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My Teachers' Hatred Helped Me Write My First Novel.
So, I wrote a book. I'd like to think that it's a good one (I hope to God it's a good one!). It took me six years, from the age of sixteen until the age of twenty-two.
A few months ago, I received a Facebook notification that one of the writing groups I was a member of was about to be deleted unless I would like to become an admin. It had no admin and only 32 members. That group was Creative Writers.
10 Steps to Finding Your Passion
There was a point in my life where I didn't know what I wanted to do. It was yesterday, kind of. I've realized failure is a form of success, and you need it to improve—no matter how cliché that might sound. I'm learning to embrace my failures. It's hard; it's extremely hard and I'm failing more and more every day, but that's how I'm finding my way. Failures are the only true compass you have in life, and they help you steer your way out of the confusion if you use them correctly. Instead of always asking for directions, sometimes you should stop, observe, and asses your surroundings. Sometimes you'll be mislead either purposefully, by accident, or by pure routine. Sometimes people only take a trail because it's the only one they've ever known.
Which Banana Would You Choose?
There is of course never a single answer that perfectly encapsulates the choice we would each make when hiring people. I have hired some great candidates in my career and made some dud choices too. With each hire, you learn something a little different.
Budgeting A Household
No one likes budgeting. The very word, budget, gives people the feeling of restriction and financial stress. While creating a budget and sticking to it can leave you a bit restricted, it's not really meant to leave you feeling that way. The biggest reason to budget is to make sure you don't end up spending above your means. It's also meant to help you save as much as you can in case of an emergency, so that you don't go into debt trying to pay off medical bills or car and home repair bills.
The Gig Economy
"Get a real job!" My Dad used to yell that at me all the time. For the most part I have been working contract or freelance jobs since 2010. There have been times when I have taken on a full time job, or went back part time to work at what used to be a comfortable, safe place for me. Yet largely my income has been derived from freelance gigs. And I'm not alone in this, nearly 70 percent of the workforce is contract or freelance based now.
Production, Reproduction, and Feminism
Studies in feminist theory at Indiana University make a specific effort to discuss issues relevant to people around the world. The larger critique, which is incredibly appropriate, is that mainstream feminist and gender studies in the United States focuses only on the plight of American women—many of whom live with much more privilege than the majority of the world. To balance this, IU's Department of Gender Studies requires majors and minors to take at least one course with non-Western emphasis.
How Social Media Promotes Thought Leadership & Brand Loyalty
Social media is an essential marketing tool for a business, product, or brand. Have you ever noticed how the most popular brands have a vast following on Facebook and Twitter? Check out your favourite department store, pizza joint, or shoe brand. This is due to brand loyalty. Once a company becomes larger and more well-known, it can also become a thought leader.
Alright, it’s a topic that everyone brings up and that everyone seems to have some trick or talent for doing. But let’s face it, saving money can be hard. Especially if you’re a young adult living on your own for the first time. Below, I’m going to outline the simple steps you can take to save roughly 10 percent of your income every year.
How Not Carrying A Bag To Work Made Me A Happier Person
Like everyone else, I used to carry a bag to work. Day in, day out. But as you’ve already learned from the title, I don’t do that anymore. It all started with a question and a mirror reflection.
Remember the Cabbage
**Editor's Note: The following is a transcript of the commencement speech given by Tricia Stewart Shiu on May 21st at Baker University.
Freelancing, and Why I Risked Everything to Do It
We have all dreamed of becoming our own boss, right? Not taking orders from someone else, creating our own schedule, and not dealing with those pesky customers. Trust me when I say I know plenty of people who want that and let's just say for me, I didn't really have a choice in the matter. My very first job was at a Subway when I was sixteen years old and ever since then, I wouldn't keep a job for longer than two weeks. That was when I was sixteen; I am now twenty years old and I have had more than ten different types of jobs.