Reading Time: 2 minutes Singer-songwriter, 18-year-old Billie Eilish, took home five Grammys, including Record of the Year and Best New Artist, at the 62nd Grammy Awards ceremony in which Kobe Bryant, the NBA basketball player who died the day before, was memorialized. The pre-telecast ceremony began with a moment of silence for Bryant and late rapper, Nipsey Hussle.
Eilish won Album of the Year for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” and Record of the Year for “Bad Guy” – the two most dominant categories of the Grammy Awards – on January 27 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Black Friday is a beloved American ‘holiday’ that has now become a global trend that allows consumers to go on a shopping spree without breaking the bank. Whether you’re hoping to upgrade to a new phone or buy Christmas gifts, here’s how to approach Black Friday and Cyber Monday like a pro.
Go beyond the headlines…
– How do you avoid the crowds?
– What shouldn’t you buy on Black Friday?
– What should you buy instead on this beloved holiday?
Reading Time: 4 minutes The fashion industry is one of the main culprits of pollution and carbon emissions. It produces 20% of global wastewater and 10% of global carbon emissions, according to the UN Environment. The numbers are stark: it takes 2 700 liters of water to produce a single cotton T-shirt and around 7 500 liters of water to create a typical pair of jeans.
If you’re concerned about the sustainability of fast fashion, buying and selling pre-loved fashion is a great way to still look chic without further damaging the planet. Pre-loved clothes are usually cheaper than brand new items, which is a great way to save money as well.
Here is everything you need to know on, where to find quality pre-loved fashion and how to find quality items.
Reading Time: 5 minutes At first glance, digital nomads may look like they have the dream job. They travel around the world and work remotely from a beach, plane, or alpine resort with the help of digital tools. They’re never stuck with the 9 – 5, which allows them to visit exotic places and experience new things every day.
These were the “pros” I had in mind when I first started working as a digital nomad three years ago. I soon found out that there’s no such thing as a dream job and that being a digital nomad (as with any other job) comes with its own set of challenges.
If you are hoping to become a digital nomad, here are a few survival tips on:
1) How to find work as a digital nomad
2) Insurance, taxes, and other adult problems
3) Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
Reading Time: 3 minutes Molly’s Game, a 2017 film by award-winning director Aaron Sorkin, depicts the true story of a young American woman who founded “…the Most Exclusive, High-Stakes Underground Poker Game in the World.” Sorkin adapted the screenplay from a book by the same title, written by the woman herself – Molly Bloom.
Bloom’s rise from the depths offers plenty of lessons in determination, self-awareness, “owning it” and learning from past mistakes.
“I have been hugely successful at times in my life, and I have also been in ruins. But the lessons I learned on the way up were just as valuable on the way down.”
Reading Time: 6 minutes Recently, Dinocrates Group announced its acquisition of Global Management Systems, Inc. (GMSI), a networking and communications company. GMSI handled communication network systems for some of the most secure organizations in the world, such as the US Department of Defense.
Our reporter spoke with Hilton Augustine Jr., the fascinating figure behind GSMI, about his journey. Augustine’s thoughtful answers show how that journey has been shaped by his unique combination of relentless drive and simple joy in taking life as it comes.
Reading Time: 3 minutes As busy individuals with hardly any time to reflect on what we do, we can easily become slaves to our habits.
The Society for Personality and Social Psychology has found that “about 40 percent of people’s daily activities are performed each day in almost the same situations,” without conscious thought.
But let’s just say that you feel a need to reconsider how you’re currently living and working, and perhaps modify your existing habits. Well, here is your opportunity to harness your power to change by using some time-tested adages and quotes to guide yourself in the right direction.
Dream big, work hard, stay focused and surround yourself with good people. – Anonymous
Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you. – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court Justice
Reading Time: 4 minutes WSF Group was an early mover into the metal recycling industry, at a time when few saw its potential. That industry is now forecasted to be worth USD 406.16 Billion by 2020.
