Maggie Suszka

Lover of the ocean, hopeless romantic and boogie wonderland aficionado from Chicago. You can find me on the beach reading the New York Times Modern Love column.
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Making a Career Pivot Mid-Pandemic

Countless days spent waking up in bed, working from bed, lapping around the same block, eating in the same place and doing it all over again for days without end leaves you tapping into your mind to escape. Boredom, inspiration, and the recession all have fingers pointed at them for reasons why individuals were struck…

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Recognizing Codependency and Breaking Free Of It

In early October, my best and longest friend slid a book across the table, her eyes looking away and intently into the crowded screen on her laptop. It read “Codependent No More” in bright hot pink letters. As an individual with an intimate relationship with an alcoholic, my body was met with a weird mix…

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If Your S.O. Hints They Don’t Posses Empathy, Run

I recently went through a breakup. These are some of the words I was on the receiving end of: “The most interesting thing that has happened between us in the past three weeks is that you taught me the buttons on the duvet cover.” I scoffed, but only in my mind. It clicked for the…

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Beauty Brands are Becoming White Again, as Black Creators Drive Sales

The beauty industry is no stranger to backlash on representation and race. This past summer created a massive shift in dialogue and uprising for accountability of brands. For the first time it was not a discussion of products being taken off shelves – like skin whitening creams – but a spotlight on who is being…

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How Much Should We Really Be Saving Right Now?

Amidst a pandemic, working from a 4×4 room, having limited moments of adventure, a political divide unparalleled to anything we have experienced before and many other moments of stress from the past few months, a pressing question remains on the minds of most: How Much Should We Really Be Saving Right Now?  Most of us…

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A Thank You Letter to My Quarantine Cohabiter

Thank you for teaching me how to make taquitos.  Thank you for stealing the good kind of toilet paper from your moms house.  Thank you for comforting me when I told you there had been an outbreak in my family’s apartment building back home and I could not go to Chicago anymore.  Thank you for…

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Why It’s Okay to Shut Off in the Name of Mental Health

Over a phone call with a best friend in Chicago, I very quietly shared that I had stopped reading the news. Being in public, I made my confession in a hushed whisper.  I was embarrassed and continued to share that it felt like a naive decision at a time like this, but it was keeping…

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Losing Your Work Wife Ain’t Easy

I experienced a major relationship loss at the end of last year. With 2019 having come to a close, so had my most valued, special work relationship. I can’t blame her for flying the coop, she is on to bigger and better things – including a salary that is nearly double what she was making….

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Learning to Work Out Your Inner Self

While many of us have heads that are still spinning and hands that are trying to remember to write or type 2020 instead of 2019, others have fully launched into a world of wellness focused regimens for the new year. For many, it’s working out to get their bodies lean and mean for the months…

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