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Whether you’re an entrepreneur, freelancer, or a Type-A planner, you’ve likely heard all about the life-changing benefits of scheduling your day with a method known as time blocking. Maybe it’s even your preferred way to organize your day.

According to ToDoIst, time blocking is a time management method where you divide your day into blocks that are dedicated to accomplishing specific tasks and only those specific tasks. By focusing on one task at a time rather than keeping a running to-do list, you’re essentially able to start each day with a concrete schedule to keep you on track.

But, time blocking doesn’t reap the same benefits for everybody. It sure doesn’t work for me. …


Leaky Gut could be the main source of your health issues. Here’s how to heal it

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You’re at work, sitting at your desk and working diligently when suddenly…it hits you.

The clock on your computer monitor reads 4:15pm. “Seriously?” you think to yourself. “Again?!”

You’ve already gone 4 times today. Or was it 5? I’m sure you’ve lost count by now.

It’s the end of the workday, and you try to resist — but who are you to deny Mother Nature? When duty calls, duty calls.

At last, you make it to your most frequented destination: the toilet.


#1. Boundaries are not selfish — they’re necessary

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Just a few years ago, I was stuck in a toxic relationship.

But it wasn’t a romantic partnership, nor a complicated relationship deepened by history with a family member that I was stuck in. It was a toxic friendship.

Everyone around me could see it, but I was willingly blinded by nostalgic memories of better times, our lengthy history, and the fact that I considered this person to be my best friend. That title was something I held on to — almost religiously.

As we continued to get older, we grew apart. It’s something that inevitably happens in many relationships; you either grow together, or you grow apart. Neither of us could accept the fact that we were growing apart. The late months of our “friendship” were characterized by petty drama, arguments similar to those I’d had with friends in elementary school, and our own unsettled traumas continuously coming into play. …


#1: Don’t be boring

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I’ve been working as a freelancer since the beginning of 2019. By now, I’ve racked up a substantial amount of experience under my belt — having worked as a freelance virtual assistant, social media manager, and writer to date. Not only that, but I make a full-time living doing so.

It wasn’t always this way. Back when I started dipping my toes into the freelance pool, I was a fresh college graduate with a political science degree that knew nothing outside of the 9–5 work structure. I’d spend hours listening to podcasts and researching how to become a full-time freelancer. The common denominator in the equation? …


Start making pleasure a big enough reason to do things

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These days, it seems like personal-development is the new black. Everybody and their mothers are talking about the various methods that they can adopt to be more productive, or more mindful.

Heck, when you open up your Medium homepage, you might find yourself immediately bombarded with titles promising tips and tricks for becoming a better overall human.

Meditate to help ease your anxiety. Begin an exercise routine to lose weight. Journal, because it’s good for your mental health. Implement psychedelics into your life, but only use them as sacred healing tools. Wake up earlier to increase your productivity levels throughout the day. …


Advice from modern authors and thought-leaders to transform your 20s

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If you’ve recently graduated from university or are hustling through the unpredictable period in life known as your 20s, you may be experiencing the phenomenon known as a quarter-life crisis: a period of intense soul searching and stress occurring in your mid-20s to early 30s, according to The Muse. Though less popular than its counterpart, the mid-life crisis, more young individuals seem to be experiencing this phase. According to a study by LinkedIn, 75% of 25–33-year-olds have experienced quarter-life crises. …


Sacred cacao contains an ingredient that stimulates the heart

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When I dove headfirst into (what I consider) a spiritual awakening about 2 years ago, I started following “spiritual influencers” on all of my social media channels.

I connected with energy healers, yoga teachers, and shamans. The more I watched their stories, listened to their podcasts, or viewed their YouTube videos — the more I noticed a common practice that many of these spiritually-attuned individuals utilized. That being: a sacred cacao ceremony.

Though the ritualistic plant seems to be gaining more traction in our modern cultures, it was originally discovered back in 1500 B.C., according to Chocovivo. Historically, cacao ceremonies were used as religious rituals in ancient Native Mesoamerican cultures. …


What I wish someone would have told me before I started my fitness career

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The first time I took an indoor cycling class, I remember thinking how badly I wanted to become an instructor myself one day.

Everything about it was completely electrifying for both my mind and body. As soon as the class began, the lights dimmed similarly to the way they do at concerts while your favorite band or artist makes their way to center stage. The room was dark, with scattered neon lights that allowed the participants to see the instructor.

Electronic, upbeat songs roared through the room as the instructor guided us through different movements on these bikes that went nowhere. We’d crank on resistance to climb imaginary hills. A fast song would play, and we’d be instructed to erupt our speed into a sprint. …


People-pleasers and over planners, take notes.

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It’s a Saturday afternoon after a particularly busy work week. You’re lounging on your couch, binging the latest Netflix series while enjoying comfort snacks and the company of your pets.

You feel relaxed, and life is good. That is until your phone buzzes with a notification. It’s a text from a new colleague.

Earlier in the week, she asked you to attend a networking dinner event on Saturday night for local business owners and entrepreneurs. You know that you don’t enjoy networking events and it’s been a long week, but how can you say no? The working relationship may be beneficial to both of your businesses. …


Insights from one of the earliest psychedelic researchers

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As I sit here typing out this story, I’m not listening to the lo-fi beats that serve as typical background music for my workdays. No, I’m listening to a carefully crafted playlist by Bill Richards, Ph.D., a psychologist in the Psychiatry Department of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and an experienced psychedelic researcher, trainer, and consultant.

But, it’s not just any playlist. It’s a playlist that Richards created specifically for psilocybin trips.

When people think of “tripping playlists,” the songs that come to mind range from heavy electronic jams to Pink Floyd’s album, Dark Side of the Moon. Richards’ playlist doesn’t rep these common trippy tunes. Rather, it features songs by Vivaldi and Mozart, with the big finishes of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun”.

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