In short, be the version of you that you like best.

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I’ve never wanted to be anybody but myself, so it always frustrated me when I heard the advice, “Be yourself.”

Like, what do you mean? I AM myself! 24/7/365 (and 366 on the leap years).

I’m myself when I’m laughing at an inside joke with my friends. I’m myself when I procrastinate 20 pages of my thesis until the night before it’s due. I’m myself when I smile at customers even though I’m dead on the inside. I’m myself when I haul my untrained ass 13.1 miles to the finish line.

Accompanied by a series of cats who express how I feel better than 140 or 280 or whatever number of characters ever could.

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This is an accurate feline representation of my face when I have to attend to my own social media accounts because I can’t afford to pay someone else to do this horrendous job.

I don’t mean any offense to people who actually love social media and who excel in it as a part of their career. In fact, if you are one of those people, can you please share some of your insight and wisdom with me on how to enjoy social media?

Sometimes, when I see a quality meme that has found its way to my Instagram feed, I…

Lower click-rate = higher productivity rate.

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The shortcuts listed below are just some of the ones that I use in my personal, everyday life. If there are any that you know that you think would be useful, please feel free to comment them below, and I would gladly add them to this article!

NOTE: These keyboard shortcuts are designed for PC users, however, MAC users should be able to swap out the “Control (CTRL)” for “Command (CMD)” and “Alternate (ALT)” for “Option (OPT).”


Note: These shortcuts can mostly be used anywhere that you might have to type (MS Word, Google Docs, Medium, etc.).

Cursor Placement

Note: This is…

And, I must say, it was a life-changing experience.

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No, really. I did.

In September of 2016, I ran my first half marathon, ate shit, and got a medal. But, let me back up a bit.

May 2016

I was cramming for finals…except I wasn’t because I was procrastinating and doing online shopping — as one does when one has to learn a whole semester’s worth of materials in one night.

By the time I was in my second year of undergrad, retail therapy was basically a spiritual ritual I needed to perform before every exam. However, this time, instead of spending $60 on mediocre clothes, I figured, why not “invest”…

I didn’t have to go so hard on a cover letter, but I did.

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Here are some tips to becoming a better writer.

But, first, a disclaimer.

These are tips on how to become a “better” writer, not a “good” writer, because hell if I know how to do that.

1: Like it — writing that is.

2. Write something that is worth re-reading.

3. Write what you think you know.

4. Do your research.

5. Write what you actually know.

6. Know the structure.

7. Break the structure.

8. Edit and re-write.

9. Write even when you don’t feel like it

That’s all. For those of you who have heard all of these…

It’s not just for solo travelers.

Listen to this article (slightly modified for better listening experience):

Audio Narration for “Spidey Travel Tip #8: Learn to Eat with Yourself”
Spidey with cappuccino
Spidey with cappuccino
@spideyxtravels / Instagram

Notice I didn’t say “by yourself.”

I think this is what trips people up the most when they think of solo dining. We often think that if we go out to a restaurant by ourselves or if we go to the movies by ourselves, it means we are alone and have no friends which then could lead to varying degrees of social anxiety. I don’t think of it that way.

In fact…

Natsumi Sen

All good things come to those who procrastinate.

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