I couldn’t sleep the night before my TED talk. I woke up around 4am and floated in and out of sleep for the rest of the night. My mind was whirling. I tried meditation, yoga, tea, took a bath. It wasn’t happening.

I was slotted to speak second-to-last the next…

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Why "get a job" is the wrong advice for twentysomethings

Something is very wrong. I look around at my peers-- smart, educated, twentysomethings, who are working at jobs they hate.

Maybe they are an overworked barista, getting paid ten dollars an hour to serve snotty clientele, or maybe they work in an office getting paid much more to have much…

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It’s time for an admission. I am a karaoke fiend.

My love for karaoke has nothing to do with the fact that I can sing. In fact, some of the best karaoke performers out there are terrible singers. They just put on a good show. It’s all about the performance.

Photo courtesy of Quinn Dombrowski

When I was sixteen years old, I quit the violin. I’d been playing since I was four— twelve years of classical training. But the last few years had felt forced.

I remember feeling profoundly ashamed about losing interest in the violin. I didn’t want other people to think I was…

Emilie Wapnick

Founder and Creative Director at http://puttylike.com @emiliewapnick

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