Laken Howard
I'm an alum of NU/Medill who recently returned to Chicago after a three-year stint in Brooklyn. Also a new cat mom to Lil Beeb, a grey tabby who has no idea how paranoid I am about accidentally causing her death!

Hooking Up With Your Ex May Not Be As Bad For You As You Think, A New Study Says

It seems like there's one piece of post-heartbreak advice that's more common than any other: 'whatever you do, don't sleep with your ex!' While this admonition is typically given with the best of intentions, what works for one person doesn't…
By Laken Howard

So Cuffing Season Is Actually NOT A Good Time To Get Into A Relationship & Here's Why

As the days start getting shorter and the nights start getting colder, that can only mean one thing: the beginning of cuffing season is upon us at last. Cuffing season is that time of year when singles start desperately searching for a partner to…
By Laken Howard

HR Managers Reveal The 9 Questions You Should Always Ask Before You Accept A New Job

When you're focused on getting out of your current job and landing a new one, it can be easy to forget that job interviews are a two-way street. Yes, your would-be employer should be asking all the right questions in order to get to know you as a…
By Laken Howard

We Need To Talk About Why Women Still Don't Propose To Men

The wedding industry has clearly gone through a lot of changes in recent years — and not just in terms of the now-omnipresent wedding hashtag. Now more than ever, folks are embracing the nontraditional when it comes to their nuptials, likely due in…
By Laken Howard

Taking Control Of My Finances Changed My Life — And Ended My Relationship

As much influence as money has over our lives, it’s one of those subjects that’s just not easy to talk about — especially for young women. According to a 2015 survey from Fidelity, eight out of 10 women said they don’t discuss finances with friends…
By Laken Howard

7 Tips For Making The Most Out Of Living Alone For The Very First Time

When you're about to take the plunge into living alone for the first time, it can be both exciting and a little scary. On the one hand, it can be nerve-wracking to think of being completely on your own when it comes to some of the less fun stuff —…
By Laken Howard

Here's Why We Need To Change The Conversation Around Virginity

Even though it's 2018 and our collective view of sex is evolving — thanks in large part to the feminist, LGBTQ+, and sex-positive movements, of course — there still seems to be a lot of judgment surrounding sex. Whether we're telling them when, how,…
By Laken Howard

Here's How My First Breakup Taught Me To Embrace My Single Status

For most of my adolescent and young adult life, I was pretty much the textbook definition of the perpetually single girl — and honestly, I hated it. My always-solo relationship status wasn't for lack of trying, either: during college I swiped…
By Laken Howard

How To Tell If You Have "Grass Is Greener" Syndrome In Dating — And Ways To Overcome It

At some point or another, you've probably heard the old saying "the grass is greener on the other side" — and it's pretty likely that you heard it used in the context of dating and relationships. But what does it mean if someone is suffering from…
By Laken Howard

13 Fun Date Ideas To Try This Month If You Just Can't Wait For Fall

As we get closer and closer to the end of this sweltering hot summer, it's hard not to look forward to the slightly chilly fall months ahead — especially because there are so many great date ideas for fall, from pumpkin or apple picking to scary…
By Laken Howard

Why Is Sexual Health A Woman's Responsibility?

When you think about what it means to take care of your sexual health, a few images probably come to mind — remembering to take your birth control pill, always insisting on using protection, or going in for a routine STI screening. But as great as…
By Laken Howard

7 Signs Hooking Up With Your Ex Is A Bad Idea

There’s no shortage of terrible things about going through a breakup, but if you had a great sexual connection with your now-ex, one of the worst parts of breaking up can be realizing you might never hook up with that person again. But if you’re…
By Laken Howard

9 First Date Tips For When You're Going Out With Someone You've Never Met Before

When you're going on a date with someone you've never met before — whether that's someone you met on a dating app, a friend of a friend, or a totally blind date — it's normal to be a little nervous and worry that things won't go well. After all,…
By Laken Howard

How Texting A Sex And Relationships Coaching App Helped Me Process My First Real Breakup

When it comes to healing after a breakup, there's no one right way to go about it — and it's not exactly something that gets easier with time. But as someone who recently went through my very first breakup, I'll readily admit that I really had no…
By Laken Howard

How Trauma-Informed Yoga Can Be Healing For Survivors Of Domestic & Sexual Violence

When you picture a typical yoga class, you probably envision a room full of flexible folks being taught and having their form corrected by a very hands-on instructor while some ambient music plays in the background... but at an Exhale to Inhale yoga…
By Laken Howard

7 Ground Rules You Should Set When You First Move In With Your Partner

Of all the relationship milestones out there, moving in with your partner for the first time is undoubtedly one of the most exciting things you can experience as a couple. But as much fun as it is to imagine the endless nights of cuddling, cooking…
By Laken Howard

9 Questions To Ask Someone On A First Date If You've Never Met Them Before

If you're someone who tends to get nervous on first dates, imagining how well — or not well — the conversation with your date might go can be a major source of pre-date stress. The good news? As long as you have an idea of some questions to ask on a…
By Laken Howard

The One Sex Position You Need To Try In August

The last full month of summer is upon us, and you know what that means: it’s the perfect time to try out some of the best sex positions for summer before it’s too late! Once winter hits — and believe me, it’ll be here before we know it — sex is all…
By Laken Howard

Here's Why Focusing On Orgasm Too Much Can Actually Be Bad For Your Sex Life

Each year, July 31 marks what is possibly the sexiest holiday of the year: National Orgasm Day. But, while orgasms are certainly a wonderful thing worth celebrating any day of the year, it can actually be harmful if we as a society put too much…
By Laken Howard

7 Valid Reasons To End A Relationship, Even If You Love Your Partner

When you're head-over-heels in love with your partner, it can be hard to even imagine the possibility of breaking up — but the unfortunate truth is that many long-term relationships, even the ones most filled with love, aren't always built to last.…
By Laken Howard