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Hello! My name is Samantha, but I mostly go by Sam. I’m 30 years old, and I live in Clawson, Michigan. I grew up in Clinton Township with my parents and my younger sister, Abby. My sister and I are almost 7 years apart, so when we were younger, we were not the greatest of friends. However, now that we can go out and drink wine (white claws) together, we are soulmates.

I met my husband Josh when we were about 16 years old, but due to life, poor choices…

Mental health issues may seem to run in your family, but you are capable of breaking the cycle.

Woman with anxiety clutching her chest
Woman with anxiety clutching her chest
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Every family has their dysfunctions, some dysfunctions are just more on display than others. Serious issues like abuse and addiction are hard to ignore, but mental health issues can be a silent dysfunction, especially if your family doesn’t typically engage in open and honest discussions about difficult emotions. You may not realize it, but there is no doubt that your parents, and their parents before them, have influenced the decisions you’ve made in your life. It’s like a secret trickle down effect. Some mental health issues don’t technically “run in the family,” they’re simply the effect of actions and reactions…

SEO and keywords are key to making your business visible.

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I don’t know about you, but SEO is the LAST thing I want to worry about when I’m trying to build a business, BUT keywords are so important to implement in order to make your website visible. Search engine optimization, or SEO, is the process of improving the quality and quantity of website traffic to your page from search engines. The details of website SEO can be complicated, but keywords are an easy way to boost your ranking with Google. …

You are not alone

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Anxiety sucks, and everyone experiences it differently. For some, anxiety comes in waves of nausea and heart palpitations when presented with a difficult task or social situation. For others, symptoms are more constant and severe, like chest pain, panic attacks, or unpleasant and uncontrollable thoughts.

However you experience your anxiety, just know that you’re not alone. Anxiety disorders are skyrocketing in the U.S. with 18% of the population diagnosed per year (source), and that number only reflects those that have been diagnosed by a doctor.

The good news is, there are simple ways to cope with your anxiety. Of course…

I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, and I’m 30

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I’ve had a lot of jobs. Like a lot. I was never one of those lucky people who came out of the womb knowing what they wanted to do in life. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, and I’m 30.

Since graduating college with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature in 2012, I’ve been a retail worker, a substitute teacher, a data entry specialist, a researcher, a mystery shopper, a swim instructor, a massage therapist, and finally…

Having difficult but necessary conversations

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Climate change is a critical issue on the ballot for the 2020 presidential election. It is perhaps the most important issue (as living on Mars isn’t a thing yet) and it isn’t getting the attention it deserves amongst older voters. If you’re like most informed millennials, you’re probably aware of the ignorance of our current administration, and you’re planning to vote for a candidate who believes in science and will take action to give future generations a better shot.

Also like many millennials, your parents may be on a different page than you politically. Most…

It’s time to embrace the body positivity movement

powerful and beautiful woman holding balloons
powerful and beautiful woman holding balloons
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Women are amazing. Our bodies can do so many incredible things, so it’s heartbreaking to hear friends say things like, “Ugh, I hate how big my thighs are,” or, “I just want to lose, like, 20 pounds and then I’ll be happy.” I’m not saying these negative thoughts never cross my mind, or that you can completely eliminate them from yours.

Unfortunately, due to the media-heavy society we were raised by, and this constant lust for the perfect Instagram body, we all have negative thoughts about ourselves while scrolling through social media…

Samantha Lynn

Copywriter, Editor, Lifelong Learner Samantha-Lynn.com

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