I keep track of my freelance clients, side projects, and personal life all in one place

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I’ve tried more productivity apps than I can count. I’m a sucker of an app that promises to change the way that I work and keep me more organized. But jumping from app to app, tool to tool tends to defeat the purpose of staying more organized. Every time I have to start over on a new platform, I lose the momentum I had built on the previous one. The result is a disorganized mess of to-do lists that I can’t keep track of.

Through every new tool I try, there was one that acted as a sort of baseline…


Systemitizng my process improved my writing quality and made me more productive

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There was a time in my freelance writing career where I was writing 3 articles per week for 3 different clients. On top of that, I was also publishing 3–4x per week on my blog. Managing all of these projects was pure chaos. I always met my deadlines, but my process for getting everything done was a mess. I planned my days like this: Wake up, check which deadline was coming up first, work on that thing until I was too burnt out to function, then decide what I “felt” like working on next.

My routine was purely reactive to…


It’s not about solving the problem, but observing what’s holding you back

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As humans, we’re naturally inclined to look for reasons to keep ourselves safe. Our brains are conditioned to fear the unknown and look for safety in things that we find comfortable and familiar.

For years, I struggled with feeling “stuck” in my life and not knowing how to deal with these emotions. I knew what I needed to do to achieve my goals, but the minute I tried to take the necessary steps to achieve them, I was overcome with overwhelming feelings of fear and anxiety. …


You can rank without compromising quality

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People create content because they want others to see it. For a while, I was a “build it (and build it well), and they will come” type of person. I thought all I had to do was write what I thought was good content, and that was enough. Instead, I heard crickets and felt endless amounts of resentment towards the people who actually promoted their work. Let’s face it. No one wants to spend hours crafting an informative and valuable piece of content only to let it disappear into the abyss of the internet because it gets no traffic.

SEO…


A daily breathwork practice can benefit the mind, body, and spirit

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Breathwork has been a journey for me. The more I practice, the more I feel its effects compound within me. I feel a little better every time. Not only has it been a practice in controlled breathing but it’s increased my self-awareness of how and when I breathe. Since incorporating breathwork into my day-to-day, I can honestly say that I feel more confident, grounded and calm. (All feelings which can be pretty hard to come by these days.)

What is breathwork exactly?

Breathwork is any type of intentional, controlled breathing exercise. …


A transparent look at how I regained control of my finances

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The last time I logged in to my student loan dashboard, my amount owed read $0. Not because I had paid it off. On the contrary, I had neglected to acknowledge this debt in over a year. So my accounts were turned over to a collection agency. Earlier that year, I also missed a handful of credit card payments, maxed out my accounts, and found myself jobless, clientless, and feeling rather hopeless.

That month, my credit score dropped over 100 points and I had no one to blame but myself.

I‘ve always had a complicated relationship with money

For most of my life, I believed that talking about…


Am I the only one?

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Six weeks ago, I had a plan. A content calendar for an entirely new direction I wanted to take with my writing. I was stoked. It was the first time I had felt inspired in months, and I woke up excited to start executing. I worked on outline after outline, trying to get my messaging right. I spent days relentlessly trying to find the right words to introduce it to my audience. Forcing back the imposter syndrome so I could power through this boost in momentum.

Then, about a month ago, everything changed. A new C-word infiltrated the news cycle…


Unprecedented times call for realistic advice beyond basic productivity hacks

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I’ve written my fair share of articles about remote work. I’ve written about the benefits of it, how it makes so much more sense than working in an office. I’ve touted productivity hacks and the importance of daily habits and routines.

And even though I’ve seen a notable boost in traffic on that content over the last few weeks, most of the advice I’ve given just doesn’t apply to our lives at this moment in time.

It irks me to see so many opportunistic marketers using this crisis as a reason to re-launch their “how to be a remote worker”…


Igniting your writing spark with a few simple suggestions.

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Daily journaling was one of the first promises I made to myself when I committed down the path of self-healing. Doing the work requires discipline, patience, and commitment.

One of my biggest weaknesses was a lack of self-trust, which was fueled by the constant breaking of promises that I made to myself. Journaling forced me to show up for myself and confront things I was dealing with on a daily basis and built the muscle of consistency.

Journaling was a habit that was easy enough to commit to, and that helped me gain confidence that if I want to accomplish…


And it’s making me mad.

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Places I love are showing their true colors, and it’s not pretty.

Up until a few weeks ago, there were two constants in my life: Coworking space, and yoga. My coworking space was not taking the situation seriously, at all. Up until a week ago, they were hosting parties, encouraging gatherings, and members were making tasteless jokes on social media about spreading the virus.

Since then they’ve closed their doors indefinitely, with a message that felt more like them succumbing to social pressure by their members and less because they actually care about the community.

My yoga studio handled it even worse.

The last class I took at the studio was about…

Sarah Aboulhosn

Occasional writer, and serial project-starter. Join my 15-day Journaling Challenge https://daysofcalm.com/journal-challenge/

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