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Chasing Life: “Doing” is the Key to Growth

I haven’t shared on this blog in over two weeks, and it has tormented me every single day. It almost feels as if I have been gone for over a month, since the voice in the back of my mind continually reminds me that I am not getting anything done. This isn’t necessarily true, as I have packed, moved, and completed finals over the past 14 days, but knowing this doesn’t make me feel any better. I still don't feel as if I have achieved growth. Continue reading...

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The Dimensions of Wellness: 6 Ways to Improve Your Health

Picture this: you return to your apartment at night, stressed, tired, and overwhelmed from trying to keep up with the pace of everything in your life. How does this image make you feel? Does this seem like a good balance of wellness? To understand that, first we have to figure out what wellness is, what it isn't, and what it could be in our lives. Wellness is a key factor to maintaining your happiness and achieving success. Why? Because your wellbeing determines how you feel and thus, it affects how motivated you are to accomplish your goals.  Continue reading...

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8 Journal Ideas That Will Inspire You to Journal Today

Journaling is incredible for sorting your thoughts, and regaining clarity when you've become a bit lost in the world. The thing is, it can be hard to start a journal and actually keep it going. I find it a bit daunting when I have a book waiting for me with blank pages, begging to be filled. What if I mess it up? Or I jumble everything together that it makes my thoughts more confusing than clear? For this, I've come up with a few journal ideas that will make those pages a bit easier to fill. Continue reading...

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6 Practical Reasons to Start a Journal Today

Everyone should own a journal. Whether it’s a digital document or a physical book, having a place to shed your thoughts is crucial to self-care. From the relief that comes through releasing your thoughts, to the growth that can be achieved from reflection, journals are key to establishing order and achieving clarity in your life. Continue reading...

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Living Out Loud: How to Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet

New Year’s Eve has come and gone. Spirits flew high, resolutions were created, and kisses were shared. By now, a week has passed and you’re still holding on to some of the hope that accompanies the start of the year. It’s not too late to buy a gym membership, is it? Not to worry, it's never too late to make sure you have the best year yet. Continue reading...

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Book Review: The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

The Spectacular Now is one of those strikingly rare stories that always disappoints you in the end. No matter who reads it or how many times it is read, the ending never fails to break your heart. Not because of a weak plot or poor writing, but because the lovably flawed protagonist can’t help but be who they are. You know the type. Continue reading...

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