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Autistic people are known for bluntness — but is that a bad thing?

It’s strange how the tiniest moments of life get stuck in your head and play on loop. Recently, my memory earworm is about a beverage.

My boyfriend and I had been together for well over a year when it happened, and we went to my parents’ house to hang out with my family. We sat down on the couch like we always did, and a few minutes later, my sister asked, “Aren’t you going to offer him a drink?”

I was flabbergasted. Was I supposed to get him a beverage? Why did I have to get him a drink, but…


Unpopular opinions about writing to reignite your writing passion and set you free

A woman sitting at a desk laughs while looking at her laptop.
A woman sitting at a desk laughs while looking at her laptop.

I’m not going to lie: I’m writing about this because I’m sick of reading about it. Every other writing article, it seems, is arguing in favor of one or the other: quality or quantity.

Honestly?

I wonder if we’re asking the right questions. I wonder if we’re having valuable discussions. I wonder if these discussions are created to help other writers or to cover our own asses and put some duct tape on our fractured egos (myself included).

This argument is inherently flawed, and I’m hoping by dispelling the myth, I can set at least one writer free so they…


The science and strategies behind reviving the creativity you thought you lost (but didn’t)

A boy sticking his tongue out with toys on his face
A boy sticking his tongue out with toys on his face

Sometimes, your lack of creativity feels overwhelming, like a heavy blanket of snow on the human spirit. And because you don’t feel creative… you don’t act. You feel unworthy of creation.

So you become hesitant.

  • Your fingers hover over the laptop keyboard, story unwritten.
  • Your paintbrush hovers over a blank canvas, art unborn.
  • Your sheet music hovers over your instrument, song unplayed.

I’ve been where you are, and I’m here to tell you there’s hope.

It’s easy to miss the insanely creative child you once were. That kid had so many ideas — so many dreams. …


Expert tips on having the bravery to create and share your work with the world

A woman with long dark hair in a white tank top casually looks through a gap in a house of colored panels
A woman with long dark hair in a white tank top casually looks through a gap in a house of colored panels

“Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.”
— Seth Godin

If you’re reading this, you know what it feels like to have your finger hovering over every “button” in your life, unsure whether or not to take the leap:

  • Post.
  • Send.
  • Publish.

These words become a signal of fear, of uncertainty, and of consequences you aren’t ready to face.

So… you scroll back. Select all; delete.

You’re not ready — you don’t have the confidence.

What will people say? What will they think? What if I bare my heart and soul…


How Nike is making waves and promoting social change with the Flyease Go

Close-up photo of the Nike Flyease Go
Close-up photo of the Nike Flyease Go

On February 1, 2021, Nike introduced their new Flyease Go sneakers. Nike’s new shoes are brilliant — not because of the design, though that’s pretty incredible, too.


A step-by-step, example-packed guide from a Poshmark top seller with 48,000 followers

Disclaimer: This isn’t an ad or a sponsored post from Poshmark, and I don’t promote my own closet in the article. I am sharing my genuine thoughts and tips for beginners on the platform.

Are you a fashion lover looking for a side hustle?

I recommend Poshmark.

Selling clothing online is a fun and rewarding side hustle that just about anyone can do, and do well. While I’ve used Mercari and eBay as well, I’ve found the most success (and had the most fun!) on Poshmark.

I’m a top seller who has made thousands of dollars on the platform, I…


There is enough room for all of us to succeed, no matter why we write.

Parts of this piece were inspired by Itxy Lopez’s great piece, “One Writer’s Win Is Not Your Loss.” If you enjoy this article, give hers a read as well!

“So, how is your writing going?” she asked.

I grinned, mentally rubbing my hands together in glee. Finally, I get to ramble about writing!

“Well, I haven’t made much money yet, but I’m really excited about — ”

Her words bit through my own. “Well you’re not really supposed to write for money anyway, right? …


I couldn’t handle today, so I escaped to read.

I read 2 books today. Last year, I read 9 total.

They were both short and both amazing — “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown and “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie.

Why am I sharing this? Because yesterday and today, everything has been garbage in America, and I don’t have the mental energy to process it all yet, and I know I can’t be the only one.

For a few days, Twitter and Facebook are going to be endless doomscrolls that make me want to vomit and/or…


Your mental health is more important than an extra “like.”

The other day, I was going on a regular social media “doom-scroll sesh” when a post stopped me in my tracks. I don’t want to go into too much detail because… oof, but it was very anti-women.

Yeah, surprisingly, not my cup of tea. And then I saw who posted it — someone who I actually had been friends with at one point.

My immediate reaction was to click her profile, unfriend her, and get back to my day. I didn’t hesitate, and poof — “friend” gone.

Why? According to DigitalMarketing.org, …


Science says it may work for you, too.

I’ve struggled with depression my entire life. At times, it’s really hard. Luckily, I’ve been blessed with some wonderful education and therapy that’s helped me better manage my symptoms by myself. Through over a decade of therapy, I’ve learned quite a few coping techniques; however, only a few have made a major impact on my mental health.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, gratitude has been, without a doubt, the most positive technique I’ve learned in my mental health journey. However, I feel it’s not used as often as it should be because:

  1. Gratitude seems so common that it’s lost its meaning
  2. Gratitude seems…

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