7 Emotional Self Care Activities for When Life Gets Hard

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So often, when people talk about wanting to take better care of themselves, they are referring to their physical appearance.  Namely diet and exercise.  What typically gets forgotten, however, is the importance of one’s emotional well being.  Emotional self care is just as important as the other types of self care. In fact, they typically … Read more

7 Short Stories About Showing Courage and Bravery

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It’s easy to simply tell people that they should overcome their fears, but without giving some kind of motivation or reasoning, it’s not very effective. People tend to learn lessons through some kind of anecdotal evidence, which can be offered through storytelling. Stories can be a great way to teach lessons, and over time, they … Read more

35 Self-Reflection Questions to Understand Yourself Better

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One personal trait that I pride myself on is being mindful of having self-awareness. Now, why am I not claiming to actually have self-awareness? Research shows that even though 95% of people think they have self-awareness, only 10-15% of the population is actually self-aware. And the truth is, we don’t know what we don’t know, … Read more

11 Computer-Based Hobbies to Broaden Your Tech Skills

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If you’ve been in a rut lately and you’re looking for something new to do, there are many reasons you should consider taking up a new hobby. It can be challenging to find new activities that you’re passionate about, but we’ve got 11 ideas for computer-based hobbies that are both fun and potentially beneficial for … Read more

7 Benefits of a Virtual Learning Environment

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The concept of distance learning is far from new. In fact, in 1892, the University of Chicago offered “correspondence education” at off-campus sites. Since then, with the evolution of technology, distance learning has transformed as well. Education has since been acquired through radio, television, and, of course, online. Virtual learning has certainly grown in popularity … Read more

7 Strategies to Positively Deal with Constructive Criticism

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Nobody enjoys being criticized.  Even when it’s meant to be what people call, “constructive criticism”, being told you need to improve upon something can sting… especially when you didn’t see it coming.  Whether it’s school-related, in the workplace or your personal life… preparing yourself for how to handle criticism well is crucial when it comes … Read more

5 Ways to Build the Independent Thinking Skill

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There are two types of thinkers: contrarian and independent.  If you can define them with confidence, feel free to skip ahead to Section I of this article.  But if you’re like I was (as in, not completely sure), you may want to stick with me for a few moments longer.  A contrarian thinker is someone … Read more

Control What You Can Control: 5 Strategies to Build This Mindset

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was an active member of an online group with 72 other expecting moms, which was appropriately titled January 2015— the month our babies were due.  Many members used the space during the time they were pregnant to create their “birth plan” and bounce ideas off of each … Read more

15 Passion Project Ideas to Inspire Yourself [2024 Update]

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Officially, the dictionary definition of a “passion project” is an activity or enterprise that you decide to take on – usually in your spare time – in order to benefit or validate yourself in some way. But, I like to think of it as a collection of steps we take towards filling a void in … Read more

7 Practical Steps to Build a Lifelong Reading Habit

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I spend a lot of time each week encouraging my six-year-old to read. And while she doesn’t dislike reading, if given the choice, she’s going to choose to go outside or play with slime 100% of the time. I get it…the books she’s tasked with reading are repetitive and increasingly challenging for her. But, knowing … Read more