Lifestyle

Love in the City: A Story about China

  Dusk began, and the city illuminated exposing a different aspect of beauty to behold. This city was new and exciting to me; sensory overload would be an understatement. Several hours before, I landed in a foreign country where I, with my blonde hair and tall height,...

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Bug Protein is Here to Save the World

  There are a growing number of companies touting products like chips, protein bars, and cookies — all made from bugs. Cultures around the world have been eating different bugs for thousands of years. The people of Thailand enjoy grasshoppers, woodworms and crickets....

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The Anguish of a Sugar-Free Life

  I write this article while I sip on my bitter coffee; a continuation of slightly missing the mark when it comes to my latte cravings. There’s more than enough cashew milk to give it that creamy texture; so what’s the true culprit of my coffee disdain? The sugar-free...

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Pre, Pro, and Postbiotics: What’s the difference?

  Gut health was huge in 2018 and seems like it won’t be slowing down as we roll into 2019. As a result, probiotic and prebiotic-rich foods are popping up everywhere. Lately, you may have even heard of something called “Postbiotics”. When it comes down to it, all of...

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The SMILES study: How Food Improves our Mood

In 2017 the first RCT (randomized controlled trial) was conducted on the effects of a healthy diet on people diagnosed with depression. This study is a first of its kind and shows that food can act as a powerful antidepressant (R). Personally, changing my diet has...

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Minimalism: Applying it to all aspects of your life

Minimalism may be a term you've heard thrown around a lot lately. The idea of living more freely by living with less. Minimalism is the idea of getting rid of what isn't necessary for our lives. You free up space to feel less overwhelmed and focus on making memories...

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Bioindividuality: A custom lifestyle for you

If you go on the internet nowadays to search for anything “health” or “nutrition” related, you’re going to find an overwhelming amount of “experts” touting their “scientifically-proven” diet. If you’re in a desperate search to regain your health or eating mindset—...

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What Even is Minimalism?

So this may be a term you’ve heard thrown around a lot lately. Minimalism. The idea of living more freely by living with less. It is simply the idea of getting rid of what isn’t necessary in our life in order to not feel overwhelmed and focus on making memories...

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Mindset

I’ll Take My Meditation Distracted, Please

Sitting silently in a quiet room filled with disciplined people able to vanquish any form of a thought other than nothingness. Sounds like fun, right? Actually, no; it doesn’t. Meditation is built up to be this life-altering practice that everyone needs to do. Look at...

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How To Write To Millennials So They’ll Read

  For many startups, millennials are the coveted target audience. They hold so much buying power at the tip of their fingers. Every company wants their attention. They can market all they want, but if millennials don’t read — your attempts are futile. I’ve had...

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Why I Sleep With My Phone on Airplane Mode Every Night

 Photo by Jordan on Unsplash   On a good night, you’ll find me in bed around 10 pm, reading a James Patterson novel amidst the red light emitted from my color-changing light bulbs. Around that time, I religiously reach for my phone, swipe up on the screen, and turn it...

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Minimize More Than Just Your Closet

Photo by elizabeth lies on Unsplash     Minimalism may be a term you’ve heard thrown around a lot lately; especially with Marie Kondo’s Netflix series coming out. The idea of living more freely by living with less. Minimalism is the idea of getting rid of what isn’t...

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Choose to be Your Number One Fan

  Photo by Drop the Label Movement on Unsplash   When I quit my technical recruiting job (well, purposely got myself fired), I journeyed into a world of unknown. I made the decision to create a life for myself where I am the boss; I just wasn’t sure exactly how...

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How Writing Can Help With Depression

  Photo by Kaitlyn Baker on Unsplash   “Depression is like a bruise that never goes away. A bruise in your mind. You just got to be careful not to touch it where it hurts. It’s always there, though.” — Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot Last summer, when I had...

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Nannying: How Kids Changed My View of the World

  After months of monotonous work as a recruiter, sitting at a desk for 11 hours a day, I came to the conclusion it was time for me to find a new career. I decided to pursue a path in health and wellness writing, which meant I needed to take a few online courses. In...

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Baby Steps are the Key to Success

  Whenever I was looking to make a change or start a new project, I became overwhelmed when I thought about all that needed to be done to get to the end. For months I was considering starting a podcast. With a podcast comes: picking a name, creating a logo, buying...

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Travel

My favorite memories of Paris

Soon, it’ll be three months since I decided to move to The City of Light. I’ve had some whirlwind of experiences and feel like I got a real, authentic taste of the Parisian culture. What were my favorite parts? Let’s get started.. The Food I would be kidding myself if...

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What Restaurants to Eat at in Tunisia

I finally made my first trip to a new continent.. AFRICA! Not only that but it was my first experience in an Arabic country. With all of the terrorist attacks that happened last year, Tunis has definitely been off that map. Plus, it’s pretty inaccessible for American...

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Leaving Part of my Heart in Puerto Vallarta

There are many cities that I feel like I left a little piece of my heart in, but Puerto Vallarta was something special. I have been to Mexico before, on a cliche cruise-around-the-Caribbean. Yet, Puerto Vallarta was so much more magical; so much more authentic. When I...

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Asia, Korea A Day in Andong: Hanging out with Ajummas

Yesterday was chilly and super windy but I decided to the day in Andong, which houses the most traditional village in South Korea and some of the best damn fish you will ever try. Not only that but I was accompanied by three hilarious and youthful ajummas that made...

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Dating

F*ckgirls Exist, And You Might Be One

 Photo by Bruno Gomiero on Unsplash   If you head over to Urban Dictionary and look up the term “fuckboy,” you’ll find definitions like: “The guy who will tell you “you’re not like the other girls” like that’s a compliment because he doesn’t have any respect for...

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The Aftermath of Dating a Friend

    I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s human nature to consider dating your friends. You enjoy their company. You admire their personality; their quirks and charms. All it takes is finding them a bit attractive to wonder if you guys could be something more. Not to...

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I Didn’t Upset You; Your Expectations Did.

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash    “If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed.” — Sylvia Plath There are few things in life that you can control; other people’s reactions, the way they treat you, and how an event will turn out are not amongst them....

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Will Swipe Right for Validation

Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash     Validation. Some people seek it online like it’s their purpose for living. Continually noting your latest Instagram photo’s likes and comparing that number to your friend’s, sharing a vacation photo on Facebook to see how your...

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Four Practical Reasons a Potential Relationship Fails

    I’m not afraid to admit that I am a frequenter of dating apps (Bumble is my service of choice). Dating is fun for me; I like to get to know new people and, on the off chance they want to do something other than getting drinks, have a unique experience. But my...

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It Wasn’t Love, It Was Manipulation.

    Heavy breathing, tears streaming down my face, I stayed in my apartment’s parking structure for hours. Though I was in my car, I hadn’t just gotten home nor was I about to go anywhere. I was paralyzed and seeking shelter from emotional abuse. The kind of argument...

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