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The most important sentence before pushing that ‘publish’ button.

Before you publish a post, think about how you want your reader to react when they come across your headline. Do you want them to be excited? Intrigued? Curious? How do you, as an audience, decide when it comes to choosing what you are reading on Medium?

With the amount of information online these days, sometimes we literally only have one chance to draw in a potential reader. Yes, it all comes down to first impressions.

When I first started writing, my articles weren’t grabbing as much attention. But as I kept honing my craft, I took note of what worked for me and what didn’t. …


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The things you need to do to make this goal a reality.

When I was a kid, I always pictured myself living in a beachfront apartment looking over the ocean. I wanted to work in the entertainment industry, work in one of the most expensive cities in the world, and earn a six-figure salary that allowed me to live the life I wanted.

Well, it’s happened. But it took me a long time to get here. 14 years and 36 days, to be exact.

What does the term “six-figures” mean? …


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How to generate an extra $2-$5K per month.

When COVID-19 hit, a lot of our financial situations changed. Whether you lost your job or decided to become better at saving money, having a side hustle is one of the best ways to pay off your debt.

On top of my full-time job, I currently have a few side hustles that have helped grow my retirement savings. Some of them have even started generating passive income.

A good side hustle is flexible and pays well for the work you're providing. However, some require a little bit more commitment than others depending on how much you are planning on making.

Why I Decided To Invest in a Side Hustle

When I decided to quit my stable job 2 years ago, I told myself I was going to pursue what I’ve always to do: work in the entertainment industry. But I knew that it wasn’t just going to fall into my lap. …


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Want to start supporting ethically sourced companies?

In the beauty industry, most companies are surprisingly founded or owned by men. Why? Because women are often less encouraged to step into leadership or entrepreneurial roles. I find this odd considering we, as women, are the main target of beauty products.

This year marks my 15th anniversary in the biz. I’ve worked for a handful of cosmetic companies, both as an associate and as a manager. I’ve met many women like myself who were timid about quitting their jobs and chasing their dreams.

Outside my day job, I began working for myself as a freelance makeup artist. I increased my clientele and broadened my network where I soon was eventually able to set my own prices, at a rate I thought I deserved. And soon enough, I quit my once-stable job to pursue a full-time career working with celebrities. …


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Experts break down the skin benefits of this potent topical ingredient.

Vitamin C has been one of the most celebrated ingredients on the market and experts raving about it for many years now. Why? Because it is widely known as an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, which is generated by your body when exposed to certain conditions.

According to board-certified dermatologist, Patricia Wexler, vitamin C aids in your skin’s natural regeneration process — which helps your body repair damaged skin cells.”

We know that consuming foods high in antioxidants aids your body in fighting off free radicals. …


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Stop holding onto those jeans that don’t fit anymore.

I’ll admit — it’s hard for me to let things go. That shirt I wore to that concert. Those pants I used to love but are now torn and two sizes too small. Yes, I’ve been known to hold onto articles of clothing that supposedly had some sort of sentimental value to them. In other words, I’ve been known to hoard.

Those hats and scarves I used to love have now been piling up in my storage room in a box full of dust. And as the months and years go by, they are still sitting there collecting particles.

But no, not anymore.


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My journey to a year of good health.

I’ll admit, making New Year's resolutions is not really my thing anymore. That’s because committing to one single goal for 365 days sounds intimidating and also, boring. Which is why I’ve decided to commit to 12 goals for 12 months instead.

After reflecting on the year, I’ve realized one thing: I focus way too much on my professional development. Every year my goals seem to revolve around work.

And that’s fair since my career is an important aspect of my life.

From my full-time job to my side hustles, I’m always working. As a workaholic, I’ve completely neglected my health. I’ve become restless, tired and irritable at times. …


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Seeking writers who have the drive to make $100/post.

I am currently seeking new writers for The Glossary — a women’s publication dedicated to beauty & fashion. Other topics include business, relationships & self-care.

My 2021 goals for this publication:

  • Increase our following from 320 to 1000+
  • Help you increase your monthly earnings
  • Explore new ways to cross promote The Glossary

More than just a Medium publication.

“The Glossary is the indispensable playbook for sharp, stylish women. Founded in 2019, we are committed to delivering up-and-coming trends in business, beauty, fashion, and wellness.

Our mission is to provide original content free of ethical misinformation through the lens of strong, independent women who can rock a red lipstick.
We welcome you to follow along for our latest beauty tips, career trends, and exclusive breakthroughs designed to inspire, encourage, and elevate the female spirit.” …


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There’s nothing like the satisfaction of finding a truly unique piece.

Thrifting is such a fun way to shop. Sure, it takes more time and probably more trips than a mall but there’s nothing more satisfying than spotting that perfect vintage jacket for $12.

But it’s not for everyone.

The thing is, thrifting is not designed for convenience. It is not designed for those who want to find something quick. You’re basically on your own. No styled mannequins. No nothing.

And to me, that’s part of the beauty. No pushy sales associates. No promo posters with 5'11 models on them. Nope, you’re completely free of decisions that have been made before you got into the store.


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Bed makers are more likely to be happier, according to experts.

This year I decided that I wanted to find a new way of conquering my goals. And without any hesitation, I went on a quest to narrow down the best tips by some of the most successful people in the world.

What I’ve learned is that success doesn’t come down to an exact science. But there are tricks that can certainly increase the likelihood of it.

As I’ve discovered, there is one thing that successful people have in common and it’s not what you think.

According to experts, making your bed is one of the most effective ways to improve your productivity.

About

Katy Velvet

A 32-year-old writer with a lifetime of stories about mental health, gender inequality and an incurable obsession with cats.

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