English Dialects

Over the last few weeks I had the absolute pleasure of collaborating on this post. We had a lot of fun discussing our thoughts and experiences concerning English dialects. I would love it if you guys took a minute to check out the post using the link below:

https://thirdculturekidcan.com/2021/04/27/english-dialects/

30 Day Blogging Strategy Plan

30 Day Blogging Strategy Plan

I have been meaning to share this with you guys but I got busy with university so I decided to post pre-written stuff instead. Anyway, some time ago I was approached by two lovely blogging friends Olivia and Shelly and they told me about a 30 day blogging plan they were working on to help bloggers improve their sites, following and traffic and I thought this was an incredible idea. 

They were lovely enough to give me more information about the plan and I was really into it by the time I was done going through everything. You could tell they had worked hard on it and both of their blogs are doing so well you could tell they knew what they were talking about. 

This blogging plan basically helps you enhance your blog whether you are just starting your blog or have been blogging for years. It teaches you the a lot of things that you need to know in order to have a successful blog and to be honest I wish I had something like this when I started out because it took me quite a while to pick up on them.

The plan itself includes a number of things. It helps you create a blogging schedule so that you can post regularly, it teaches you more about SEO and it’s importance when it comes to websites, it shows you how to design your blog to make it more attractive and user friendly, it talks about general tips for blog posts and more. You also get a 2 FREE media kit templates and a free stock image library which is so great!

I think this is such a great way to enhance your blog and I think it could be particularly helpful if you’re a newer blogger because a lot of these things take a while to pick up. This can really help you save a lot of time and effort in the future. 

The plan is £5.99 but if you use my code pooja10 you can get 10% off. You can check it out by clicking here. 


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E.L.F “Bitter” Lipliner Pencil Review

The “Bitter” Lipliner Pencil


E.L.F is a vegan and cruelty free makeup brand- all their products are vegan and cruelty-free. They are also quite affordable and tend to be very good quality for the price.
The lipliner that I tried out in the shade Bitter is no longer available on the E.L.F Cosmetics official page but can be found on Amazon and other sites. I bought it quite a while back but hadn’t tried it till a few months ago.

Pros

  • The first pro for me was that E.L.F is vegan and cruelty free- I am trying to only buy cruelty free products at the moment and I love shopping from E.L.F Cosmetics because I don’t have to Google a million things to find out what’s tested on animals and what is not.
  • I thought it was very affordable for a lipliner- I forget the exact price but it was a bit over a dollar if I’m not wrong.
  • The colour is really pretty! I was expecting something more purple because it looked more purple in the picture but I was pleasantly surprised when I realised it’s more of a deep pink colour. If you use very little of it with gloss it looks really natural and if you use more of it you get a really nice more obvious look.
  • It was easy to apply and soft to wear.

Cons

  • It’s a bit dry. As someone who already has dry lips this was not the best formula for me. I know wear it with lip balm underneath and lip gloss on top.
  • It doesn’t last very long so if you’re planning on wearing it when going out to eat take the pencil with you as you will need to reapply. However, the pencil is pretty small so it’s easy to carry with you- you can even put it in your pocket.

Final Thoughts


I thought the it was quite good for the price. The colour was pretty and if worn with lip balm/gloss you can easily wear it all day without your lips drying out. However, compared to other lipliners I have bought at a similar price this was not the best- it was pretty average in my opinion and I can see why E.L.F seems to have discontinued it. I will definitely finish the one I have but I don’t think I would buy it again. I would recommend other E.L.F Cosmetics product though- I use almost all of them and I love them!
Also random story about this review: the picture above was taken like months ago and the other two pictures with the pros and cons was taken a few days ago. I used a snap filter for the one above because I looked like crap and had no other makeup on but I realised the filter slightly changed the colour of the lipliner. So, a few days ago I took more pictures with no filter/editing so you could see exactly what it look like in real life. Yes, I was wearing the same tshirt in both pictures for some reason… And yes I have weirdly small hands- everyone (my sister) makes fun of them- but the rest of me is totally average I swear!
Also I hope you enjoyed this review- it’s been a while since I’ve done a makeup review. You can probably tell by the fact that the brand doesn’t even sell this product anymore lol…
Do you like ELF Cosmetics? Did you like this shade? What is your favourite E.L.F product? E.L.F cosmetics or Elf the movie? What are some of your favourite cruelty free brands? As always let me know in the comments or simply stop by and say hi!


