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Why mindless consumerism ruins the holidays

This is a stressful and ridiculous time of year. I’ve started turning off notifications for things, stopped checking my alternate email (the one where I keep all the newsletters and promo emails), and am avoiding regular television, magazines, and malls like the plague. It’s still a few weeks away from Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Giving Tuesday, and already companies are holding sales and sending coupons and donation reminders. It’s just nuts. If I could ask for anything for Christmas it would be to stop asking me what I want for Christmas. Sure, I take part in holiday gift-giving, which makes me a...

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10 things you can do in your 20s to make the rest of your life a whole lot easier

Do you have fond memories of your 20s, or are you currently in your 20s? It’s a crazy decade. You’re suddenly free, paying your own bills, going to college, traveling, making questionable decisions, and experimenting. My 20s were defined by all-night dance parties, knee-deep-powder days, writing (and the fear of writing), a bunch of different jobs, and being broke all the time. As someone who moved out of the house before I was finished highschool, I think I started my 20s earlier than a lot of people, and I spent a lot of my 20s really trying to figure...

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Are your Millennial needs being met?

Life is a fucking rollercoaster, am I right? Yesterday, you woke up charged, ready to actually bounce out of bed, pour that coffee, run 5km, work, and then…today happened. For whatever reason, today just feels like garbage. Instead of doing what you really want to do, which is crawl back in bed with really soft cotton pyjamas and Eat, Pray, Love, you have to do all the stuff you happily did yesterday, much less happily. What gives? Ever heard of Maslow and his hierarchy of needs? I think it explains a lot. And, I think this theory is particularly interesting to...

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You’re not the only person experiencing a quarter-life crisis

We are not unlike a particular crustacean. The lobster grows by developing and shedding a series of hard, protective shells. Each time it expands from within, the confining shell must be sloughed off. It is left exposed and vulnerable until, in time, a new covering grows to replace the old.” – Gail Sheehy, author of Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life Remember when you were a little lobster and everyone told you that you could do or be anything? The possibilities were endless! And then you hit your mid-20s, and while you sat on a beach as the sun...

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Where it all began…in a hot, steamy pool full of life’s big questions

I’m here chilling out with an iced mocha while a flourish of rainbow-clad pride festival-goers orders coffee and sweets on their way to a day-time street dance. This is my home for a week, a tiny island I’ve retreated to, where it’s easier to find an honour-system produce stand on the side of the road than a phone signal. It’s quiet, it’s peaceful, it’s a good place to press “publish” on Own Up Grown-Up. I’m jacked-up on the divine combination of caffeine and chocolate, and of finally launching this thing that has been brewing in my head for years. But...

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