Guide To Google Drive

How tracking all my professional setbacks made me less afraid of them

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This piece is part of How Google Drive Can Make Every Corner of Your Life Easier

When things are tough, it’s tempting to look back on earlier parts of our lives through a nostalgia-tinted lens, forgetting that we’ve ever experienced any previous setbacks. Luckily for me, though, I’ve made it impossible to forget just how many times I’ve failed.

When I first left my full-time media job and went freelance, I started a Google Sheet of all my story pitches for articles that never landed anywhere. Next to each rejected pitch I note the outlet I pitched it to, plus…


Change is hard, but think of all the changes you’ve survived so far

A photo of a girl putting on a face mask while preparing to go outside.
A photo of a girl putting on a face mask while preparing to go outside.
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In some cities and states, people can once again see their co-workers in person, get a dental checkup, or make plans to safely visit family again. In others, it will happen soon.

For many, the return to some semblance of normalcy offers a sense of relief. But that’s not true for everyone. If you’re feeling worried about the gradual end to sheltering-in-place, or — even more confusingly — already know that you’ll miss it, rest assured that you’re far from alone. …


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How to Write Anything

A great dating profile is about the power of personal narrative

This story is part of Forge’s How to Write Anything series, where we give you tips, tricks, and principles for writing all the things we write in our daily lives online, from tweets to articles to dating profiles.

Writing about yourself in any capacity can feel like an impossible task. Ever been asked to write a brief bio for a company website or a class reunion update and come up blank? …


Pandemic puppies are an extremely cute trend, but adopting an animal in quarantine could be a dicey proposition

A cute orange cat naps while its paw lays on its owner’s hand.
A cute orange cat naps while its paw lays on its owner’s hand.
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It seems like every time I scroll through my social media feeds, I see another friend who’s fostering or adopting a pet. They’re romping with rescue pups on grassy lawns. They’re cuddling with kittens as they binge Tiger King.

I’m a little jealous, but I’m also a little skeptical. I grew up with a beloved family dog that I often miss. But because I know how much work they are, I’ve held off on getting my own pet, even as adoptions and foster care applications have surged with the country in lockdown.

This odd new phenomenon of animal shelters running…


Nothing else makes sense, so go ahead and eat three breakfasts

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I used to think I knew how to feed myself. My meals followed a routine: I started each morning with oatmeal, had a lunch I’d meal-prepped the Sunday before, and went out to dinner on the weekends. If I baked a dessert or bread, it was because I expected guests. None of these felt like rigid rules I struggled to follow. They just felt like regular life.

Of course, that was before I was stuck in my apartment during one of the most surreal and stressful periods in many of our lifetimes. Now, there are back-to-back bowls of Froot Loops…


Without the aspiration of living our best life all the time, there are harder questions left to answer

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Stay home. Avoid large gatherings. Don’t travel. Skip seeing even small groups of friends. As coronavirus spreads around the globe, abiding by these rules has, temporarily at least, made my embarrassingly incessant FOMO disappear.

Like many millennials, my social life has lived online for about as long as I’ve had a social life. And yet suddenly, I no longer have a nagging feeling that I should go out every Friday night or spend every long weekend on a super-special and photogenic getaway. Gone is the worry that I’m wasting a day spent doing nothing in particular. I can pause the…


How journaling can help you find small things to be grateful for

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The week before I started gratitude journaling, I was on a bus tour in Southern Iceland with my boyfriend of about a year. With an Instax camera he’d bought me for my birthday, I snapped puffins and black sand beaches and double rainbows stretched across waterfalls, knowing even then that this would be one of the best trips of my life. Days later, I returned to the most spacious apartment I ever lived in, laying the palm-sized photos on my bed for a quick Instagram.

And I cried. I cried in that heaving, shaking, hollow way. When I tried to…

Julia Pugachevsky

freelance writer with work in VICE, BuzzFeed News, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Insider, and more.

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