Kira is a Pittsburgh-based writer whose first book, "Respected: How One Word Can Change More Than Just Your Love Life" released in November 2014.

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The 5 Things I Must Do Before I Have A Baby

Recently, my life has become consumed by babies. Specifically, other people’s babies. I'm not complaining, because I actually really happen to like the little blubber balls.  But of all the things I l...
By Kira R.

3 Reasons I Don’t Judge Women Who Like Catcalls

I can’t remember my first catcalling experience, but I definitely remember the first time I was groped. I was 17 years old, and a few frie
By Kira R.

How I Finally Learned To Cope With My Anxiety

December 31, 2013 was a life-changing day for me. The last six months had been rough for me, for many reasons. I felt lost in my career. My marriage was falling apart. For 28 years, my main mission in...
By Kira R.

The 3 Pieces Of Advice I'd Give My Younger Self

When it comes to dating and relationships, I was a late bloomer. In fact, I didn’t even have my first kiss until I was 21 years old. Up to that point, my romantic life consisted primarily of fantasies...
By Kira R.

How To Tell Your Relationship Is Ready For A Dog

Three years ago, my then-boyfriend, now-husband and I decided to adopt a cat. We had been living together for a few months and Valentine’s Day was coming up, so we thought we’d celebrate by adding a p...
By Kira R.

5 Types Of Toxic People You Need To Break Up With

I'm going to sound like such a social worker when I say this, but one of my favorite words in the whole wide world is "boundaries." Say it with me. Boundaries. It just rolls off your tongue, doesn't i...
By Kira R.

What To Do When A Friend Isn't There For You

Ask this breakup coach why breakups suck and I could go on and on. It doesn't matter who initiates it, or if it's mutually agreed upon; when a relationship ends, tears are often shed by both parties. ...
By Kira R.

5 Ways To Help A Heartbroken Friend On V-Day

Heartbroken women all over the world are faced with quite the task this Valentine’s Day. Their challenge, whether they choose to admit it or not, may simply be to get through February 14th. Many of us...
By Kira R.

How I Feel Watching 'Selma' With Two White People

When my best friend asked me to see Selma with her, I almost said no. Race relations in this country have me a little exhausted lately, and the thought of spending two hours watching racism in action ...
By Kira R.

5 Things You Shouldn't Do After a Breakup

Pretty much all the choices you can make after a breakup fall into one of two categories: the choice to "be" or to "do." Allowing yourself to simply “be” after a breakup is pretty tough. Who wants to ...
By Kira R.

5 Signs Your Relationship Is Toxic

Breakups suck. Sure, there are times when two people mutually decide to end their romantic relationship and the split is amicable. But for the rest of us normal folks, breakups are just the worst. Tha...
By Kira R.