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Being consistent

My go-to quick fun fact has been about kickboxing. Kickboxing, you heard right. It sounds intense and badass because it is! Before I started my first class ever back in 2016, my stomach was in knots. I was watching the previous class do the 15-minute warm up exercises and died inside. Oh shoot, I can't do that!!! That's...what, oh my goodness...I'm going to pass out!  I was sloppy and took a huge hiatus from kickboxing from November 2017 to middle of May 2018 because, well, life happened. Also, when you don't go for that long, you have trouble convincing yourself that
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How’s your commute?

After reading an old blog post I wrote--a little story about my commute one day after work and experiencing this past Tuesday's commute (over two hours to get home), I feel inspired to write this post, especially since the amount of complaining I have been doing related to my commute has been aplenty. Your commute also happens to be one of the first questions you get when you start a new job: "How's your commute? Is it better than the old job?" It really is a way for the person asking the question to benchmark how great or awful to
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“I am my own competition.”

Two weeks ago, I came across a text post on Tumblr that read "I am my own competition. I'm competing with myself." It didn't leave my brain, so it's time to write a little bit. As much as this post is a realization, it will also serve as a comforting reminder to my future self (when I cannot sleep, when I feel overwhelmed, small, stressed, or confused). My biggest competitor is and always will be me, myself, and I. It's easy to compare myself to everyone else but just because someone else is successful, beautiful, intelligent, creative, organized,  kind, confident,
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Dim sum

Definition of dim sum brought to you by Wiktionary: "a Cantonese-style meal traditionally eaten in the morning or early afternoon, comprising of tea and food, typically placed in small steamer baskets or on small plates and often served from carts that move around from table to table in a restaurant. The food served at a dim sum meal typically include dumplings, seafood, and desserts." *If you'd like to read more, Wikipedia does a good job. _ The people closest to me know that dim sum was not particularly an all-time favorite of mine growing up. That has changed as of late. In
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Networking doesn’t have to be scary

As I'm catching up with my "LIVE HAPPY" journal where I write at least one thing daily that made me smile, I can't help but stop and reflect on how great the past week has been (especially Pi Day, 3/14, and the day after, 3/15). Here's why: I realized that networking doesn't have to be scary, formal, or overwhelming. I don't need to be an extrovert or be free of social anxiety to be good at it. It doesn't have to be superficial. It also doesn't have to be called "networking". Until now, I've never been the largest fan of "networking events" as
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