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Teacher at heart with a special interest in law, fitness, health, and writing. An all-around nerd who likes to experiment with new things.

Every birthday doesn’t have to have cake and ice cream.

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Since today is my birthday, I thought it would be fun to research and share some unusual ways to celebrate your birthday. I found quite a few interesting ones that go beyond giving presents, eating cake, and singing “Happy Birthday.”

Why is it important to celebrate birthdays?

As we get older, some of us don’t like to celebrate birthdays because they remind us that we are getting older. But birthdays should be celebrated no matter how old you are because they give you a day to feel special and see how much everyone around you loves you. …

Recognizing them is how you start dealing with them.

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Since you can choose how you think about yourself and those around you, you can decide how to respond to difficult events. Not identifying your emotions can put physical stress on your body. It can affect your blood pressure, memory, and self-esteem, according to this article. For example, if you’re angry at someone and don’t realize it, you could encourage an emotional outburst.

Identifying your feelings helps you make better choices. You can choose to talk to someone about how you’re feeling about what happened instead of eating unhealthy foods or using recreational drugs.

Your feelings can also tell you…

I would love to work as an in-house writer. I've actually been looking for all kinds of writing positions (both in-house and freelance) on Indeed, but would really prefer an in-house writer position because of the stability. Thanks for the info, I'll definitely be taking some of your advice.

Because the large muscles in your body aren’t the only ones that matter.

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We know how important it is to exercise the large muscles of our body, like our arms, shoulders, and legs. We don’t usually think about the smaller muscles in the fingers and hands. But if you use your hands and fingers a lot for typing or working on creative projects, it’s important to do hand and finger exercises. Performing these exercises can help decrease pain and increase strength and range of motion.

Please note, most exercises can be performed every day unless the instructions say otherwise.

Make a Fist

This exercise helps strengthen your hands and fingers, increase how far you can move…

Because eventually, all writing goes stale

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You love to write. You’ve written every day for years. But lately, you’ve gotten bored with your writing, and the quality of your work isn’t as good as it could be because of it. Your writing has gone stale.

Why does this happen, and what can you do to revive it? There are a few reasons, and several ways you can improve your work. We’ll talk about those in this article.

Why does writing go stale?

If you’re writing about the same topics, in the same way, every day, eventually your writing will go stale. …

Because it takes more than one group to improve education for students.

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When I was growing up, my parents stressed the importance of getting a good education. Though I had some difficulties in school early on, I still worked hard, and my parents helped me with the subjects I had a hard time with, like math and science.

My hard work paid off, and I ended up doing well in middle school, high school, and college. Later, I decided to become a school teacher but didn’t do as well as a school teacher as my mother had.

When I think back to my experience as a student, I realize there are two…

Information in unused cells can be distracting

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If you’ve read some of my previous articles, you know I like to use Google Sheets to track different goals. One thing I hate, though, is seeing information in unused cells, such as when I’m tracking progress to a goal. To me, it’s distracting to see information in cells I’m not using yet. I figured out how to hide unused cells in Google Sheets. I’ll explain how to do it here.

Why would you want to hide information in cells?

If you’re creating a spreadsheet that tracks a decreasing total, you have to copy the formula used to track the total into the total column. However, if you don’t…

Because there’s nothing worse than being distracted when you need to work on something important.

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If you’re a writer, you know how important it is to block out distractions while you write. That can be hard to do when you write on a computer though. There are too many distractions, like Facebook and Twitter. Even Medium can be a distraction if you spend too much time on it.

Luckily, there is a way to block out distractions and spend more time working on the projects that matter to you — use the Cold Turkey app. This article will explain what Cold Turkey is, and how to use it to improve your focus.

What is Cold Turkey?

Cold Turkey is…

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