In 2017, WSF was reborn as Majestic Corporation, a forward-thinking company poised to capitalize on the booming recycling market in this age of short-lived devices.
Our reporter met and spoke with Peter Lai, the man behind Majestic Corp, about his past, present and future. The interview provided a window into the rapid-fire, seemingly random inner workings of a man who never slows down.
Reading Time: 3 minutes At 24 years old, Halsey is one of the world’s hottest young singer-songwriters. After posting self-published songs on social media, she quickly rose to stardom, soon releasing her major-label debut album and touring with larger acts.
Halsey isn’t just another pop star, however. Aside from being one of the world’s most recognizable faces, she is a prominent activist for gender and racial equality, climate change action, mental health awareness and LGBT rights. And she’s not afraid to pick fights with the powerful.
“People are so afraid to talk about real things, but they’re experiences that everyone goes through.”
“I’m a human, and I’m multidimensional. If I was the perfect form of anything, I’d be boring. If I was a free spirit all the time, I would be boring; I would lack depth. If I was dark and enigmatic all the time, then I would lack relatability.”
Reading Time: 6 minutes America’s startups showed the way for innovative companies around the world, or at least it seemed that way from thousands of miles away where I grew up. Desperate to experience a bit of that excitement, I decided to take the plunge and live the startup life.
The first six months or so were pretty anticlimactic. But when things started moving, they moved very, very fast. Unfortunately, the situation didn’t progress in our favor.
Here are my key takeaways from my time working at a failing startup.
1) Keep your eyes peeled and listen to your intuition.
2) No matter how bright you are, you can never do it alone.
3) You can have the best people with the brightest minds, but decisions are still made by the person who owns the company.
4) Someone better know how to manage finances – and that person should be the founder, or hold equal power to the founder.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Recently, popstar Camila Cobello was snapped on the beach by paparazzi and passersby. Soon after, she was slammed in the media for having cellulite and being “too fat”. But cellulite is so normal – a reported 85% of women over the age of 21 have it.
Even though cellulite is made up of fat deposits, it isn’t necessarily related to being fat.
That said, managing your weight and making a few other healthy lifestyle choices might significantly reduce the appearance of cellulite. And there’s no reason to feel bad about wanting to try.
Here are some tips:
1) Drink more water
2) Brush and exfoliate your skin
3) Eat well
4) Stress less
5) Move around – doesn’t have to be intense, don’t worry!
Reading Time: 2 minutes Recently, Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie spoke out about the inequalities women endure around the world today. She also shared some advice she gives her daughters on how to become strong and magnificent women, in spite of all the obstacles placed in their way.
“In my work, I travel often to countries where I know that if I were a citizen there, my beliefs and actions as a woman could land me in jail or expose me to physical danger…”
“I often tell my daughters that the most important thing they can do is to develop their minds. You can always put on a pretty dress, but it doesn’t matter what you wear on the outside if your mind isn’t strong. There is nothing more attractive—you might even say enchanting—than a woman with an independent will and her own opinions.”
Reading Time: 4 minutes We all have that friend who is always just so on top of life. Every single event is recorded in her calendar, and she’s always 15 minutes early to everything, always put together, just always “on”.
They amaze us, but these friends also cause us mini panic attacks when it comes time to buy them gifts. Finding something that will meet their expectations and that they’ll actually like seems a little … daunting, to put it mildly.
So when it’s time to get a gift for that friend, here are a few ideas to make her day without driving yourself crazy!
Reading Time: 6 minutes In September 2018, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified to the US Senate that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. Responding to her testimony and to the #MeToo movement, President Donald Trump stated that it is “a very scary time for young men in America.”
Well, I am an American cisgender, heterosexual male, and I am not afraid. Here’s why:
1) I have seen how women are pressured to remain silent.
2) I understand that women are people. Completely. Really.
3) I keep things in perspective.
4) I want my life to matter.
