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It began with books

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“She always had her head in a book.” Ask my parents what I was like as a child, and that is what they will tell you. And looking at that old photo, well…

Like many people, I find stories, especially human stories, fascinating; every life is a potpourri of joy, sorrow, love, hardship, happiness, and pain. And so, after reading other About Me Stories, I thought I would share my own — in ten bullet points.

Who am I?

  • I am a 52-year-old Aussie woman — a Leo (for astrology lovers) currently living in the UK.
  • In addition to books, my big loves…

Sort the fact from fiction — a former journalist shows you how

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There was a time when journalists were revered for their newsgathering capabilities. As cadets, they learned to question everything; research, interview, verify facts, cover all angles, and get to the heart of a story. Professional journalists still possess those skills. The vast majority who enter the profession do so because they have a burning desire to pursue the truth and shine a light in dark corners. Sometimes, they are willing to put their life on the line to bring you those stories.

On the whole, journalists are not the bad…

Ten sure-fire ways to feel good and add more happiness to your life

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Ask anyone what they want from life, and chances are the phrase ‘to be happy,’ will make its way into the answer. But, what does it mean to be happy? Laughing, eating chocolate, watching silly cats and dogs on YouTube, enjoying sex, they all make us happy; only those moments are fleeting. So, how do we add more happiness to our lives?

Fortunately, it is possible to increase the amount of happiness in your life, and it doesn’t take a lot of effort. Here are ten ways to boost your daily intake.

1. Commit to being happy

Sadly, we get so caught up in our…

Ten powerful commencement speeches to inspire and motivate you

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They are the Hollywood celebrities we recognize from some of the world’s most successful blockbuster films. Their inspirational words light up the internet when they are invited to deliver commencement speeches for big-name universities. For graduates, it is a moment to reflect on years of hard work and prepare for the next chapter — the commencement of their adult lives.

Here are ten of the best graduation speeches, with selected quotes, from Hollywood’s elite, including Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Helen Mirren, Jim Carrey, and Natalie Portman. Their words are thought-provoking, funny, heartfelt, and pack a motivational punch.

Jim Carrey — Maharishi International University


What it’s like to be diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis — from someone who has been there

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Emmy award-winning actor, Christina Applegate, has revealed she has Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The Dead to Me star made the announcement via her Twitter account.

A short verse about time — why you don’t have to ‘me time’ alone

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I always thought of ‘me time,’ as time to feed my soul.
If only I could find the time, I’d fill that empty hole.

I worked and juggled tasks all day and did my best to cope.
But time was never on my side, and ‘me time’ lost all hope.

Until one day, it hit me. So simple, yet so true.
I needn’t feed my soul with scraps; time’s leftovers won’t do.

So now I ‘me time’ every day, in every moment too.
No longer do I split my time. It’s all for me — and you.

You might be…

And why women who support women are successful

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There is something kind of wonderful about men who treat women as equals. They are the men who don’t feel they have anything to prove. Nor do they think every conversation with a woman is an opportunity to get horizontal. They are the good guys. Friendly, charming, engaging, empathetic; they display certain confidence, not cockiness. And it’s downright sexy.

In the workplace, these men show support by valuing the opinions of their female colleagues; they include them in discussions and give credit and praise where it’s due. You can spot them easily on social media. They are the guys who…

What I learned from watching all of the MasterClass writers, including Margaret Atwood, James Patterson, and Neil Gaiman

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In 2015, MasterClass launched with only three instructors. Today, it is one of the world’s most popular online learning platforms. For budding writers, MasterClass offers an abundance of information. Twenty of today’s best writers present classes ranging from two-and-a-half hours to eight hours (Aaron Sorkin) duration. In total, over 80-hours of writing insights.

Twelve months ago, I took the plunge and signed up for the annual subscription. I can now say, it was money well spent. Here is an introduction to each of the writers and a little of what I learned from each:

Aaron Sorkin on writer’s block

Aaron Sorkin is a playwright turned…

Medium has given me something far more valuable

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Sometimes, when we’re terrified of embracing our true calling, we’ll pursue a shadow calling instead. That shadow career is a metaphor for our real career. Its shape is similar, its contours feel tantalizingly the same. But a shadow career entails no real risk. If we fail at a shadow career, the consequences are meaningless to us.

Those words are from Stephen Pressfield’s book Turning Pro. They have haunted me since I first read them almost a decade ago.

The ‘shadow career’ is part of what Pressfield calls the amateur life, that period of time before we turn pro. As the…

Just get on with it

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Do we really need to have a purpose in life? What happened to those positive affirmations of the 80s and 90s? — I am worthy, and I am enough. Nowadays, it seems that ‘being’ is not enough. We need to have a reason for being as well — a higher purpose.

Life purpose is said to be the driving force that makes us want to get out of bed in the morning. But what if we don’t have a higher purpose for getting out of bed? …

Belinda Lee

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