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Design an At-Home Office Workspace

Having a workspace makes all the difference if you're looking to get some work done while at home. Whether you're writing a novel, working remotely, or just trying to get your bills up-to-date and paid, the environment in which you're getting all this done can affect your productivity greatly.   I work from home full-time as a freelance writer and digital strategist, so if I did not have a concrete workspace, one that was a separate entity from the bedroom in which I sleep, read, and get...

How to Protect Your Skin in Summer

Summer is finally here and I've never been more excited to literally do nothing. It's glorious. But though I've been a total pool bum (beach bum status coming soon), as of late, living it up on my swan float with barely a care in the world, summer skincare has been something that's really heavy on my mind.   Taking excellent care of your skin gets super tricky around this time. Summer is a horse of a different color when it comes to skincare, so adjusting your routine...

5 Unexpected Benefits of Hiking

For a girl who's not so big on cardio, one of my all-time favorite ways to exercise is full of cardiovascular benefits. I'm, of course, talking about hiking, a pastime of mine that has not only helped me live a healthier lifestyle, but that has also lead to invaluable friendships, an education on my local environment, and a deeper appreciation for both nature and life.   Hiking is a great work-out for so many reasons; it gets you outside, it gets you exploring, and it can be...

The Best Way to Pack a Suitcase

Let me start with a disclaimer: I don't believe in suitcases; I only pack carry-ons thanks to Delta-Gate 2013, an infamous airport run-in I had in Sarasota, Florida while on spring break my senior year. Unless I'm going on a super long, far-away trip, which hasn't happened since I vacationed in Europe back in 2000, I prefer the safety and reinsurance of keeping my luggage with me at all times.   It's just better that way.   So what this post actually is about is how to pack the perfect carry-on...

Tips for Being Productive While Working From Home

Working from home is a wonderful opportunity to explore what makes you tick. You find out how you work best in which kind of environment. I've been freelancing, working from home for seven months now and I've learned so much about my work ethic, skill set, and the environment that I personally thrive in.   When I was working 9-5 in an office setting, I really struggled. Not at first, but as the years went on, I had more and more difficulty with small things. My anxiety...

Turn Your Bedroom into a Calm, Inviting Space

The key to a peaceful night's sleep is turning your bedroom into a sleep-only environment, a haven of calmness and serenity, an environment conducive to catching some meaningful shut-eye. But how exactly do you do that? There's tons of literature splattered all over the Internet, claiming how to sleep better, but is it really worth the hype?   Your bedroom is your safe space, a place where you can wind down and relax. It shouldn't be a space that your mind associates with work, stress, or other...

The Key to Stress-Free Travel

If you struggle with stress or anxiety, then putting yourself in a situation with a lot of unknowns and variables — like traveling — can potentially be a tricky situation. I know firsthand because I've dealt with anxiety for a long time; though it's seared its hand upon my life, I try my best to not let it impede me from doing things I really want to do, like going to new places.   Traveling should be a fun, exciting experience — a time when happy memories are made, new cities...