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How I'm Currently Organizing My Daily Schedule

I’ve always gravitated toward a steady routine in order to feel productive throughout the day. This mentality stems from university where I really didn’t have a lot of time between classes to get my essays done.

To stay on top of everything I would schedule my months in advance and set aside specific times devoted to assignments. Doing this made it so much easier keep track of everything that was due without scrambling last minute to get it done. Needless to say, I never missed a deadline.

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What I've Watched Recently

I’ve devoted the last few months to really maintaining a certain level of productivity when it comes to my business, which means that I haven’t had that much time or energy to binge watch like I used to. However, there have been a few shows and movies that I’ve somewhat gotten into that I think are worth sharing for anyone else who might be struggling with their entertainment options. I never have and never will claim that I have the best taste in movies and shows. I like an eclectic variety to choose from, which is why the list below will probably seem random and not at all cohesive.

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How To Be More Grateful For Your Body

This past year has really tested me when it comes to my body image. After having gone through a fair amount of anxiety I turned to my trusted coping mechanism—food. Feeling the need to indulge in food as a way to feel better not only made me feel physically ill, but also changed the way I viewed my self-control, especially when I noticed my body begin to change in tandem. After having discussed these feelings with my therapist, I realized that my insecurities didn’t lie in the way I looked, but rather how I thought I would be perceived by others. Instead of recognizing how supportive my body was trying to be for me during times of high anxiety and, in a sense, putting on armour by gaining a bit of weight, I was berating myself.

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How To Start Decluttering Your Space When You Feel Overwhelmed

One of my favourite things to do after a significant period of change is a deep declutter of my belongings. I wouldn’t say I’m the biggest hoarder I know, but I often forgo throwing things out or donating them when it feels overwhelming or very time consuming. However, moving back to Toronto gave me the perfect opportunity to go through everything I own and make some cut-throat decisions of what should stay and what should go. I’m saddened to report that a lot of what I decluttered I had been holding onto since high school…more than 10 years ago.

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Running A Freelance Business With Anna Considine

Today’s interview is with an online creative that I have been following since early 2017. Anna has been a motivating and inspiring example in the way I want to run my own business, so I thought it would be incredibly interesting to get a bit of in-depth information about her process. From mental health to the freelancing lifestyle, she has shown me the importance of authenticity and perseverance when it comes to achieving your goals.

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Why It's Important To (Sometimes) Be Uncomfortable

I’ve always been someone that avoids discomfort at all costs. I’ve just never really understood the point of putting yourself in a scenario where you feel less than great only to then have to think back to it and cringe at something you might have said or done. However, after having spent the past year in a foreign country (one that I had never visited before I moved there) I’ve learned a few lessons about why it’s okay, and sometimes necessary, to put yourself in uncomfortable situations.

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Simple Tips For Getting Your Freelance Writing Business Off The Ground

Starting a business isn’t easy, especially one as specific as content writing. However, there are a few simple methods that you can use to get your small business off the ground. After about two months of really focusing on growth and outreach, I’ve worked with two clients and am currently having a few other business reach out to me. While there’s always more to learn, I thought it would be helpful for anyone else going through this journey if I shared a bit of what I’ve found works best for me at the moment.

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How To Get Things Done When Your Environment Isn’t Conducive To Productivity

Moving back in with your parents during a time of significant change isn’t easy. There are a lot of moving pieces in play that can really affect the way you live your life and maintain a level of productivity that makes you feel successful and in control. Seeing as I’ve recently moved back home after almost a year of living abroad, I thought I would share some insight into how I’m attempting to reach my goals in a less-than-ideal environment. From home renovations to old familial habits rearing their heads—we all might need a bit of help when it comes to navigating stressful spaces and maintaining productivity.

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Running A Freelance Business With Lauren from itslaurenvictoria

Today’s guest on this freelancer series is Lauren Brooker from itslaurenvictoria. I have been following her blog for a year or so now and really resonate with her journey as a freelancer who feels a bit overwhelmed with the pressures that come along with that lifestyle. She’s always been open about discussing her mental health issues and that’s made me feel that much more comfortable sharing my own on this blog.

