When it comes to doing things quickly, I was always conveniently “sick” during swimming carnivals. Try as I might, I would always come last — trying to swim forward but usually ending up at the bottom of the pool floor.
When it came to running races, I was always the bridesmaid and never the bride, with a huge amount of red ribbons riddling my teenage memory box instead of blue.
Last year I decided to treat myself to a Masterclass subscription. I’d been pondering the idea for months, and because it was constantly in my thoughts, I bit the bullet.
For those who don’t know, Masterclass is a platform where (for a tiny fortune) you are given access to tutorials, workbooks and lessons from some of the greats. The categories covered include Film, TV, Music, Entertainment, Writing, Culinary Arts, Business, Politics, Design, Photography, Fashion, Sports, Science, Tech and Lifestyle.
I personally signed up specifically for the Writing category, as the authors present in the tutorials are some of my idols…
We all know how fleeting life can be. In the grand scheme of things, we are all but a blimp on the radar of history. And with such a small amount of time on Earth, it can often make you wonder why we fill our time with so many of life’s trivial concerns.
Below are some of the most common regrets people have throughout their life.
They say that most of the things we worry about never actually happen. And even if they do happen, worrying about them just means that we’ve had to endure those negative feelings twice.
Four years ago, my father (in his early 50s, fit and healthy) was diagnosed with brain cancer. Two years later, after fighting with all his might, he passed away. It has been the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through, and due to my age, it was often something I felt like I was doing alone.
I was 23 when he was diagnosed, and 25 when he lost his battle. Although I have a beautiful partner, family and wonderful friends, I was the first of my close circle to experience the loss of a parent. …
Back when I was consistently earning in the top 10% of Medium writers, I was creating between 5–7 pieces a week. Were all of them successful? No. Most of them weren’t. Did that matter? Hell no.
Because I kept writing.
Even if you love writing more than anything, you will have your days where struggle. Whether it’s being able to come up with new and exciting topics and ideas or finding ways to articulate your jumbled thoughts, below are 9 ways you can fuel your imagination, compile your thoughts and get back to being the boss ass writer that you know you are.
Although it may appear to be a Hollywood cliché, there’s usually a reason why you often see people tapping away on their keyboards at a coffee shop.
A great headline is an incredibly powerful thing. You could write the world’s most entertaining and well-crafted article but if your headline falters, no one will ever know about it. A beautiful headline is simple. It’s to-the-point, and it offers up no bullshit.
A good, effective headline says to all potential readers, “Hey, come over here and this is what you’ll get.”
There are several writers on Medium who have absolutely nailed this craft. I know this from personal experience, because I always find myself clicking on their articles without a moment of hesitation. It isn’t until the article opens…
Happiness can often elude us, but it’s a state of mind that can be attained far more frequently that we think… if we actively work towards it.
Each of us have a huge amount of control over our levels of happiness, and the concept is reasonably simple — engage in the habits of happy people, and be happy in return.
The benefits of fuelling your body with good foods and moving regularly are super crucial towards one’s level of happiness.
People who eat well and exercise frequently simply feel better. They have higher levels of endorphins. They are more confident…
I have always loved learning about money, and get giddy over the concept of passive income through side hustles and investments.
Finance was never really something I was taught about growing up — we lived pay check to pay check so savings and investments weren’t really a topic that appeared over the dinner table. I was therefore a blank canvas, and had the world of articles and podcasts at the tips of my fingers. Below are 3 podcasts that helped improve my money literacy, taught me how to invest and inspired me to start a side hustle.
Hormones are chemicals produced by different glands across our body that are released into our bloodstream, and certain hormones are known to help promote positive feelings and good moods.
The four main happiness chemicals are dopamine, endorphins, oxytocin and serotonin. Each of these chemicals can have an impact on happiness, with effects ranging from managing stress, increasing pleasure, reducing pain and feelings of general well-being.
To put it simply — if you’re feeling good, your brain is likely releasing one of these four chemicals.
So, what do each of the chemicals do, and how can we access them?