It’s easier than you think.

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Black background with multicolored orange and red light up dollar signs
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My quirky high school English teacher taught me an easy way to get rich fast. Today, I’m going to share that story with you.

The class was seated in a semi-circle around the projector, our faces staring blankly up at the screen. This wasn’t your typical high school english class- this was an advanced high school english class, full of pretentious kids from wealthy neighborhoods that liked to spark controversial discussions. It was safe to say that I wasn’t from a wealthy neighborhood, and I often found myself rolling my eyes at how some of my peers perceived reality.

Looking…


Social media makes us feel like we are so far behind our peers, but I can guarantee that you have accomplished more than you realize.

A man stands on a large rock with his hands spread eagle in front of the wide open skies and mountains
A man stands on a large rock with his hands spread eagle in front of the wide open skies and mountains
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Millennials relate to the struggle. We have student debt, low income, and housing prices are way out of our league. Don’t let that fool you- you have come a long way since you were in your early twenties.

It’s hard to stop comparing yourself to others, and social media doesn’t make it any easier. We don’t have to wait for our ten-year high school reunions to see how successful some of our peers are. We are bombarded with nineteen year olds making themselves millionaires on YouTube and TikTok. If someones career has taken off, everyone knows it instantaneously. …


Without breaking the bank.

Tan sign that says “yes, we’re open” in front of a blurred background.
Tan sign that says “yes, we’re open” in front of a blurred background.
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Everyone seems to be a firm believer in supporting small businesses. In my experience, very few people consistently follow through on backing the little guys. Sure, we go to a local shop once in a blue moon, but rarely do we take time to think about small businesses when we are making day-to-day purchases.

If you take a moment to stop and think before you purchase, you’ll realize it’s incredibly easy to find and support small businesses.

During a pandemic, major retailers are not the place I want to be. When it’s time to venture out into a grocery store…


These take the cake for the weirdest reasons I’ve thrown out a resume.

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Red “For Hire” sign with white lettering on brown background
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Anyone who has spent some time in HR will be able to tell you some truly odd and unbelievable stories about their employees. These are my top three weirdest reasons I have thrown out resumes.

1. Being too honest

So for the most part, it’s great to be honest on your resume. Fluffing yourself up and presenting your best self is one thing, but there is a point when things get too honest.

I once had someone state their reason for leaving a job at a popular fast food chain was because “that shit sucked, and [they] couldn’t handle that shit anymore.”

I get…


The subtle benefits of being a woman that pays on the first date and how it changed my dating life.

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I’ve been on a decent number of dates- good dates, bad dates, meh dates, and everything in between. For my first date, we went to a miniature golf course and sculpture garden, it was lovely, and my date paid for the night.

Eventually I started to question why I had never paid for a date before. Was a free evening at dinner just a perk of being a woman? The thought made me uncomfortable. I decided I would officially be paying on my next first date. …


The true story of a non-existent pet ruining a long-term relationship.

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My long-term boyfriend and I were making spaghetti. It was a Tuesday night, and we were laughing and messing around as we squished together home-made meatballs and drank wine. Everything was perfect. It was as if the moon and stars placed a spotlight on us, and under that light we could exist together forever.

Being together was so effortless. But maybe that was the problem. Very few good things come without a little bit of effort.

So as we sat down to eat our spaghetti and joked about our…


Working 9 to 5 seems to consume life, but it doesn’t have to.

Man walking down the street in a business suit with a briefcase.
Man walking down the street in a business suit with a briefcase.
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Who am I? That’s the question I challenged my team at work to internalize in a recent seminar. But there was a catch — they couldn’t reference anything work-related in their answers. My team stared back at me with a sea of blank faces, as if the question didn’t make any sense. But slowly, we pulled little bits of information out of each other, and learned that George was a hobby farmer, Patrice was a musician, and so on. The question seemed simple, but it was amazing how hard it for everyone, myself included, to separate themselves from their work-identities.


Clothing styles come and go, but please stop trying to make freckles ‘trendy.’

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I’ve noticed this thing recently- the beauty world is all about faux freckles. There are faux freckle makeup pens and temporary henna ‘tattoos’ that will instantly give you the trendy freckle look.

The problem: my freckles are real. This creates real issues.

So here are the problems I have with the faux freckle trend:

1. The faux freckle look focuses on a light, barely there, smattering of adorable freckles across the bridge of the nose and cheeks.

Do people creating faux freckles even understand what most people’s actual freckles look like? I’m guessing no. Guess what, my freckles are everywhere. Everywhere. From head to toe, I have freckles. I even have a freckle on the palm of my hand.

You can’t control where…


Small but impactful, here’s the story of how a bug (well an insect, technically) changed my outlook on life.

Green grassy field with little white flowers
Green grassy field with little white flowers
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Imagine this: you are a broke college student just trying to get by. Sounds pretty familiar to a lot of people, right? That’s where I was at. I was young, broke, and working at a children’s daycare center for some extra cash. The last thing I expected was for this job to change my outlook on life.

It was a bright and sunny day on the playground, and I was keeping a diligent eye on my young toddlers. They were playing well together, which was a nice change. …


Everyone has that uncle, aunt, mom, dad, brother, sister, or friend that just can’t seem to contain their racism. Here is my small success story.

Black lives matter fist, “BLM” written on wrist in white writing.
Black lives matter fist, “BLM” written on wrist in white writing.
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I’ve been lucky enough to live with a family that has been pretty progressive in their views on race. With the exception of one family member, of course.

We’ll call this family member Sheelah.

Sheelah means well, but she doesn’t always understand that what she says isn’t okay. She’ll frequently say things like “Oh, I was standing behind this nice hispanic lady in the grocery checkout” or “look at that black lady over there, her shirt is so cute!” And while Sheelah means well, she always seems to insert race in places it doesn’t belong. Maybe it’s a generational thing…

Rachel K

Hobby-writing about my life, my opinions, and my experiences.

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