to really get to know someone...

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Elite Daily

Don't Kiss And Tell: 12 Pieces Of Dating Advice From My Grandma

'You should only date gentlemen. Life's too short not to.'...


What I Learned From Being On The TV Show ‘Blind Date’, Because Dating Is A lot Different When Thought Bubbles Are Involved

We all go on blind dates, but not all of us go on Blind Date, the TV show. You know, the one with the thought bubbles above daters’ heads. When I was in my twenties, I went on the show; I thought that I’d first be a guest on it, then...

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The Time I Was An Online Dating Coach … For My Mom –

Her romantic triumphs were my romantic triumphs....


8 Benefits Of Being Single During The Holidays

‘Tis the season to be single! And actually, being single over the holidays is trendy, too, says a study of Facebook profiles that found two weeks before Christmas is the most popular time of year that people break up. A few years ago, a friend of min...


The One Word To Stop Using On Dating Apps

While there are plenty of articles out there on what to say to someone in an opening message online, when it comes down to what not...


Crying At Work Helped Me Get Over My Breakup, Because Sometimes A Temp Job Is Better Than A Pint Of Ice Cream

Last spring, I was heartbroken beyond belief and should have gotten stock in Ben & Jerry's (especially Chocolate Fudge Brownie). I didn't want to leave my room, let alone my house — the same place The Ex had lived with me — though getting out of...


11 Benefits Of Using Dating Apps Vs. Dating Sites, Because Efficiency Is Key

If you've been single within the last couple of years, I’m sure you’ve used a dating app or two (or ten), as well as online dating sites via your computer. Hands down or fingers down, I should say — there are more benefits to using dating apps versus...


What It Means If You & Your Partner Have Incompatible Signs

You and a new love interest seem to have a ton in common: similar hobbies, values, and even a shared love of obscure documentaries. Until you have your first conflict and wonder if your signs are compatible. A friend says your astrological signs don’...


Why I Never Google Stalk My Dates (Or Give Them My Real Email Address), Because Mystery Is Better Than History

In this cyberstalk-able age, I don't Google stalk my dates in advance. Whether I met the guy through friends, at a party, or online, I prefer getting to know him as the actual person sitting across from me versus whom I read about on my laptop via an...