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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. …

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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…

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…

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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…

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. …

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…

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…

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…

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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.

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