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Nicole Alinea
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Have you ever been called sensitive?

If so, your reaction will have a lot to do with your view of the word. If you think “sensitive” is another word for weak or thin-skinned, you won’t be happy. If you associate “sensitive” with thoughtfulness, empathy, awareness and creative thinking, you may feel complimented.

But communication is a two-way street. Even if you have a positive view of the word “sensitive”, that does not mean that it can’t be used against you.

It’s not that they told a rude joke at your expensive. You’re just too sensitive. It’s not that they slammed…


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Who are these people who can simply quit their jobs?

That was my first thought after reading a recent Bloomberg article about employees are quitting their jobs rather than giving up working from home as the pandemic recedes in some parts of the world.

Sure, it’s important to acknowledge that we always have options. Someone who wants to work from home can seek a job that allows remote work. Others can opt for early retirement. While still others can start (and have started) their own companies and freelance careers during the pandemic.

Let’s not forget those who lost their jobs…


The sneaky way we let adulting steal our progress

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“People never grow up, they just learn how to act in public.” ― Bryan White

Were you the kid with a million ideas? Me too. I had plans for businesses, novels, TV shows, artwork, products and inventions.

I even knew how to solve problems, from the greatest issues of our day to my need for a pair of roller skates.

My parents refused to buy the skates. Something about my EasyBake Oven collecting dust and how money doesn’t grow on trees.

I made dozens of attempts to build my own skates…


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“It’s not about changing “them,” it’s about healing YOU.”
― Shannon Tanner, Worthy: The POWER of Wholeness

In a recent Dear Abby column titled Girlfriend of 20 Years Takes a Stand, a woman asked what she should do about her longtime boyfriend.

The woman had told her boyfriend that she would no longer perform “wifely duties” since she wasn’t his wife. Her boyfriend got upset.

The woman asked Abby if she should give her boyfriend an ultimatum, to which Abigail Van Buren replied, “I think you already have!”

Suppose the ultimatum works. The couple gets married. The girlfriend would have…


A brief history of sports fans throwing stuff

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I hope that no one ever heckles you because they didn’t like how you wrote a report, served a meal, cleaned a floor or conducted a meeting. I equally hope that on your worst work day, a day when you made a mistake or had a bad attitude, no one decides to toss a bottle at you.

It’s been a week since a 21-year old man was arrested and accused of throwing a water bottle at Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving. According to reporting by NBA.com, the man was released on $500…


Even if history, culture and your loved ones say otherwise

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You mention that the plot had too many holes, your friend tells you that you just didn’t follow the movie.

You say it looks like rain, your spouse says it’s just a few clouds.

You remind your manager that without her feedback the team will miss their deadline, to which she responds that you are overstressed.

Most of the time these exchanges are innocent. They are simple clashes of opinion that don’t amount to much.

But there are other times when you are robbed of the right to your own…


Discover the barriers to your best life and knock them down…

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Finally, after all these years, I have a consistent exercise routine. It weighed on me, literally and figuratively, for too long. I knew that if I worked out, I would look better, feel better, think better and move better. Despite the many benefits of exercise, and the consequences of inaction, I made minimal progress year after year.

Why was change so difficult?

I started out well enough. …


Do This Instead

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Have you written a letter to your younger self? My hats off to you.

I’ve started and stopped such letters more than I care to admit. For reasons, I wish were not true of me.

I gave up writing to my 15-year-old self because that girl knew it all. She would not have listened.

I gave up writing to my 20-year-old self, too. That young woman recognized that she didn’t know everything. But between college, two jobs, volunteer work, and complicated relationships, she would have been too exhausted to catch those pearls of wisdom.

I gave up…


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If this dream be a
house of cards
send a forceful wind…
but send it tomorrow

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Nicole Alinea

Freelance writer and sucker for personal development content, documentaries and seasoned pretzels. https://twitter.com/TheNicoleAlinea

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