Reading Time: 3 minutes You might love Amazon for giving you 24-hour delivery of the toilet paper your roommate was supposed to buy last week, or hate it for driving your cute local supermarket out of business.
Either way, the flagship company of Jeff Bezos has in some way influenced your day-to-day life.
Here’s a brief look at the surprising history of Amazon, along with a peek inside the mind of the man behind the empire:
“The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’”
“We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.”
Reading Time: 4 minutes Gender identity debates and campaigns get a lot of attention from news outlets these days. LBGTQ activists passionately voice their demands for recognition and rights across social media platforms, and critics respond with equal passion.
Sadly, just like with every other current debate, misconceptions abound.
Here is our attempt to puncture the most rapidly spreading gender identity myths:
1) The gender of all human newborns is easy to identify
2) Gender fluidity and non-binary gender are new ideas
3) Gender is a simple matter of XX or XY chromosomes
4) Gender identity is connected to sexual preference
5) Only tomboys and effeminate males resist traditional gender identities
Reading Time: 7 minutes In May 2019, the World Health Organization officially listed workplace burnout as a medical syndrome. The health risks are real, so it’s critical to learn how to get your mind back in balance:
2) Get organized
3) Get some fresh air, rehydrate and breathe deeply
4) Arrange time to talk with a family member, friend or therapist
5) Exercise, stretch or do some yoga
6) Take a mental health day
Reading Time: 4 minutes We constantly ask our friends, our doctors and above all our bot overlords, “How much sleep do I need, actually?”
The problem is that no one else really knows how your body and mind feel. Fortunately, we can learn how to decide for ourselves how many zzz’s we need!
If your energy is low and you get hungry a lot, you might not be sleeping enough. However, if you wake up with little energy even after sleeping longer than you usually do, you might be sleeping too much for your body.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Am I an introvert or an extrovert?
Even if you know the answer, do you know what these two terms really mean?
Maybe other people have told you all your life that you’re one or the other (as people love to do). However, like many popular web threads, the talk about these personality types is full of assumptions and misconceptions, such as:
1) You must be either one or the other.
2) You can’t sit somewhere in the middle.
3) Switching between the two modes is simple.
4) Introverts aren’t cut out to be speakers.
5) Extroverts love small talk.
Reading Time: 3 minutes They range from some of the world’s most famous artists and entertainers to fighters who transformed their suffering into global empires. And all of these women have a lot to say.
Here are just a few of their simple reminders that can transform our hours, days, months, and sometimes even our lives:
“Don’t play a supporting role in your own life.” – Robin Roberts
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey
Reading Time: 5 minutes Recently, the Netflix hit “Knock Down the House” gave us a behind-the-scenes look at AOC’s improvised political operation. One very memorable and personal scene shows Ocasio-Cortez giving herself a positive energy pep talk before a critical political debate.
By verbalizing subconscious habits of thought like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, you can exert control over your own mind. Rather than letting self-defeating thoughts run rampant, you will learn to channel your brain’s energy towards the positive outcome you want.
Tips for effective self-talk:
1) Think about all the people who would like to see you succeed.
2) Refer to yourself in the third person.
3) Believe in what you are saying!
Reading Time: 6 minutes A fellow introvert shares her secrets to flourishing in a work world dominated by extroverts:
Tip 1: Relationship building doesn’t only happen in large groups.
Tip 2: Schedule alone time every day.
Tip 3: Find the activity that helps you unwind quickly.
Tip 4: Use your natural listening abilities.
Tip 5: Learn how to tame that socially uncomfortable voice.
Tip 6: Find a polite conversation ender.
Reading Time: 2 minutes From a rocket-like rise to the top to the Nasty Gal bankruptcy that wiped out her personal fortune … from a huge social media following to multiple lawsuits for trademark infringement and discrimination … Sophia Amoruso has definitely experienced her share of ups and downs.
Now she’s back, with her sights set on bringing down a giant. She’s taking on Linkedin with a women-focused professional networking platform, Girlboss Collective.