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Are we sure I’m this old?! I’m 31. That’s a beautiful and terrifying thought all at once. Beautiful because so many people did not have the privilege to make it to this age. Terrifying because I still feel like I’m 20, just with way less time left on the planet. OMG, I’m…an adult. I’m the responsible person in the room. I’m the one expected to have answers. Who the hell signed off on this?! With that freak-out out of the way, I’ll dive into my…Continue Reading “31 Life Lessons It Took Me 31 Years To Learn”

Webpage of Code - You Need Life Skills

Or “Why you haven’t seen content from me for the last few days”. My Letter of Love Dear Friends, I was trying to be helpful, I promise! I was trying to see how I could improve your user experience on the site by pushing the site to download faster and making your browsing more secure. I care about you! And I’ve had over 1400 attacks on the site in the past few weeks. You Need Life Skills isn’t even a month old! Why?! So, I…Continue Reading “When Things Fall Apart: I Broke The Website”

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Who will miss me when I’m gone? This is a question that everyone should ask frequently during their lives. I’m pretty obsessed with death and legacy nowadays and this is something that has been coming up for me over and over again. Who will miss me when I’m gone? Family members come to mind. My mother would cry. She thinks I’m awesome. My brother too. It’s been the two of us our whole lives. Plus, he’d have to talk at my funeral and he’d absolutely hate…Continue Reading “Who Will Miss Me When I’m Gone?”

Graveyard - Who Will Miss Me When I'm Gone

The Impact of Grandad On My LIfe In life, if you are lucky, you get to meet an angel. I called mine “Grandad”. Grandad was my mother’s father. My heartbeat. He would smuggle food onto your plate if you looked like you wanted more chicken. He would give secret handshakes with money in his palm. He would make sure that you were not only physically but also spiritually ok by praying for his family morning and night. I loved that man with all my heart. I’ve…Continue Reading “Why My Grandad Was Better Than Yours”

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How Do People Remember You? The Power of Personal Branding. When people hear your name, what do they think of? Not sure? Let’s run an experiment.  What do you think of when you hear the following people? O.J. Simpson Mother Theresa Elon Musk Kim Kardashian If anything came to mind when you thought of those people, you have a sense of their “personal brand”. And that is what you are hoping to cultivate and identify as well. “Personal Branding is the means by which people…Continue Reading “If I Google You, What Is Your Personal Brand?”

Professional Woman Working On Her Laptop. She Didn't Get The Job Either.

I didn’t get the job Yesterday I failed to get the job I applied for. That sucked. I didn’t fail in an awful and irreparable way but in a way that attacks my ego. I failed to convince a hiring manager and persons at the organization that I was the best candidate for the position. A position I honestly wanted. And I’m one of those women who only apply if I meet 100% of the criteria so I know that, on paper at least, I should…Continue Reading “Thank You For Applying, You Didn’t Get The Job”

I am a human rights lawyer. I am also a personal development blogger. Both human rights and personal development for me come from exactly the same place: a desire to leave the world a little better than I entered it. They are exactly the same thing but on different scales. What are human rights? “Human rights” concerns itself with the rights and responsibilities of human beings. I made that definition up myself. I have a whole Masters degree in International Human Rights Law. You trust…Continue Reading “Human Rights and Personal Development Are The Same Thing On Different Scales”

Who are your friends? Facebook has taught us that “friend” is anyone we know. THAT IS NOT TRUE. It is much much more than that. You are the reflection of your circle of friends. Your 5 closest friends are a clear reflection of who you are as a human. What are you reflecting?     Take the Friend Quiz   Every negative character trait on this list that you see in your friend is also something you may do as well. If you don’t want to…Continue Reading “Show Me Your Friends: Quiz Edition”