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Anime has been around almost forever, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon thanks to the clout it gets every now and then (Thanks, MeganTheeStallion!). Look at how many anime flavors you have to pick from, from the latest episodes of Attack on Titan to the mecha-style anime of yesteryear. It’s a treat to watch and indulge in entertainment that leaves you #shook or in love!

As an anime lover or otaku, however, you need to be reminded why you love anime in the first place. …


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One time, after a tough workday, I decided not to stay home and binge-watch my favorite anime. Instead, I drove to the beach and went sightseeing that evening. I returned home after sunset and felt so refreshed it took some time for me to settle down and fall asleep.

Why did I go to the beach?

Because I had gotten into a rut a routine. Buy food, go home, eat it, get in bed, watch anime, go to sleep late, wake up unfulfilled and heading to the ole grind.

But, when I switched things up and went to the beach…


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My coworkers joke around with me to find out if I’m going on a date after work.

The reason?

My hair is all done-up and not in a bun. I’m wearing makeup like a plus-sized supermodel hot off the Torrid runway. And, I have a little skip in my step when I strut to the office mail-bin.

But, I tell them what I always tell them.

NOPE.

There was a time when that statement asking if I got dolled up was for an up and coming hot date would trigger me. But, it doesn’t anymore. …


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I tried hard to be liked in my teens.

I was everyone’s friend in high school, and all of the teachers enjoyed me. I befriended the goths, emos, band geeks, slackers, geniuses, blacks, whites, anyone!

I wanted to be liked. I wanted to be loved. The feeling followed me into my adult years when I had crushes on a co-worker and would go out of my way to buy him a Publix sub. …


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After turning 25 last October, I learned that a lot of people still consider me a child and so “very” young, yet mature for my age. All I’ve got to say to that is.

Mmm. K.

So, now that I’ve entered my mid-twenties. There’s a lot of things I wish I could warn my younger self about. But, instead of doing that, I’m going to make a list that no one will ever see sharing what things you should do before turning 25. And, if someone is reading this list, I hope you thoroughly enjoy it:

  1. You will not become…


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This is a PSA for individuals like me who tend to overlook the importance of taking a vacation from time to time. Whether you’re starting a new job or you’ve been on your current role for years, everyone needs a little R&R.

Here’re 10 seriously serious reasons why you need to get serious (yes, I’m using the word “serious” a lot because I mean it) about your vacay time!

1) You Need To Reconnect With Yourself

Getting money or as my peers say “cheese” is super important. I get it. You have a car note. College debts looming over you…


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Lord, forgive me for what I’m about to say.

But, the worst day of all has got to be Sunday!

Now, I know that Sunday is an extra day to spend time being lazy or productive around the house, spending time at religious venues, or just getting your life together before dreaded Monday.

But, it’s still the day before Sunday.

Don’t you get anxious?

I sure do! It always starts on Sunday morning. First of all, I feel refreshed after spending Saturday doing whatever I want to do. …


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Remember your first bike? I remember mine. It was bright purple, sparkling tassels on the handlebars, and all-white seat and tires. The bike was also a two-wheeler.

I always wanted a bike. Only problem? I didn’t know how to ride a two-wheeler.

How was an overweight kid, naturally clumsy kid, supposed to ride a two-wheeler like all the other cool kids in the neighborhood? Without, god-forbid, scraping my knee?

I practiced on the grass. I would waddle back-and-forth on my bike on the front lawn, in the hot Florida sun. Later, when I felt bold and brave, I’d move onto…


Do you wake up in the middle of the night, startling your cat and significant other, searching blindly in the dark for your pen, Moleskine notebook, or your smartphone?
Have you ever dreamt of quitting your job just so that you can make a few nickels and dimes posting articles non-stop every day on various blogs and writing platforms?
Are you currently plotting your NaNoWriMo novel right now, while reading this article?

If your answer to any of these questions is Yassss!

Then good news, you’re an obsessive-compulsive writer.

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One fair morning, you get a call from the boss. You head to their office for an impromptu meeting. You haven’t had your first cup o’ Joe, yet, so you know it’s serious.

The boss sits you down, hands you, your walking papers, and sends you out the door with security in tow. You are now sitting in a car you just purchased trying to figure out what to do next.

Fortunately for you, I’ve been down this road twice in the last six years, and here’s how I handled getting axed:

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D. A. Smith

A full-time writer, part-time corporate cog. I write sci-fi, urban fantasy and paranormal romance. Check out my official blog at DASmithWrite.com.

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