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‘Drinking my water and minding my business’ has always been my mood, but with all the talk around hydration lately, I’ve started wondering what exactly is the right way to drink my water. On one hand, there is the school of thought that subscribes to drinking a gallon of water a day. There’s a school of thought that subscribes to somewhere around the ballpark of 2-3 liters of water per day. There are also water enthusiasts who wouldn’t dare touch a bottle of purified water over alkaline water. And then there’s the side of the internet who are head to head about drinking plain water and its benefits and adding enhancements to “superpower” it.

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As Told To is a recurring segment on xoNecole where women are given a platform to tell their stories in the first-person narrative, as told to a writer.

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As I prepare to enter into my third consecutive month of twerking to "Low" as one of my morning non-negotiables, I can't help but be in awe of the way 2023 is shaping up for our girl SZA. The singer-songwriter has been known to provide us with rawly introspective anthems that speak to the parts of us that are healed and the parts of us that still have a little more work to do. It's that relatability and that vulnerability that made us pay attention when she dropped her debut album CTRL, made us yearn for her in the years that followed, and made us pledge our allegiance to SZAisms after she released her highly anticipated sophomore album SOS last month.

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I was today years old when I learned the 'why' behind getting a pap smear. I always used to look at it as one of my annuals that I booked an appointment for, propped up my legs, braced for the discomfort of the speculum, and just did. I knew it was for my health but for some reason, it never clicked for me that a pap smear had everything to do with being preventative and was mostly about your cervix. Even as a 31-year-old who had a LEEP procedure done to remove precancerous cells nearly a decade ago, the dots never totally connected for me that ‘pap smear’ is to the cervix and cervical cancer as ‘mammogram’ is to breasts and breast cancer. Don’t come for me, but I was simply doing what I was ‘supposed’ to do without thinking of the bigger picture as it relates to my health and preventative measures like annual pap smears.

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Yara Shahidi has officially entered her selfish era. The 22-year-old is known for her beyond-her-years wisdom, her passion for activism and human rights, her stunning beauty, and her unapologetically radiating main character energy both on-screen and off. She divides her time between acting, producing projects that move through her production company 7th Sun Productions, and spending time with her close-knit family. And as a recent grad from her dream school, Harvard University, Yara is coming even more into herself as she enters 2023 with the decision to take the focus off of dating and put that energy on herself.

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It’s officially been a year and six months since I made the move to Mexico City full-time. And while Mexico is home to rich culture, prideful people, and breathtaking beaches, I’ve come to grow an even deeper love and appreciation for the place I now call my home away from home. Domestic travel will do that for you and has only helped to increase my affinity for all things Mexico. Forbes recently dropped their list of the top five travel destinations of 2023, and coming in the third position nestled right under St. Kitts and just above Japan was Mexico.

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