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Manage Expectations: Resilience and reality

Positive thinking, optimism, perseverance, picking yourself up by the bootstraps…that’s all you have to do, right? Even in this economy, all you’ve got to do is work hard, keep your nose clean and think of all of the wonderful things that will befall you if you follow that one true path. What a load of crock.

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How to Make a Sandwich

A sandwich typically consists of a protein, vegetables and dressing plopped between two pieces of bread. The combinations are endless and are only limited to your imagination and what you have in your kitchen. 1. Choose your bread. You can go trad…

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How to be Jessica Fletcher

Today I started a new blog – How to be JB. I’ve been going through the entire 12 seasons of Murder She Wrote on Netflix because I remember enjoying the show as a child but don’t quite recall all the plot points. Boy am I glad I did! There is so mu…

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How not to f**k up in the kitchen…at least most of the time

I’m not the greatest cook. But my food does taste good and the number of times I burn, under-season, or explode things in the kitchen has dropped off significantly. Not least because of a dwindling discretionary fund. But I had to go through a bunch of thoroughly unhelpful cookbooks and cooking shows to get to […]

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All the things I want to do but don’t have time for…

Learn… All the jazz scales by ear To modulate between head and chest voice To act in a theater production Watercolor painting Oil painting Pencil drawing Modern dance Salsa Bachata Samba Belly dance Jazz Tap Graphic design Java Jquery PHP Ruby o…

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There’s a fork in the road between fight and flight…

A couple of weeks ago I felt like I was sinking into an endless ocean of shrimp. Ok, that’s weirdly hyperbolic but I did feel helpless and gross. Why? Because I thought that I’d have to leave DC. You see, I gave myself until the end of May to find…

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99%: Remember to layer!

A couple of days ago the 99% posted an article on “layering” versus multi-tasking and how that affects productivity.

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So you want to start a blog series?

So you want to start a blog series?

A trick of the trade in the blogging world is coming up with a good series that readers will wait in anticipation for you to post then share wildly with their friends. But how do you know if your series idea is gonna be good for the long haul? First of all, not all series […]

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Does your story have any teeth?

Does your story have any teeth?

This is the infernal question many a journalist must ask whenever they get a tip or overhear a conversation in the bathroom stalls of The Caucus Room.

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The Career Buddy System

It’s tough going it alone, especially in a field that you have natural talents but only some experience. Recently, I’ve been focusing on becoming a better copywriter and features/magazine writer. I set weekly goals for myself but more often than not, those goals fall by the way side. Working full-time is a serious drain on […]

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