Lifelines I keep on hand for long shifts in front of the computer screen.

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The world is fast-approaching our one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. This time last year, we bid adieu to our well-stocked, ergonomic offices as we prepared to work from home for what we thought would be a couple of weeks.

Now, here we are a year later, many of us working from childhood homes, kitchen counters, or a variety of other less-than-ideal workspaces. This long-term shift of our way of life has undoubtedly come with a lot of negative side effects, with back pain topping the charts as one of the biggest complaints doctors are hearing from their patients.

The…

DD+ swimwear options that make you look and feel your best.

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Swimsuit season is approaching us once again. And with experts feeling optimistic about summer returning to a near-normal, I have started day-dreaming about the warmer, more-vaccinated days ahead.

One thing I have to say I don’t love about summer?

Swimsuit shopping.

Swimsuit shopping has been my most-dreaded activity and ultimate summer struggle for years! This may not seem like such a bad thing to most people, but unless you can easily determine your perfect fit among the unspecific and varying “Small, Medium, Large” sizing, it can be defeating.

When you type in “full bust swimwear” or “bathing suits by bra…

Can an app inspire you towards more money and fewer health problems?

Original photo by Gabby-K via Pexels; Athlete graphic by the author using Canva.

If you are like most people, it can be difficult to stay consistent with regular exercise.

One in three adults in high-income countries fails to meet the World Health Organization’s physical activity recommendation to engage in 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week.

Sure, we know that exercise is crucial to our overall health and wellness, and includes benefits like weight maintenance, decreased risk of health conditions and diseases, and improved sleep and mood. So why do so many people struggle to find motivation? And what can be done to finally motivate us?

I may have found the answer.

Why Can’t We Get Motivated?

“Just because we carry it well — doesn't mean it’s not heavy.”

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I read a statistic the other day that shocked me:

People with type 1 diabetes are making roughly 300 more decisions per day than someone without type 1.

300 decisions! On top of everything else we are worried about these days (pandemics, record-breaking storms, adjusting to remote work), that is a lot of decisions for one person in one day.

As someone who has been living with T1D for the past 15+ years now, I can personally say I have been feeling the burnout increase in recent months.

So, what does diabetes burnout look like? And how can a loved…

Can consumers really change the type of products that are produced?

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Consumer choice is an interesting element in regard to the media and the market; lines blur between the concept of the “free” market and how free consumers really are to choose the way they are consuming products. However, the system works in a way that the industry is constantly looking for opportunities for consumers to desire and rely upon their products.

When consumers decide that a product is not working in the way they desire, or if consumers begin to question the dependability of a brand name, those who make the products must react accordingly.

What’s the Big Deal?

In recent years, one of…

Overworking from home — to the tune of Dolly Parton’s 1980s classic.

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There is no denying that each year’s Superbowl ads reflect recent events in American culture, and Squarespace certainly has the right idea.

Ad via Youtube

The idea of necessary a side hustle is far from nuanced, especially during a global pandemic that has caused an estimated “49 million new claims for unemployment benefits.”

Add in America’s sweetheart and national treasure, Dolly Parton (who was praised worldwide this year for her $1 million donation to help fund the Moderna vaccine), and the ad is sure to gain traction with its audience.

However, those lucky enough to have maintained their employment during…

Business

“Good things happen to those who hustle.” — Anais Nin

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I was never a person who had an interest in personal finance. I am a creative person, a word person. Math? Not my strong suit. So, I avoided any classes throughout high school and college with any inkling of a label of finance, economy, and the least appealing yet — the Stock Market.

However, as a recent college graduate, I have somehow become actually interested in getting a grip on my financial health.

The English and Communications major in me naturally turned to books on the topic to dip my toe in the water, and many have offered the same…

Taylor Smart

Marketing Coordinator @every_mother. Top writer in Fashion. Creative design is my jam. You can visit my portfolio at https://www.taylorelisesmart.com/.

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