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My first attempt to use medication to help my mental health didn’t go very well at all. I’ve always been anxious — As a child, overly careful and reserved. As an adult, I worried about every new danger as I became aware of the myriad things that can go wrong in any situation. Stretches of depression started popping into my calendar, giving me all the ambition and willpower of a fallen leaf.

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By the time I was 26, my mental health had started to crumble. My regular doctor at the time was actually the one who pointed it out to…


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When we’re young, we learn the happy parts of life fast. Small children have a genuine, real love for everything, and adults make a huge effort to preserve that naive happiness. Real life inevitably starts to break through the shimmering glow, no matter how hard adults try to shield little ones from it.

I think that as soon as you learn what death is, and that everyone dies one day, you start to realize that means your parents aren’t likely to outlive you. No one deals with the idea of our parents mortality the same way as anyone else, and…


On November 26, I was summoned for jury duty. This relatively normal event was completely out of the blue for me. I’d managed to avoid doing this civic duty until age 35. For some reason, it really threw me off course. I was in a job that was making me increasingly unhappy, with levels of poor management above me and no hope of career growth. A stagnant dead end, surrounded by frustrating people.

Jury duty meant forced, unpaid time off of work from a job that would allow me no vacation days. I was anxious about losing pay for an…


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The biggest perk of being a full time blogger is the freedom you have. You’re not chained to a 9–5 job. If you go for a walk to kill your 2 pm slump, there’s no manager to flip out at you. Don’t feel like working on a specific project? Shift gears, work on something else. Vacation time is, in theory, whenever you want it.

It doesn’t take long before you start to feel like you’re the meanest boss you’ve ever had, though.

Making content for your own website is a full time job for many bloggers. It’s easy to fall…


Hiring an editor isn’t the first thing that comes to mind for business owners when they’re creating engaging content for their website. A web designer, sure… A content writer, maybe… However, an editor might be exactly what you’re in need of to get your content onto the screens of your clients! Learn about the common services an editor can offer, and what your needs are. Once you have a vision of how an editor can help, it’ll be easy to get your project in motion.

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Proofreading

The proofreading level of editing is the clean-up phase — Checking for spelling and grammatical…


Whether it’s a new decade, new year, or just your average Tuesday, it’s time to get your life together. I always feel like I have so many things to accomplish, and I never seem to complete very much.

The best way to get through that ambitious list is to make some goals & plan out how you’re going to achieve them. Your goals need to be realistic, or else they risk becoming disappointments.

This is how I’m approaching it this time. First, I want to get an idea of what areas of my life are in need of work. Then…


Most industrial business owners are experts in their field, but are not as knowledgeable when it comes to the inner workings of the internet. You’ve likely heard people talking about SEO, you know it’s important for your website, and it’s supposed to be a good thing… But what is it?
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It’s how Google finds your website, decides if it’s helpful for people searching for certain keywords, and determines where you show up in the search results for those terms. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as just using your industry lingo & product names everywhere you…


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After working really hard & trying to get paid, I managed to scrape up enough for a down payment on a condo. There was one that was perfect for me, and in my price range! Honestly, there was ONE in my city of 1.26 million people that hit all but 2 of my “wants/needs”. I made an offer, my offer was accepted, everything went well except the big part where the bank does their thing for the mortgage.

In a world where we younger people are living more & more of our lives online, and less & less of our…


An ex-boyfriend’s father once said to me “What the fuck happened to you when you were a kid, to make you never want children?” I know he was talking from a place of deep selfishness, a desire for me to provide him with grandkids, to carry on his mediocre family name. His concern wasn’t for me, if you could even refer to a comment like that as concern.
Red flags aside, it made me curious. What DID happen to shape me into a childfree woman?

Growing up, we are all influenced by the people we encounter. Sometimes, it’s big &…


We’re all looking to find the secret of writing success. What’s THE THING? It’s there, it’s hanging over me, it’s presence is tangible. I can almost see it but if I try to look directly at it, it’s gone. Like a Magic Eye poster, some people seem to get it immediately & others keep trying to adjust their focus forever, never seeing anything.

I’ve been searching for THE THING that would help me write, and the 5 things below were not it.

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A Fountain Pen

Fountain pens are beautiful. They seem to write with intention, they only create important words…

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