Cynthia

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5 Ultra-Flattering Makeup Looks Minimalists Will Love

Unicorn hair, holographic highlighter, and glitter everything may have been the runaway beauty trends of 2017, but as the saying goes, sometimes less …

Blueberry Yogurt Cake

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat an 8½ -by-4½ -inch loaf pan with nonstick spray; line with parchment and spray …

Dessert

The 9 Steps That Will Help You Learn Anything

Learning new things while maintaining your role as a leader, visionary, and committed worker is challenging, but not impossible.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As an entrepreneur, you’ll be doing a lot of learning -- if you want to be successful, that is. You’ll learn …

7 Incredibly Useful Writing Tips From a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author | Inc.com

Bret Stephens is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who has penned hundreds of oped essays and news columns that have been read by millions of people. He recently joined <i>The New York Times</i> as an oped writer, after a long stint at <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> as one of their most widely read commentators on …

Creative Writing

How to Outline a Chapter

When you read a chapter in a textbook from beginning to end, it’s easy to get swept away in a sea of details and overlook the main ideas. If you’re …

8 Character Development Exercises to Help You Nail Your Character

August 21, 2017 - Perfecting your Craft - 1 Comment<p>Even the most fast-paced, action-driven novels need compelling characters to keep readers engaged. …

Creative Writing

15 Super Simple One-Pot Pastas

You only need one dish to make a game-changing dinner—minimum cleanup, maximum flavor. We combine some of the best dinner flavors—creamy pasta, …

Cooking

Blood, bookworms, bosoms and bottoms: the secret life of libraries

I recently had the privilege of circling the world to write a book about libraries. My timing was excellent: after a short-lived e-books scare, physical books are back in fashion, and libraries are the place to be.<p>My trip was not unlike the pilgrimages made by 18th-century library tourists. On my …

Books

The Library of Congress Makes 25 Million Records From Its Catalog Free to Download

A quick fyi: According to <i>Fortune</i><i>,</i> The Library of Congress announced that it "will make 25 million records from its catalog available for the public …

13 of the best Stephen King short stories you've never read

I haven't managed to read all of Stephen King's novels yet — I'm still working on that — but I <i>have</i> read all of his short stories. All of the …

7 Ideas to Spruce Up Your Teeny Balcony

With spring in full bloom and summer right around the corner, it's hard to resist the allure of the outdoors. Most of us want to soak up as much …

4 Easy Ways to Become a Better Writer

Writing has never been easy, but there are some ways to make it a little easier.<p>No matter how many times you do it, there's something undeniably difficult about writing. You're creating something from nothing--and you add on that the pressure to make something new and unique.<p>When you start writing …

10 free online courses designers should take

If you’re ready to further your design career and grow your business, free online courses are a helpful (and affordable!) way to continue learning on …

Project Management

Sheet Pan Breakfast Ideas That Will Change the Way You Cook

We love sheet pan dinners for their simple prep and cleanup. Weeknight dinners made easy with one pan. What about breakfast? Weekend breakfasts? …

Conquer Your Writing Insecurities With an Editing Tool

Even the best writers need a little help sometimes.<p>Writing is not easy. We so often hear from creative, innovative people that they find it …

This Easy Yoga Routine Burns More Calories Than a 20-Minute Jog

While yoga isn't exactly thought of as a high-intensity workout (unless you're dabbling in Bikram or power yoga), you'd be surprised how many poses …

How to Tell a True Tale: Neil Gaiman on What Makes a Great Personal Story

“The gulf that exists between us as people is that when we look at each other we might see faces, skin color, gender, race, or attitudes, but we don’t see, we can’t see, the stories.”<p><i>“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,”</i> Joan Didion memorably wrote. And perhaps we live in order to tell our …

WaitChatter

2) Do you have chat-related Google Labs items? Using a Google Labs items that changes the appearance of your GChat could interfere with WaitChatter …

11 mental habits to give up if you want to succeed

When we aim to become happy and have a successful outlook, we often focus on getting to the next station in life.<p>Happiness is seemingly always "someday" in the near-distant future — like once we finally land that promotion or find the right partner.<p>I'm a huge proponent of setting new aspirational …

The Shortest, Sweetest Books You Can Read In A Weekend

Between Netflix marathons, the workweek grind, and social cals, we get it. You’re busy. Too busy, perhaps, to crack open that book gathering dust on …

Books

The Broke Person's Guide to Decorating: The Cheapest, Chicest & Most Effective Tricks

Have hardly any money to spend on your home decor? Have NO money to spend on your decor? It might seem impossible to design a home that won't end up …

How to improve anything you write in 2 minutes

Following are the simplest tips I can give you to easily — and forever — improve the quality of your writing.<p>Delete the word "that"<p>The word "that" can be removed from your writing at least 90% of the time, and it will instantly make your sentence stronger.<p><b>Example:</b> "You believe that I'm lying, but …

The Power of Setting Absolutely Huge Goals

On December 31, 2014, Barbara Ortiz was at a low point. The Tucson, Arizona resident had recently been through a divorce, was overweight and had …

10 Outstanding Short Stories To Read in 2017

<i>Below is a guest post from Mumbai-based writer-filmmaker—and longtime #longreads contributor—Pravesh Bhardwaj (@AuteurPravesh).</i><p>I’ve been doing this …

4 Steps To Improving Your Finances In 2017

The New Year brings with it new resolutions for self-improvement. Many people want to improve their personal finances, but don’t know how to achieve their goals. The key to making a meaningful financial improvement is to focus on the process and the things that you can control. Below are some …

Personal Finance

33 Whole30 Lunch Ideas You Can Bring to Work

Healthy Eating

10 Expert Tips To Make 2017 Your Most Productive Year Yet

A one-item to-do list, smarter ways to email, and productive procrastination: We’ve gathered the best ways to get more done this year.<p>There is no one definitive strategy to being productive, and it may take a little trial and error to find what works best for you. But if you’ve resolved to make …

Marcus Aurelius on How to Motivate Yourself to Get Out of Bed in the Morning and Go to Work

“You don’t love yourself enough. Or you’d love your nature too, and what it demands of you.”<p><i>“If we design workplaces that permit people to find meaning in their work, we will be designing a human nature that values work,”</i> psychologist Barry Schwartz wrote in his inquiry into what motivates us to …

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