Don’t let hard times deceive you.

Informational interview
Informational interview
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Two years into living the same existence, I decided that 2020 was the year I was going to make some big changes in my life. At the beginning of last year, I was just on the cusp of preparing myself to embark on new adventures when the pandemic hit hard like a bowling ball. All my pins of a plan came crashing down, and it was by no means the kind of strike I was hoping for. …


Some might say it’s forgivable. I say it’s “forgiving.”

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Should the perception of imperfect justice make the reality of forgiveness impossible?

I specify the “perception” of imperfect justice, because two camps exist: one believes that Derek Chauvin is guilty, while another believes that Chauvin should not have been declared guilty of all charges, if any, due to the added complexity of George Floyd’s drug use and the full context of the incident. At any given moment to one person or another, imperfect justice is the status quo.

The State of Minnesota v. Derek Michael Chauvin trial has been the most high-profile court case in America over the past year…


Work

Because either it’s not working or you don’t enjoy it.

Man holding money to his head
Man holding money to his head
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Perhaps like me, for the longest time, you’ve been trying to find a sustainable side hustle that brings in some extra cash and could ideally double as a passion project. You want to spend your free time on a productive activity that you feel excited about and can look forward to outside your normal day job. The timing feels right, but a good mutual fit still hasn’t presented itself.

Nevertheless, maybe you’re continuing to pressure yourself into identifying an additional income stream for one or more of the following reasons:

  • It seems like the uptick in side hustles today is…


Do you ever feel like your first job will subconsciously become your last?

$100 bill
$100 bill
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On Friday night, I found myself in the office — crying, because I was more tired than sad. I thought I was going to make a difference, go out and change the world (at least that’s what they told me in school). Now, it seems like nothing changes, and I wonder if anyone else feels it too.

In the past week, three folks have asked me, “Are you doing okay?” And I’ve never lied so hard through a smile — lying when I didn’t even have much to say.

Please don’t ask me that question, because I’ll just have a…


Feeling stuck? There is something in it for you.

Work overload: man’s face covered in sticky notes
Work overload: man’s face covered in sticky notes
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Does your work constantly leave you feeling drained, empty, or frustrated? Do you think about changing jobs every day? Do you hate your job right now and want to quit? If you answered “yes” to all of the above, know that you’re not alone.

Coming out of school, we’re encouraged to believe that we’re ready to take on whatever lies ahead. Commencement speeches often hype us up with an inspirational message about achieving our dreams and changing the world. We’re told over and over that that the future is filled with endless opportunities.

A few years in, many of us…


Lessons learned from editing 420+ articles and managing a blog with millions of views annually

Woman working on laptop at cafe
Woman working on laptop at cafe
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It’s been said that the hardest part about blogging is starting with a blank page, but writing high-quality content is only half the battle. Even if you write an article that would be useful to many people, making it discoverable and accessible in an increasingly digital world can oftentimes be the most challenging part. A blog that stands out in today’s firehose of voices requires more than just sharing interesting ideas.

Having read hundreds of blog posts and helping shepherd them through to publication, I’ve had the opportunity to see what works well and also what doesn’t. I’ve been able…


I almost believed in love at first sight.

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As a freshman in college, I studied every day at the open tables on the third floor of the library for hours on end. I’d see the same faces there day in and day out, and it was so quiet that all you could hear was the sound of people breathing. Once I got into a flow, I’d sometimes feel like a princess locked up in a tower.

But the library, despite its glorious design, was certainly no castle. Nobody looked like royalty. One look and you’d see, I got my sweats, bare face, and over-sized glasses on like nearly…


Here are six reasons beyond just exercise.

Walking during sunset
Walking during sunset
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For the first month of shelter in place, I stayed indoors all day long except to pick up the mail, take out the trash, and buy groceries. As time carried on, however, I started to feel more restless and eventually decided to take daily 30-minute walks by myself after dinner. I found it not only to be very enjoyable but also beneficial in a number of unexpected ways.

Of course, social distancing is extremely important, and it’s critical to make sure you’re staying at least six feet apart from other folks on the street. …

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