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4 Ways To Inspire Yourself

I’ve always had a hard time inspiring myself. Often, I’ll look to others who seem much more successful than I am for some secret that I just can’t tap into. Answers are more satisfying than the journey of discovering them, which can lead me (and, I’m sure others) to feeling a bit lost when the inspiration and motivation isn’t quite there to achieve your goals. For today’s post I wanted to offer a few ways that you can inspire yourself so that you don’t always have to turn to others for the necessary affirmation of your journey.

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Why You Should Be Blogging

Whether you’re a freelance business owner or just a creative person, managing a blog is one of the best things you can do for your professional and personal life. I often hear talk about how blogging is dead, but at the end of the day, blogging is just another form of communication online and that will never truly be overdone. There is always need for connection and creativity, so don’t be put off by the idea that the effort you are putting in to regular blog posts is pointless.

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Running A Freelance Business With Emily Fata From Wanderous Affair

Welcome to my new blog series all about mental health and running a freelance business! Throughout the next few months I will be hosting interviews with my favourite bloggers where they share their journeys running a business and maintaining their mental health in the process. These interviews will be released every two weeks until the foreseeable future and will have the same sets of questions until I think it’s necessary to switch them up. I am incredibly excited to share these stories and I hope they will benefit anyone else struggling with a similar journey.

Today’s guest is a close and personal friend of mine, Emily Fata from Wanderous Affair.

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What Working From Home Actually Looks Like

Let’s face it, working from home is great if you’re an introvert like I am. There was nothing more luxurious and comfortable to me than the thought of leaving my 9-5 office job and working from home, creating my own hours, and just doing what I wanted with my time. While I can still agree that there isn’t any other work lifestyle I would enjoy as much, there are a few aspects about working from home that I didn’t expect. It wasn’t until I started experiencing them for myself did I recognize that, no matter what, nothing will ever be ideal and you should always manage your expectations when it comes to finding the right path for you.

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How To Get Into Journaling If You Don't Know Where To Start

I recently watched a YouTube video by Matt D’avella about journaling for 30 days straight. While I’m always the first to encourage someone to journal as much as they can, there were a few points he made and approaches he took in his challenge that I didn’t really agree with. For one, he made journaling sound like exercise in the sense that you have to do it every single day to get the results you want otherwise you’re wasting your time. He also limited his journaling to only 10 minutes in order to be able to do it every day and I think that defeats the entire purpose of the practice. For today’s post I wanted to somewhat counteract the points he made while also offering some advice to those who want to start journaling regularly, but don’t really know where to start or feel too intimidated by the process.

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What I've Watched Recently

I’m usually always quick to find new shows on Netflix that are absolutely fantastic, but recently I haven’t been in much of a ‘watching’ kind of mood. However, the few things I have seen in the past little while are worth the watch if you’re looking for something new to fill up your time. It’s rare that I find something good enough to spend my time binging it and waiting for the next season, so I thought it would be worth discussing these shows and movies for anyone interested.

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5 Ways I Want To End My Day

I recently published a post about the things I want to do to start my day, but there are also new habits I want to form when it comes to ending my day. After a day of work I usually just want to sit on the couch and catch up on some YouTube videos or watch a new Netflix series, but since I spend my work day looking at a screen, I want to fill up that evening time with other activities that’ll get me ready for a peaceful sleep. Some of these habits are going to take time to be in regular practice, but I find that even setting up the intention is enough to begin switching the way you approach certain aspects of your life.

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The 3 Basic Steps Of Becoming A Freelance Writer

I am by no means an expert when it comes to running a freelance business or even really knowing all the twists and turns that come along with the title. I’m (in my mind) only a month in to being officially a content writing business owner, however, I have learned a few basic things about the process in my previous 2 years of freelance writing. Not to mention the countless hours I’ve spent researching every minute detail that goes into getting setup and started so that the business can be as effective as possible.

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3 Necessities When You Work From Home

Anyone who knows me knows that working from home is the dream for me. Having access to a personal washroom, a kitchen with all your favourite food, and a comfy couch to sit on for your lunch break are just a few of the perks of running your own business and working remotely. However, after months of being within the same four walls for both work and personal time, I’ve learned that there are a few necessities you should have to make the experience that much more comfortable and efficient.

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