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What I Have Learned Working In A Small Business Run By Women

What I Have Learned Working In A Small Business Run By Women... For the past six months, I have been working at a boutique that is run by two incredible women. Each day I come to work, my perception is broadened as to how important community is when building a business. Seeing the connection and love others have for the store is amazing! I have also learned that every opportunity can be presented by taking a different path. There is definitely not one way to do something. For instance, I know this may sound silly, but my whole life I have been ingrained that I needed to go to college in order to start my career. However, that is not the case for many professions. There are successful paths that do not need another degree while there are other professions that need additional ...

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Why I Have Always Loved Valentine’s Day (Even When I’m Single)

Why I Have Always Loved Valentine's Day (Even When I'm Single) Ah, Valentine’s Day. I have always adored this holiday. For some, it’s one of the most dreaded days of the year, but I have never understood why even when I am single. I believe this holiday rests on the cusp of the best season of the year. The days are getting a little longer, it may even start to be getting a little warmer and it usually falls on a three day weekend. On top of all of this, it’s a day that emphasizes the importance of love and appreciation, which comes in so many different forms, not just between two significant others.     I credit my love for this holiday to my mom. She made us feel incredibly special every year. We would wake up to little gift baskets filled with our favorite candy...

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How To Stop Basing Your Values In Other’s Opinions

How To Stop Basing Your Values In Other’s Opinions Peer and societal pressures are real... Now, I’m not referencing experiences such as your grandma trying to pawn off some of her chocolate chip cookies to you, I’m referencing ways you alter your personality, mediums of expression and overall beliefs of the world around you to please those in your inner circle. We are all unique individuals. Why should we be forced to morph with the pack to feel more stable when we are all destined to push the boundaries and take risks? I can’t say I have always strayed away from following others. In high school, I found I was constantly altering the words that came out of my mouth or the way I dressed because I was afraid that others would think.This then transformed to me loosing sight of who ...

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How To Make A Long Distance Relationship Work For You

How to Make A Long Distance Relationship Work For You Okay... I get it. The phrase “long-distance” is one that holds many negative stereotypes when it comes to relationships. It's scary, I know. Time away from your significant other can be really challenging. However, it’s not all infrequent phone calls and tissue boxes. When you are forced to spend time away from your partner, you are granted a period to really reflect upon the value that your relationship adds to your life. While you are away from one another, you have ample time to talk and continue to learn more about one another than you would have when relaxing and watching Netflix. You are even granted more time to fully involve yourself in your interests and passions. Even though this all may sound great, it only is if yo...

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How My Passion Has Shaped Me Into Who I Am

Let's Talk About Singing... Welcome to 2021 everyone!!! Ah we made it! To start the new year, I wanted to talk about something that makes me shine. Singing has been a big part of my life ever since I was little. It has allowed me to convey my creativity to the world. I discovered this passion of mine in the middle of my fourth grade musical, a child-friendly rendition of Mamma Mia while I was belting my little lungs out, riding on a wave of pure bliss. Prior to this experience, I was more on the quiet spectrum, getting embarrassed if my sister heard me singing “Eye of the Tiger” in the shower. I always felt truly alive while singing from the first audience of thirty or so parents forced into coming to a play to my largest crowd of two thousand music fans eagerly watching me per...

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Why I Am So Grateful To Have A Job

"My love for working didn’t quite start until I began hosting and serving at a five star resort in my hometown" How it all Started... It all started when I was working at a tee-shirt shop the summer before my junior year of high school. I was so excited to get to work every morning and open the store to start folding! What fun right? For me, it was incredible. Being responsible for a BUILDING that I could call MY own was the most responsibility I had ever been given. I took pride in my salesmanship, relationship with customers and responsibility to make the store as welcoming as possible. My love for working didn’t quite start until I began hosting and serving at a five star resort in my hometown. I was the youngest employee hired in one of th...

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6 Holiday Cookies You Need to Bake ASAP

6 Holiday Cookies You Need to Bake ASAP I have always loved the holidays, especially when it comes time to go over to my grandma’s house and bake Christmas cookies. No one messes with her Christmas cookies. She used to bake hundreds for my grandpa’s car dealership. Even though they are retired now, we all still enjoy baking them together. Continue reading for the 6 best holiday cookies you need to bake ASAP: 1) Pinwheel Cookies These are the cutest cookies ever! A delicious swirl never hurt anybody! When making this recipe, there is a point where you freeze your dough in a log form. I typically tend to avoid cookies that require this step. However, this is one of the best components of this cookie. This allows for an easy way to save the dough and for the...

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Going the Distance: Why I Am Thankful For My Long Distance Relationship

How I found myself going the distance...   The summer before I started my freshman year of college I was working full time at one of the most luxurious resorts located on the sands of Montecito, California. All I could think about was saving money for college and my excitement for the fall quarter to begin. That all changed when the pool boy I would see each day pushing towel carts would become my boyfriend. It is now my second year at UCLA and yes, I am still dating that pool boy. Through the past year and a half, a lot has changed in my life. However, even though we have not been in the same town since that summer, I am so grateful that we decided to go the distance.  Moving away from home was scary! A newer and bigger city full of opportunities was as ex...

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5 Reasons Why Writing To My Pen Pal Has Helped Me During The Pandemic

I did not ever expect a pandemic to happen in my lifetime and it has been more challenging to stay connected to others than I thought...  Staying connected nowadays can be a little more challenging than it used to be. Even though there are so many social media platforms, video calling systems and technology readily available, a lot of these platforms miss an essential part of communication with others- the personal connection. Throughout the pandemic, I have found that pen paling has been a really great outlet to receive this personal connection from others in a safe socially distant way. Continue below for 5 more reasons why pen palling has helped me throughout the pandemic. 1. Receiving a Letter is so Much More Exciting Than Getting a Call or Text When everything seemingl...

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An Open Letter to My Family: Thank You For Supporting Me At Home

I did not expect to move home so suddenly after leaving for my dream school...    Last September, as I drove down to Los Angeles with my parents, hauling almost everything I owned with me, I never would have thought that seven months later I would be doing the same trip back home. This time however, instead of wearing my new UCLA hoodie I would be wearing a face mask, gloves, and having to change my clothes before I entered my front door. Moving back home was never a part of the larger “plan” that I had imagined for myself when I started college. That being said, over the past seven months I am so grateful that I have been able to come home and receive much needed support during this time. I’ve learned that sometimes things don’t work out the way you had intende...

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