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Most teenagers on the cusp of twenty would be thrilled and excited at the idea of venturing out to other countries on their own, especially with very little adult supervision, but I was initially a reluctant traveler. Traveling and studying abroad was actually made “mandatory” to me by my undergraduate college’s requirements through various “immersive
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Nobody sabotages their own progress in life because they dislike themselves, because they have low self-esteem, because they aren’t smart enough or capable enough or worthy enough. Self-sabotage is an act of self-love. When we hold ourselves back from acting on our best ideas, when we continually spend time with people we know aren’t positive
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By Callie Byrnes Updated September 27, 2023 Thought Catalog Agency By Callie Byrnes Updated September 27, 2023 Thought Catalog Agency I’m not 30 yet, but it feels like I have been for a while. The friends I’d gone to school with for years are finally starting to celebrate the big three-zero, and I’ve always seen
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Aries- The Hard Worker “It’s been phenomenal, but everybody keeps congratulating me on my resurgence and my big comeback. I haven’t been away, guys. I’ve been working steadily for the last 63 years.” Taurus- Just Here For A Good Time “I’m a health nut. My favorite food is hot dogs with French fries. And my
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It’s difficult being the girl who feels “too much” in a world where logic trumps feelings. It’s a constant battle to either quiet your feelings or scare people away. We all do it, some more than others—we hide our hearts to protect them from shattering. We feel “I love you,” but say “that’s great.” We
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Stop waiting until tomorrow to start pursuing your dreams. There’s no reason to wait when you can take the first step toward your goals today. Remember, you’re allowed to start small. You don’t have to take a huge, life-changing leap. You can take minuscule (but necessary) steps toward a brighter future. And you can start
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Keep going, even when you doubt whether you have what it takes to make it through another day. You’ve had that thought before and you were wrong. You proved you were capable of making it through the unimaginable. You surprised yourself then, and you’re going to surprise yourself again. You’re going to keep moving forward,
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I’m turning 29 this week. This last revolution around the sun has felt like a long one. It may be the isolation of a pandemic or the arduous process of becoming more myself in this isolation. Right now, I know that there’s a massive shift happening, carrying me from my twenties to my thirties in
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I want you to sparkle. To stop denying yourself beauty for the sake of practicality or intelligence. We must reclaim beauty for what it truly is—life essence dropped carefully, shared spontaneously, drank in eagerly, appreciated reverently. A wanting for life and its courageous glory is what wakes us, keeps the heart beating. You cannot tell
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Think about your life and what you have accomplished thus far. Recall the places you have been and the memories you have had the opportunity to create. Reminisce on the friends you have grown up with and have over time distanced from. Now, think about the friends who you have met and grown to love
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Go somewhere that reminds you of your biggest dreams, the ones that brightened your young eyes, filled your heart to the brim with passion and excitement. Remember those dreams? The ones that you kept tucked away from the world while you were trying to be what others wanted you to be? Oh, how the world
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I use this sentence often: “Don’t forget to breathe.“ Whether I’m suggesting it to others or reminding myself, it’s a daily occurrence. I mean, how strange is this? A reminder to breathe? To do that thing we are meant to do to keep us alive? That thing that is supposed to be instinctive? Yep, pretty
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