I Finally Stopped Waiting To Prioritize My Healthiness & Happiness.

 I was an ordinary person who was past the infatuation phase. I was working over 40 hours for my day job, working on my side hustle in my free time, and attempting to have a social life on weekends. That didn't change the fact that it kept getting harder for me to get out of bed every morning. I felt lethargic and unenthused about my days.

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“I let people steal my creative work without consequence. Now I’m fighting to regain control.”

I am a creative. I am unreasonably passionate about the results of my creative process, and that’s never going to change. I couldn’t change that if I wanted to. I try to temper that passion with a business-minded approach to life, a thorough daily task list, and a disciplined schedule. It helps me to work fairly consistently as a full time entrepreneur and freelancer. It allows me to channel my creative energy into creating sustainable working habits. It will never temper the intense emotions I associate with the ideas that I choose to bring to life.

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Nigel D speaks on his globe-trotting lifestyle, career plot twists, and black travel blogger life

Nigel Degraff has visited a grand total of 33 countries, but he grew up in the notorious Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn. He spends the majority of his time creating content around his experiences with cultural festivals and exotic destinations around the world, but his first foray into content creation was through the creation of a hip-hop blog called RealTalkNY. Clearly, his life is all about plot twists.I spoke to Nigel about how he transitioned between very different creative hustles, obstacles he had to overcome in the process, and some of the coolest experiences he’s had as a world traveler.

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I quit my job to chase my dreams. I almost gave up on myself in the process.

Delving into the details of your lowest points is difficult, but extremely cathartic. It's a level of vulnerability that I've been afraid to embrace for my entire life. Facades can be temporarily comforting. I instinctively hide behind them, even as I attempt to use my experiences to help others as a coach. With this story, I'm starting to fully embrace every detail of my journey - even the things that I was afraid to admit, before. I'm still a bit afraid, but am deciding to push through that. 

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Olympic bronze medalist Ashley Spencer talks about the exceptional mentality that she uses to conquer life's hurdles

Ashley Spencer displayed remarkable perseverance and mental toughness en route to winning the bronze medal in the Women's 400m hurdles at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. She employed a similar level of perseverance to overcome the many obstacles that she faced along her journey as a collegiate and professional athlete. Her story is amazing, and the conversation I had with Ashley about her mentality, experiences, and plans for the future is very inspirational for those of us seeking to achieve exceptional results, even if our goals don't involve an Olympic podium.

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I Quit My Day Job Six Months Ago. Here's What I Learned.

I quit my day job six months ago. It's been a crazy period in my life. I'm still not where I want to be financially, or professionally. That being said, I've made it through a period of my life that I was scared to embark upon for years, until a negative experience in the corporate world forced me to jump into the unknown on my own terms before I got fired. I've learned a few important things since I left my job that I intend to carry with me for the rest of my life. 

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Sunni And The City of WPGC 95.5 speaks on perseverance, social media authenticity, and philanthropy

If you’re active on the Washington, D.C. social scene, it’s likely that you’ve heard of Sunni And The City. She's a daytime FM radio host, Ciroc brand ambassador, frequent philanthropist, and a social media tour de force. Sunni's bright, bubbly personality and polished delivery is a great fit for the high profile nature of her work, and her life, but her path to success was anything but glamorous. Learn more in the interview that follows.

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#OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign (@ReignOfApril) talks networking and sparking change through social media

April Reign has used Twitter to spark a national call for diversity via the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, meet Black Thought of The Roots, and built an interactive worldwide audience. Read our conversation to pick up April's perspective on networking, sparking change through social media, and much more.

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25 Powerful Ways To 'Make Email Great Again'

Your email inbox could be in a better state. Things might feel too cluttered. You're tired of scrolling past newsletters you probably never subscribed to. You deserve to see more of the things you actually want to see in your inbox. Email is supposed to be a tool that works for you, but if you're not careful it can work against you. Let’s talk about 25 Ways To #MakeEmailGreatAgain. 

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