What no one’s ever told you about having an incredible day

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Ever since the beginning of time, people have understood what is important about mornings. Rising with the sun, (or before), has been something that people have done for centuries. If you were running a farm, you’d have to rise before the sun came up in order to get all of the work done.

You only had so much daylight and you had to spend it wisely — the same applies today. …


How to start making space for you to be you, apart from the noise

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I’m done surviving. For far too long, with all sorts of feelings and thoughts running through my head that were not serving me, I crawled through life hoping something else wouldn’t come to hit me down again. And if I’ve learned anything, it’s that that’s no way to live. On the side of a lot of it, it oftentimes shocks me to see people still stuck in it.

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” — Mr…


When doing less really is like doing more

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“Productive laziness” has been a topic of discussion online and in books for the past couple of years. It is one that is simple, but also a topic to be looked at in-depth and studied with closer detail. With this talk of laziness, I was unsurprisingly intrigued by what the word actually meant. I honestly was expecting a word with much more of a negative connotation, and yet this was what I got:

“lazy — unwilling to work or use energy”

I think this can be used as a positive descriptor. After all, it’s not an asset to feel like…


How ditching any and all advice can, and will, make you great

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The world tells you to do all sorts of things. Even in my chosen profession of self-development writing, it’s all about pretending that we know how things work and we know exactly how you’re supposed to do things. But if there’s anything I’ve learned from studying the tips, tricks, and time tables of the rich and famous, it is this…

There is no formula.

There’s no exact, precise way to do things that is going to guarantee you a certain amount of money, or the position of your dreams, or the life that you’ve always wanted. For one, no one is just going to…


Why sometimes it matters how close you are to home

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A close friend of mine recently introduced me to this quote while I was pondering what some of my favorite sayings and lines from movies were. I wanted to write them on the side of my tennis shoes. Reasons for that set aside, this quote was deemed obviously appropriate and I set to work with my pen. Of course, I have to turn my leg awkwardly to look at it while it’s on my foot — but I still love it. I always remember this quote.

But as you’re probably wondering, what does it mean? What is the significance of…


Making the right choices and heading in the right direction

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I used to think that having 150 life goals with 27 sub-goals for every single one of them was the way to have it all. With a delicately arranged calendar, an agenda for everyday of my life and an idea of exactly where I needed to be at the turn of every month, there was no way I could go wrong. After working with a therapist for several months and trying this myself, I quickly realized that this wasn’t the case.

“Living with integrity means behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values.” — Barbara De Angelis


The simple answer to fear, doubt, and everything holding you back from your dreams

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Mel Robbins, in her book The 5 Second Rule, talks about how you have to count down from five to spur on your mind and get to work. The greatest cure for anxiety and depression, hard as it may be, is action. There’s a lot of biological and psychological reasons for this, as well as scientific research and evidence to back it up, but I think it all comes down to this:

I think of anxiety, depression, and even the funks that we get into as people with all the things we’re dealing with as little stagnant pools of water…


The keys to not slaving away scheduling individual tasks

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There’s one thing that I’m always nervous about when I open a certain application on my laptop or phone. It’s the one the makes people the most uncomfortable, surprised, and confused. It’s the one that makes me appear the most neurotic, Type-A, and intense — it’s my calendar.

“If it weren’t for the last minute, a lot of things wouldn’t get done.” — Michael S. Traylor

Ever since my sophomore year of high school I’ve been a pretty strenuous scheduler. I haven’t always done it well, but since I’ve figured out how to use it best, it helps me automate…


Create a list of things you suck at, and then start doing them

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I’ve spent a lot of my life genuinely afraid of failure. This isn’t something we’re born with — after all, most kids start off happy to shout out the wrong answer, do something poorly, and pursue creative ventures just for the heck of it. Working with kids recently has shown even more of this unbridled pursuing spirit, uninhibited by the thought of confusion, criticism, or failure.

“Never be afraid to try something new because life gets boring when you stay within the limits of what you already know.” — Anonymous

And now, after learning from them and from failing at…


Honestly, we all need to get some things off of our plate

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Human beings weren’t made to keep up with all the things we keep up. Honestly, when I think about how much time I spend in my life managing my life I get a little irritated. You want to know what people in non-first world countries don’t have to worry about? Managing their life.

They don’t have outrageously large houses to clean, technology to update, or storage units to organize. …

Katie E. Lawrence

Owner of Masterpieces in Progress. Life is good — let’s talk about it. Human Sciences student at Auburn University, among other things.

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