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Megan Holstein

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If you’re an entrepreneur who’s founding their first company, networking events seem like a godsend. Important and well-connected people are gathering in a public place and issuing an open invitation for you, an unknown entrepreneur, to join in on all the fun? Sign me up!

Networking events also have the added benefit of being a lot more fun than sitting in the office, hunched over the computer, working for 10 hours straight. …

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These are my little life hacks for keeping my home clean

If you’re anything like me, you like reading about cleanliness because you love learning neat little tricks that will help your life run a little more smoothly. If that’s you, here are ten tips that might help you keep your house a little more clean.

#1: Designate a Place for Everything

Some people’s idea of cleaning is “shoving things in drawers, cabinets, and under-bed containers until the room looks clean from the outside.” They may designate a loose theme for drawers, like “cables” or “office supplies,” but will not organize any further than that. …

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One Redditor’s unique outlook on productivity may make your dreams come true

Anyone who’s used the internet (and Reddit in particular) is aware that much of the internet is a valueless wasteland. But every so often, you stumble along a gem, submitted by an anonymous stranger seven years ago that has the answers to every question you asked.

The No More Zero Days post by /u/ryans01 is one of those posts. His post was in response to a Redditor who was depressed, feeling bad about themselves, and didn’t know what to do to make their life better.

Ouch. Sounds like you’re having a tough time max. That sucks. I’ve been there, so…

They spend money without asking themselves why

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I’m just going to say it. Most people waste a lot of their money. You probably do too.

Here are the three reactions I expect people to have to this statement, based on how people have reacted to me when I say it in real life:

  • Some people who become enraged. They say “Excuse me? I waste my money? Have you even seen how I spend my money? Have you seen the situation I’m in? How dare you! I couldn’t build savings if I tried!”
  • Some people who openly admit this is true. …

Work for free until you’re so good you don’t have to

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Most people tend to treat those who do what they love for a living as having struck the career lottery. They say things like “Wow” and “That’s so awesome” and “I wish I could do that.”

They never seem to realize they can do that.

Running a business doing something you love isn’t like winning the career lottery. It’s like running a marathon: it’s a goal you can set, and an achievable one at that. Plenty of people set a goal to run a marathon and find themselves doing just that only a year or two later.

And like training…

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A minimalist’s guide to keeping your email inbox empty

Email is one heck of a problem these days. I’ve read hundreds of productivity books, written hundreds of productivity articles, and spent three years as a productivity writer, and I have only just figured out a system that allows me to keep my email inbox under control.

You don’t have to read hundreds of productivity books and try out all kinds of productivity solutions. I’m sharing the system I developed over years of hard work with you in one article.

It took me years of tinkering, but it should only take you from an hour to one week (depending on…

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The racism should be obvious, but for some reason it’s not

When it comes to racial tensions in the US today, I’m not tremendously woke. I’m never up-to-date about the latest police brutality killings, I am mostly unaware of what is and isn’t a microaggression, and there are plenty of things that people call “racist” today that I’m not sure actually are. But even I can see that getting married in a plantation house is a racist thing to do.

Why would you even want to get married in a plantation house? Plantation homes were slavery-run businesses where destitute and trafficked humans worked the fields while their captors and overlords sat…

Every minute you spend praying is a minute you could be taking action.

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When I was religious, I spent a lot of time praying. It gave me great comfort. Whenever I received news of a global tragedy, whenever someone close to me suffered hurt I could not mitigate, or whenever unavoidable suffering struck me personally, I would fervently pray. Prayer was my way of taking action when I felt there was no action I could take.

I’m not a believer anymore, so I’ve stopped praying. Now, in the moments where I would pray, I only feel empty grief.

It’s only in the absence of my prayers that I understand the role they played…

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If you put on makeup because you think you look terrible without it, you‘re wrong

Makeup has always bothered me on principle. There are a few reasons for this:

  1. People put on makeup in the hopes of looking good, but ultimately, makeup is bad for your skin and will over the long run make you look worse.
  2. People sometimes spend as much as an hour a day putting on makeup. If that hour was spent on exercise instead of makeup, their appearance would be much more dramatically affected for the better, and they would get to enjoy the myriad benefits of good health.
  3. Cheap makeup shows its cheap quality, and good makeup is expensive as…

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The lazy person’s guide to keeping your house clean

I’m a tidy person now, but for most of my life, I was absolutely not. Through my high school years and my early twenties, I kept my clothes on the floor (and they rarely got washed). Trash ended up in the trash bag only when I was bagging it up to take it out on trash day. I would let dirty dishes sit out for weeks before pulling myself together and washing them.

That’s not the case anymore. Just the other day, my own mother (the same mother who scolded me for leaving dirty dishes out when I was young)…

Megan Holstein

Personal growth writer & author ✺ seeking truth ✺

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