I learned a lot more than home-buying tips.

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At the age of 25, I bought my first home. A small condo in a town 15 minutes from both of my parents’ houses. The process was exciting, stressful, discouraging, relieving, and so many other things all at once.

I started by home search during a time where the market was HOT for sellers and a pressure-cooker for buyers. A time where condos like the one I was looking for would go on and off the market in the blink of an eye.

In reality, the whole process was not that long, but it felt like an eternity. I certainly…


And where you should go to learn them

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As a college graduate, I can tell you that I learned a lot of valuable academic and life skills in college. I certainly reflect on my experience positively, and I do think it helped me even though I’m technically not using my psychology degree.

Regardless, going through college taught me a lot. I learned incredibly important skills like time management, perseverance, studying, writing, and more.

But that’s not why we’re here today.

For everything great I learned in college, there are some pretty big things about life that I didn’t know when I graduated.

I, and a lot of others…


The top reasons these two Kardashian-Jenner brands killed the marketing game.

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2020 has been a year of unexpected events. One of which is the recent announcement that the Kardashians will air the final season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians in early 2021. KUWTK has had a very interesting 21 season run, undoubtedly fueling the popularity of the entire Kardashian-Jenner clan.

The show has set the stage for two of the most successful brands the family has launched: Kim K’s SKIMS and Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics (namely the lip kits).

Of course, their fame played a huge role in the success of their brands, but it’s not the only factor. Other…


Professional writing has many intangibles

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Being a writer is a lot like being an athlete.

Top athletes bring several skills to the table in addition to their physical or even sport-specific abilities. The “intangibles”, like confidence and adaptability, define which athletes make it and which don’t.

Writing, just like sports, requires an abundance of periphery skills for success. Being a good writer, with a knack for storytelling, is the baseline. To build a writing career, you’ll need several skills that aren’t related to writing.

Along my accidental journey to content writer, I’ve learned which non-writing skills have helped me, and many other writers, create a…


There’s more to soccer than kicking a ball

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By the time I was in middle school, it was my dream to play college soccer.

But it’s a dream that many athletes share and far fewer achieve. With the odds of playing NCAA Division 1 soccer 48:1, making it on the Gopher Soccer team was undoubtedly a dream come true.

Entering college soccer in the Big Ten, I expected to be challenged physically and mentally, but I was not expecting to walk away with some of the biggest lessons of my life.

In ways I did not expect, playing college soccer prepared me for success in “the real world”…


Hi. Another psych major here.

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“Get a degree in a field that earns money.”

That was one of the oh-so-wise sentiments I heard from my father time and time again as I prepared for college, and then again after I began my psychology undergrad degree.

You see, my dad is a very successful “Chief Technologist” (according to his LinkedIn), and has a Management Computer Systems Bachelor of Science Degree. Yeah, he got a degree, got a job in the exact field, then worked his way up. So naturally, he thinks that’s the only reasonable model to follow.

My dad is one of those people that…


It’s not all that it’s cracked up to be

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Set your hours, work from home in your pajamas, and choose the work you’re passionate about.

It sounds like a dream life, right?

Well, those are some of the reasons that people get into freelance work, including freelance writing.

Here’s the main problem with that “quit your full-time job for the freelance dream” notion…it’s not real. According to 2017, a survey from Freelance Writing, most freelancers earn less than $10,000 a year and work less than 20 hours a week.

Yikes. You can’t quit your corporate job for that.

Maybe living life primarily from freelance writing is real for some…


This was the foundation of my writing career

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Making a career out of writing is definitely plausible, especially considering that so many businesses need content for their website, blogs, social media, and more.

While there is a demand for writers, the competition is very stiff and the road to professional writing is not an easy one. Along my accidental journey to becoming a full-time writer, there is one thing I did that has helped more than any other tip or strategy I’ve learned. Writing for an agency jumpstarted my writing career.

Your goal may be to work 100% for yourself as a freelance writer, but starting out with…


How I grew not only as an athlete but as a human

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament. It’s known to most athletes as the ACL, and it is the one thing absolutely nobody wants to hurt.

As an athlete in any sport at any level, you think you understand what it means to hear the heartwrenching “it’s your ACL.”

But you don’t.

I watched countless teammates battle with ACL recoveries and I really felt bad for them, but I had no idea.

I had no idea what a visceral experience it was until it happened to me.

Tearing my ACL

To understand all that I learned from my ACL recovery, you must first understand the situation.

I…


My tips for a more productive writing routine

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Every week, Grammarly sends me a nice little update to encourage me to sign up for their premium service. The updates share some interesting analytics about how many words I’ve written, word choice uniqueness, tone, and more.

After seeing these updates week in and week out, I realized something kind of crazy. I am now consistently writing around 100,000 words per week and have nearly hit 3 million since May 2019. Three. Million.

Rashida Beal

Professional athlete, content writer, and content marketer. Sharing my raw, unfiltered experiences. https://justbreathesports.com/

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