Why people have started sacrificing their sleep for more free time.

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Sleep schedules across the globe were one of the many victims of 2020. Suddenly, people who were working from home could swap their usual commute for sleeping in a little later, their usual 10pm bed-time pushed out a couple of hours to binge watch a few of their favourite Netflix shows. The line between when their day began and ended became incredibly blurred.

They suddenly had a whole bunch of free time, it seemed. There was less time needed to commute, to socialise, to sleep. Instead, there was more…

Don’t be disheartened simply because there’s another candle on your birthday cake.

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As my friends and I enter the year of the 30th birthdays, I have found myself in the midst of many deflated discussions and a whole heap of panic. Although 30 is still bloody young in my opinion, it’s quite commonly the age where people think they should have their shit together.

What someone actually defines as having their “shit together”, however, is ridiculously subjective. The variance of worries and concerns is huge.

  • Some of my friends believe that they don’t earn as much as they thought they would be earning by this age.
  • Some are in debt, when they…

Both the physical and mental benefits.

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Any diet that restricts certain food groups can get a bad rap, and often rightly so. Restricting certain food groups can cause people to develop an unhealthy relationship with particular food — they view certain types of food as ‘good’ and ‘bad’. It leads to feelings of tremoundous guilt when they think they’ve ‘caved in’ and eaten a ‘bad’ food. It can cause binging due to a vicious restrict and binge cycle which many of us have encountered.

In reality, a healthy mindset towards food would see us being able to eat anything we feel like eating — all in…

Push your self-criticism to the side.

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Many writers are plagued with self-doubt. We write a few sentences or pages or chapters in feverish passion before slowly tapering off into the realm of negative thoughts. We feel like we aren’t good enough. We wonder if we are wasting our time.

What we need to remember is that nothing we write is ever a waste of time. Each and every sentence we write is another stepping stone to becoming a better writer.

Every time you write, you are finding your voice. You’re crafting your skills, learning what works and what doesn’t. You will slowly notice the things you…

Have you spent your life being accused of being an extrovert?

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When I discovered the concept of an ‘extroverted’ introvert, I was relieved.

Many of us love to be able to put various labels on ourselves, as it helps us navigate our thoughts and feelings, and helps us better understand the way that we are. I’d finally found one that, for me, had hit the nail on the head. I felt seen.

Previously, whenever I had tried to explain to friends, family and colleagues that I was an introvert, it was often met with raucous laughter. “Ha!” they would exclaim, “You’re the least introverted person I’ve ever met.”

I would often…

Put away your excessive expectations.

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I first learned of this notion from reading Stephen King’s “On Writing”, and it changed my life forever.

“I believe the first draft of a book — even a long one — should take no more than three months… Any longer and — for me, at least — the story begins to take on an odd foreign feel.”

Stephen King

I’m a perfectionist, which is often a battle when it comes to writing a first draft. You doubt every word, every sentence, every chapter. …

From mindset and gratitude to going easy on yourself.

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1. Be kind to yourself.

It took me 4 years to put on an extra 20kg, which is a pretty short amount of time for such a large amount of weight. It started with the new, sedentary lifestyle of my first desk job and was quickly escalated by being thrust into the midst of intense grief.

Queue the severe depression, anti-depressants and frequent binge-eating to mask the sadness and anxiety and the 20kg came on hard and fast. And I honestly didn’t care, at the time. Grief leaves little room for you to care about more than the grief and pain itself.

Fast forward to…

Templated article headlines that will attract more attention.

The title of your article is arguably one of the most important aspects of your writing. It doesn’t matter if you’ve written an absolute masterpiece if no one clicks through to it in the first place.

Titles may only be a few words long, but their importance can’t be underestimated. A good headline will drive traffic, increase article shares and improve search results.

Over 90% of my articles get curated by Medium, and I do give some credit to my titles. They’re simple, straight to the point and everyone who reads them immediately gets the gist. I’ll happily admit that…

Simple advice from personal trainers.

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Squats are arguably one of the best exercises you can do for both your strength training and cardiovascular health. And no, they aren’t just for body builders.

The list of benefits one gets from incorporating squats into their workout routine is a mile long. Squats develop total-body strength, stimulate total body muscle growth, and improve overall athleticism. The most obvious benefit of squats is strengthening and building your muscles — quadriceps, hamstrings, hip flexors and calves. As well as improving muscle mass, squats are a great exercise for weight loss as well — the more muscle you have, the faster…

It will all be worth it, in the end.

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I met my partner when I was 21 years old. It was at the very beginning of my big European trip that I had embarked on with my best friend. I’d never been particularly interested in dating or boys — I was always more interested in hanging out with friends, family, working and travelling. Josh and his best friend were also embarking on a big European trip together, and as fate would have it, they were in the same 3-week tour group as us.

I’ll skip all the lovey-dovey details — that’s an article for another time. But after 5…

Maddie Rosier

Leaving parties early since 1991. Advertising suit by day.

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