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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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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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Why Pivoting Your Life’s Goals Is So Important

Why Pivoting Your Life’s Goals Is So Important As a second year student in college, I have lived my life according to my penciled-in-plan in my planner. Ever since the beginning of high school, I have mapped out my weeks, months, even years, to when something should happen and the steps I will take to get there.  “How do you stay so on top of everything?” is a question I get asked asked often. To the outsider, it may seem that I have “everything figured out”. Well, as I sit here, writing this article, let me tell you, I don’t. Since starting college, I have been introduced to a completely new environment that encompasses so many people, ideas and opportunities that it has transformed my preconceived notion of my future.  By talking to other individuals and putting my...

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How to Jumpstart Your 2021 To Make it Your Year

It's 2021!!!! If “celebrate good times c’mon” by Kool & the Gang is not ringing in your ears as much as it is in mine this year then we have an issue. We made it! We beat 2020, one of the most unpredictable and emotionally challenging years we have had! We have endless opportunity ahead of us. We should celebrate!    While this time of happiness and forging a new path for ourselves may be in full swing, we must not forget the circumstances that came our way that not only challenged us, but strengthened us this past year. Never again will we be utterly surprised by a global moment that stops the world. We are now supplied with skills and more knowledge about how to not only "get through" but to thrive during trying times. 2020 was the year we learned to take a step b...

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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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The Top 5 Ways to Destress Right Now

The Top 5 Ways to Destress Right Now Life is stressful! Right now with the pandemic, the election, exams, work, or whatever else it may be, their is a lot going on. Sometimes everything can become so overwhelming that we can become absent minded and forgetful which can cause even more stress. The other day, for example, I was walking around trying to find my keys while they were in my hand. For your sake, and for the sake of those you live with, check out the top 5 ways to destress if you find yourself like I did.  1) Take a walk! Taking a break from the screen and getting outside for some fresh air can be a real game changer. Whether it is the warm sun on your back or the sound of the leaves blowing in the wind, walking can quickly put...

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Empowerment Series: Grace Burford

Empowerment Series: Grace Burford   Grace Burford is one of the most motivated individuals I know. Not only did she graduate from one of the top film schools in the nation, Loyola Marymount University, in three years AND at the top of her class, but she was able to take part in so many incredible internships, participate in greek life and create meaningful friendships along the way. Grace is extremely driven and goal oriented. These are just a few of the many attributes I have admired about her for all my life.   When I asked her how she was able to accomplish so much in just three years of college, she said that she was able to surround herself with hardworking individuals who add to her life, rather than subtract from it. Additionally, having peop...

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It’s All About Attitude

Attitude is Everything   Let’s talk about attitude. Attitude is our thoughts about significant symbols, groups and how we act in society. When you really get into the nitty gritty of it, attitudes can act as a shield to protect oneself in four different ways. According to Saul Mcleod, a published researcher who currently works at the University of Manchester, attitude can provide one with future knowledge about a situation giving them a greater sense of control, help one express themselves more easily to others, be more adaptive and help protect self esteem. When focusing on using attitude to protect our self esteem, sometimes we identify something we are not good at with a negative experience. For example, if you lost a tennis match, you may blame the sport itself...

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Empowerment Series: Jerrad Burford

Empowerment Series: Jerrad Burford   Jerrad Burford is the definition of perseverance. Growing up in Modesto, my dad developed his incredible work ethic by working on his family’s farm. His childhood was filled with picking up leftover almonds that the almond machine would not collect, delivering wood to neighbors, taking care of the ranch’s animals, helping open valves at 3am for the irrigation water to successfully pass through, and many other farm related tasks. When my dad got older, he started to work at the Hershey’s plant near his home. Here, my dad became highly determined to get a college education so he would not have to be reliant on factory work his whole life. With his goals in mind, my dad moved to Santa Barbara after graduating college and became...

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Empowerment Series: Andy Christensen

Andy Christensen Andy Christensen is my incredibly hard working boyfriend. Whether he’s completing his school work to maintain his straight A streak, researching the best stocks to invest in, trying to surpass his last fitness pr, working full time at his new job in Del Mar, calling me to check in throughout the day, starting a new art project, or did I mention learning a new song on guitar? I don’t think there's anything that Andy can’t do.  I have been so fortunate to have such an amazing partner in my life for a little over a year now. I have watched him push himself time and time again in each facet in his life. When I asked where he finds his motivation from, he responded with his want to live life to its fullest potential. That is why he sets short term and long term g...

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