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It’s less about the price tag

From acts of service, receiving gifts and physical touch, to quality time and words of affirmation, we all instinctively express love in different ways.

According to Gary Chapman, author of “The 5 Love Languages”, knowing one another’s language in a relationship can work wonders in understanding how we express and receive love.

Unfortunately, one love language of the five gets the worst rep for being the most materialistic.

Yup you guessed it: the language of gift giving.

It raises the notion that:

“The way to someone’s heart shouldn’t be through their wallet.”

As someone who loves to give and receive…

Coffee drinkers can probably relate

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We’ve all experienced the many perks of working from home.

From avoiding the dreaded rat race to spending more time with loved ones and wearing comfortable clothes all day, the benefits are great, especially for introverts.

Yet there’s one huge perk that nobody talks about and quite frankly, is one that makes me want to WFH for eternity: Pooping in peace.

As much as pooping is human nature, there’s something about doing it in a public setting that makes it uncomfortably stressful. …

Insights from a reformed picky dater

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All my life I’ve been called picky.

From the food I eat to the clothes I wear and the people I date, I know I’m picky. I’ll even go as far as saying I’m fussy, and most of that stems from being scared to try new things, but I’m a work in progress. Next up, Korean food.

But when it comes to dating and relationships, I’m a reformed picky person. There’s a fine line between being picky and selective. Most people can’t tell the difference, because they’re used (and misused) interchangeably.

Those who’ve been on the receiving end of being…

Navigating uncharted territories comes with its “workable” challenges

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For the past year and a half, I’ve been working as a content manager for a tech start-up.

The industry isn’t the most exciting, but the diverse tasks of creating, coordinating and delegating keep me afloat.

I thrive in versatility, so the content manager life chose me.

Yet, making the switch from being a content writer to a content manager was no easy feat.

When you’re a writer, you fly solo and only need to worry about yourself.

Gone are the days of focusing only on meeting your own deadlines, suddenly you’re accountable for others as well.

On top of…

With pain, comes lessons in disguise

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I’m 31 and am currently in my third serious relationship.

Some may say I’m a serial monogamist, but when it comes down to it, I’m a late bloomer. My first serious relationship began at 21 and lasted a little over 2 years.

The following double that amount and the current one I’m in is reaching the 2-year mark #milestones. As much as I wasn’t in as many relationships as most, I gained something far more valuable:

Depth over Breadth.

The longevity of each relationship allowed me to self-reflect and learn from the many mistakes I’ve made throughout the past decade…

Timeless advice from a renowned author

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Productivity is a very personal thing.

What may work for others, might not work for you.

Before going down the rabbit hole and taking in all the latest and greatest new methods from productivity gurus, take a step back and ask yourself:

Can I see myself applying this method on a daily basis?

Fluff-free advice from a humble writer who went against the grain

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When it comes to writing, everyone has their own advice to share.

From writing consistently to quality trumps quantity, a lot of it rings true but not enough to warrant any “aha moments”.

Enter: Michael Thompson, top Medium writer and career coach.

His insightful video interview for Story 2021, a two-week Digital Content Masterclass Series organized by Sean Smith, left me inspired and motivated to share his actionable advice.

In a sea of personal growth gurus promising life transformations, Michael goes against the grain by opening up about his…

Wisdom doesn’t always reveal itself through word of mouth.

Losing my grandmother to COVID-19 last May took me by surprise.

One minute she was eating dinner with her Italian clan of the “Golden Girls” at the residence, the next she was fighting to hold on to her last breath.

Regardless of the virus taking her away from my family and I, she was a resilient woman with a captivating presence.

Who always had a way of making you smile just by being herself.

Despite suffering from Parkinson’s, she was still full of life and had wisdom to share.

Most of the time, her wisdom wasn’t shared through word of…

There’s always some good that comes from the bad

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For many, 2020 can be summed up in this meme:

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“Keeping calm and carrying on” isn’t as easy as it seems.

With all the uncertainty we’ve been facing this year, a lot of us are no stranger to anxiety.

As much as anxiety is a common feeling it doesn’t make it any less challenging.

For some, it’s unfamiliar territory that’s triggered by the fear of catching the Coronavirus.

For chronic worriers such as myself, it feels like a mosquito that simply won’t quit.

As much as anxiety can help us take action in life-threatening situations (like being chased down by an axe murderer or running out of a flaming building)…

Andrea A

Content writer by day, pizza lover by night. Sharing all my “aha” moments, one story at a time.

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