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Curious creature, pursuer of passion, unbeliever in limiting or lengthy bios. Email me at hollybradshaw.writer@gmail.com.

Men-children and unskilled lovers are now off the menu

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There was a time when I wasn’t so picky about the men I wanted sexually. If I crossed paths with a guy I was attracted to, a guy who desired me, who made me feel that spark — all I wanted was to free-fall right into him.

I was a…


Relationship counseling is painful yet necessary — like a root canal.

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My husband and I are in a very strange place right now. After being separated for over a month, he’s moved back in, and we’re currently deep into couple’s therapy.

I’ve written about his emotional affair, and how what he said about me to the woman he loved wounded me…


My first experience with a woman was incredible — until our friendship fell apart

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When we first met, we clicked right away.

We were in a play together, and we bonded instantly. We were like twins. So much in common, the same sense of humor. It wasn’t long before we were hanging out a ton, even outside of rehearsal.

I grew close with several…


Silencing your readers’ voices on Medium when they disagree means you can dish out criticism, but you can’t take it (or learn from it)

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I’ve been blocked by two writers since I joined Medium about three years ago.

In both cases, the writers were outspoken and had strong (some would say cruel/judgmental) opinions, and they didn’t like that I disagreed with their stances.

Before I get deep into my gripe, I want to be…


Searching for motivation after trauma

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I’ve always wanted to do a boudoir photoshoot. I find them to be empowering for women — not to mention a truly beautiful artform.

I love photos that show off the beauty and sexuality of women of every shape and size. And I especially love lingerie fashion.

About a month…


Where did my passion go?

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“How many times a week would you say you drink?”

My old general practitioner had just retired, and this was my very first physical with the new doc. I hated to disappoint him with my answer, but I knew I would.

“Mmm…maybe three to four…sometimes five nights a week?” …


When you like people sometimes, but not all the time

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Many of us dream of successfully escaping the 9-to-5 grind.

But I dreamed of jumping into it.

After three years of freelance editing and copywriting, I still wasn’t earning what I needed to properly take care of my family. …


Returning to marriage after a devastating betrayal

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“I feel like…like I have no feelings.” Oops. I realize I’ve just contradicted myself to my therapist. You can’t really feel like you have no feelings, can you? The pedantic editor in me makes a correction.

“I mean, I have feelings. Or, I did. Now I just feel numb about…


When irrational thoughts make your world smaller

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I’ve never seen a Star Wars film.

Really. It’s true.

I don’t wear this badge of dishonor with pride. I mean, it’s certainly a conversation starter when I meet new people — just not necessarily the good kind.

If they’re a fan, they look at me like I’m a creature…


My Sexy Research with Medium’s Sweethearts, Emma and Jake Austin

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When I first started out on Medium, I knew I wanted to write honest and vulnerable essays about love, sex, and relationships — among other things.

I very quickly stumbled across Emma Austin and her sexy and sensual musings. I followed her work and felt inspired by how she was…

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