Natalia Lusinski

Writer & editor specializing in travel, dating, money, pop culture, & lifestyle topics.

Hello! You'll find a small sampling of my work below, organized by category.
I’m a writer & editor specializing in travel, dating, money, pop culture, and lifestyle topics.

I write regularly for Bustle and HelloGiggles, as well as freelance (everything from content writing to analyzing screenplays).
My writing has also appeared in places such as the L.A. Times, Yahoo, MSN, Business Insider, Marie Claire UK, xoJane, Scary Mommy, Elite Daily,
Purple Clover, the Chicago Tribune's RedEye, The Daily Dot, and Simplemost.

You can contact me at [email protected] regarding work-related topics — or just to say hi. :)

Portfolio

22 real 20-somethings explain why they choose to save money, even when things are tight
Money is a feminist issue - and yet, women are still reluctant to talk about it. According to a recent Bustle survey of more than 1,000 millennial women, more than 50 percent of...
These statistics about Americans' saving habits are staggering
If you don't have emergency savings, you're not alone. Over a quarter of Americans (!) don't have emergency savings, according to Bankrate's June Financial Security Index.
16 Millennial Women Explain Their Relationship With Their Bank Account
Money is a feminist issue - and yet, women are still reluctant to talk about it. According to a recent Bustle survey of more than 1,000 millennial women, more than 50 percent of...
How Much 14 Millennial Women Save Every Month
Money is a feminist issue - and yet, women are still reluctant to talk about it. According to a recent Bustle survey of more than 1,000 millennial women, more than 50 percent of...
Download These 5 Mobile Apps To Make Extra Money Using Your Smartphone
We could all use some extra cash, right? How would you like to make money without even leaving your house? We know we would! There are companies that will pay you to watch...
11 Simple Ways To Save Money On Food And Drinks
It happens to all of us. We're exhausted, we pass by a Starbucks, we make a U-turn and go in. Next thing we know, it becomes routine, a $4 latte here, a $5 Frappuccino there....
9 Simple Ways To Save Even More Money When Flying Southwest
If you're like a lot of people, you love flying Southwest. Not only can you check two bags-for free!-but you can also choose your own seat based on their open seating system....
5 Easy Money-Minded Resolutions For A Prosperous 2017
Now that it's officially the new year, we're making resolutions about everything from exercising more to drinking less. But what about money? We often prioritize things like...
Here Are 5 Things You Can Rent Out To Earn Extra Income
If you own property, it's likely you've at least considered renting out some or all of your space as a source of income (especially if that property is a second home, for...

Personal Essay

How A Coldplay Concert Gave Me The Courage To Begin The Grieving Process
I've always loved Coldplay, but during this week's concert in Chicago, I became an even bigger fan. They were able to do for me what no one else has been able to do thus far:...
How I quit texting (and became a better friend)
When people find out I don't text, they look at me with a mixture of shock and pity like something's wrong with me, as though I live in a land foreign to them. The thing is, I...
How Nightly Walks Help Me Grieve.
“How will you ever find a boyfriend wearing that?” my 93-year-old grandma asked me as I stood before her in the nursing home.
What I Learned From Being On The TV Show 'Blind Date', Because Dating Is A lot Different When...
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.
The hazards of Halloween parties
A date with a zombie turned my stomach, until he stole my heart. I always hated zombies. But I liked Gordon. He was going to be at my friend Jaime's annual Halloween party in...
What I learned from dating someone with a drinking problem
I was holding a plastic tray full of miniature bottles of alcohol-including SKYY Vodka, Beefeater Gin and Johnnie Walker-as part of my Halloween costume. I was a 1970s retro...
What I Learned From Writing Other People's Online Dating Profiles
Most of us online date-but many of us don't know how to market ourselves. After a while, all the profiles sound the same, full of similar clichés and adjectives. "Looking for a...
The Time I Was An Online Dating Coach ... For My Mom
"Nat, it's an emergency," my 66-year-old mother's voice said as I listened to her phone message outside of my office. After she called five times in a row, I figured it was...
IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Had Crippling OCD and Believed I Could "Catch" Cancer
After the tenth time I triggered my apartment's smoke detector from a frantic, germ-blasting, Jacuzzi-temperature shower, I knew things had gotten out of control. It was 2 a.m....
Don't Kiss And Tell: 12 Pieces Of Dating Advice From My Grandma
Growing up, my grandma was never short of advice for me, especially about dating. And, as much as I refused to listen, she ended up being right. Since she dated a lot before she...
That time I had to sign a relationship prenup
There seem to be two kinds of people in the world: pro-prenup and against. It took a friend of mine months to finalize her divorce because she and her husband disagreed on what...
Nocturnal Connections: How a Bout of Insomnia Led to the Most Unlikely of Friendships.
I couldn’t sleep—again—and my boyfriend, Alex, was asleep next to me when I first heard the noise: a pattering of footsteps across his hardwood floor.

Mental Health

What Dating Is Like When You Have OCD
I'm on a date, and we're sharing some homemade potato chips at a cool new cafe in town. He drops a chip on the table and then EATS IT. I watch this in slow motion, repulsed and...
5 Conditions That Can Be Mistaken For Depression
You may know someone who is clinically depressed or you may suffer from depression yourself. However, there are several disorders that resemble depression that shouldn't be...
Stop A Panic Attack With These 5 Easy Steps
Chances are, we've all had a panic attack at some point or know someone who has-your heart races, you can barely breathe or catch your breath, and you (obviously) panic. Maybe...
Simple Ways To Fight Common Anxiety Without Medication
Stress and anxiety. Who doesn't have them, right? It seems that the older we get, the more there is to worry about. Paying rent turns into paying a mortgage, getting engaged...
3 Ways Chocolate Can Help People With Anxiety
Chocolate can help anxiety? It's true - in moderation, at least, and most studies suggest dark chocolate, not milk or white. A few years ago, researchers even tested the theory...
Feeling Anxious? 10 Products To Help Calm You Down
With the holidays right around the corner, even the most relaxed people can start to feel a little stressed. And if you or someone you know suffers from anxiety, the frenetic...

Feel-Good


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