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Powerful foods packed with nutrients.

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Every single person’s life on Earth is unique. We all work different jobs, lead vastly different lives, and live in different parts of the world. We have our own families, hobbies, schedules, and routines.

Even so, we all have a few common necessities — food, water, shelter, etc. Although most of us lead very busy lives, we all take time out of each day to eat.

Even so, I don’t think there is enough emphasis today on the health impacts of which foods we choose to put into our bodies. Food is not just one of life’s simple pleasures. …

Genius ideas to optimize your success.

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Bill Gates is regarded as one of the most successful people in the world. He co-founded Microsoft, became a billionaire, and then moved on to doing philanthropy work for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

While there are some aspects of highly successful billionaires’ routines that many people would not want to (and quite frankly, should not) adopt, I do think there are a few key lessons to be learned from Bill Gates’ daily routine.

Some people might assume that a man with the kind of wealth Bill Gates has acquired (over $100 billion) would be spending his days kicking…

They just might do the same for you.

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For about five years now, I have lived what I would call a very healthy lifestyle. I don’t love to use the word healthy, because I think it’s a very relative term. My perception of a healthy diet or lifestyle could be completely different than yours. Even so, it’s the best way I can think of to describe how I choose to live and eat.

So, I’m going to further explain what my healthy diet looks like. It consists of three full meals with snacks in between, and dessert every single night. …

No, it’s not 5 AM.

When I joined my middle school’s cross-country team in 8th grade, I was forced to wake up at 7 AM to get to summer practices on time. Unsurprisingly, this is when my hatred for exercising early in the morning began to develop.

During these morning practices, I always felt tired and half asleep. On top of that, my stomach hurt no matter what I ate. As a result, I didn’t look forward to my runs. I knew I had to get through them to experience the fun part — racing, but I also wished I didn’t feel this way.


My experience budget shopping at Aldi.

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I have always been someone who enjoys a good deal. But beyond that, I’m also a chronic worrier. I am constantly looking for ways to save money because you never know when you might need it. Even if you are financially secure right now, you could lose your job, the housing/stock market could crash, your car could breakdown and need an expensive repair, etc.

As a result of living through the recession that occurred between 2007–2009, I have always tried to save some extra money so that I will have an emergency fund should something unexpected pop up.

One of…

Don’t just tolerate it.

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When I was in high school, I thought that healthy food was extremely boring. I never thought I would reach the point where I woke up craving oatmeal over sugar cereal, loaded salad bowls over frozen microwave meals, or homemade pasta over peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Yet, I managed to flip the switch.

Nowadays, I truly love eating healthy food. I look forward to cooking pasta, loaded sweet potatoes, vegan banana pancakes, and much more. I don’t feel dependent on sugar, and my energy is consistently high.

In the past, I didn’t think you could have it both ways…

Happy Tidbit Tuesday everyone!

This past week, we published many different articles on the topics of health, fitness, food, lifestyle, work, and more. Here are four of the most popular ones that you definitely do not want to miss.

3 Strategies That Help Me Wake Up Earlier and Feel Amazing

In this piece, Alyssa shares her top tips for waking up early and actually feeling good.

5 Healthy and Affordable Foods To Buy at Trader Joe’s

Felicia shares some of her Trader Joe’s favorites in this article.

3 Life Changing Benefits of Running Every Single Morning

In this article, Alyssa discusses some key reasons that she loves going for a run each morning.

3 Things I’ve Learned Managing a Full-Time Job With a Side Hustle

Felicia shares her experience balancing her full-time job with her side hustle in this piece.

And that…

The top strategies I use daily.

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In recent years, our society has become more and more focused on material goods. If you have a huge house, fancy car, and designer clothes, you are seen as “successful”. However, all the waste and excess has come at a price, namely the environmental impacts and the constant feeling of never having enough.

When I was in high school, I used to think that I needed fancy bags and shoes to fit in with my peers. …

Here’s what happened.

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I was a division one collegiate endurance runner for four years. During those four years, I rarely got a break from exercise. I grew accustomed to logging 50+ miles week after week, to the point where it felt foreign if I didn’t have at least a 5 mile run to complete on any given day.

Through those four years, there were many ups and downs. Running is like a roller coaster ride. You experience the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Yet, I think most competitive runners would agree that the hard work is worth it in the end.

Be aware of these struggles before you dive in.

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Freelancing is often painted in an extremely positive light. You get to set your own hours, be your own boss, or simply make some extra money on the side while maintaining a full-time job.

For the most part, freelancing is incredibly fun, exciting, and beneficial. However, when freelance blogging, photography, videography, etc. becomes your full-time career, there are a number of problems that arise almost instantly.

Unfortunately, a lot of people tend to brush these issues aside in favor of writing posts like “how I made $5,000 in my first month as a freelance writer”. …

Alyssa Atkinson

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