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5 Makeup Bag Must Haves

Makeup Bag Must Haves Collaboration

This post was written in collaboration with Ananya! These are her 5 must haves and feel free to go over to her blog to read my five! Check out her blog by clicking here. 

Our makeup bag must have versatile products such that a single product can be used for a variety of purposes. Today I am going to mention 5 which serve various multipurpose beauty tasks.

1. Coconut Butter

Coconut products are well known for their versatility. It has excellent moisturizing properties than the usual creams and lotions. It also gives long lasting effects. I suggest you can get this at any organic store or you could create it on your own by freezing coconut oil overnight in your fridge.

2. Lip And Cheek Tint

Benefit had come up with this idea long back and it has really been a blessing. It is one of the best dual purpose product. If you are not able to get this product, you could always use a lipstick too!

3. Mascara

You may have read this million times in a lot of blogs but these little wands are a must! They give a dramatic effect to your eyes and it could also be used as Khol for your waterline.

4. Face Mists

In case, you look tired, face mists will always help you give a fresh look and some even come with properties to keep your makeup set for a long time!

5. Makeup Wipes

These come really in handy in case you have disturbed your eye make up or lips and are a really good fix. Always carry makeup wipes as you may never know what could go wrong.

Hope you enjoyed those five and do go over to read my five on her blog by clicking here. Also let me know what you makeup bag must haves are in the comments below!


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Stop Saying Yes When You Want to Say No

Hello Everyone, my names Olivia and I am from OliviaLucieBlake blog! I’m excited to be doing this collaboration with LifesfineWhine. We decided to speak on the topic of ‘How to Stop Saying Yes When You Want to Say No‘ because it’s something a lot of people struggle with. I have at times too in the past.
It’s hard sometimes to be assertive and tell people no sometimes isn’t it? I think we could all do with a lesson in assertiveness and not doing things we don’t want to. Together we’ll be sharing 10 tips, 5 tips here on Pooja’s blog and 5 tips over on my blog. So, let’s get started!

BE DIRECT

Let’s learn how to be more direct in our answers. If you don’t want to do something then it’s important that you gain confidence in yourself to say no. Replying “I’ll think about it” or “Maybe” isn’t the right approach. Whenever I have to tell someone no, I tend to not give a reason until they ask for one. And even then, you don’t have to. Remember you don’t owe anybody an explanation; a simple no is enough.

DEFINE YOUR BOUNDARIES

Defining boundaries can be difficult and can hurt some people at times, but remember that you need to make sure you have the energy for your loved ones and those that you need you. Don’t waste your energy on people who don’t deserve it or don’t care to understand.
Be kind to yourself, don’t feel guilty for doing this.

IDENTIFY YOUR PRIORITIES

What is most important to you? We need to learn what’s the most important to us as individuals. This will help in your decision making on whether to say yes or no to something. We tend to know our priorities in work or school but why don’t we do the same for our lives? I think having more of a prioritisation in life will help when making decisions.

YOU CAN’T PLEASE EVERYONE

This is the most important one of all. If you are being pulled in various different directions, remember that you can’t do everything. It’s okay to say no to prioritise something else in your life. It’s okay to say no to prioritise your own mental wellbeing. Don’t feel bad or ashamed to do it. It’s your life, your choice. Which follows on perfectly to point number 5!

IT’S YOUR CHOICE

Ultimately, it’s your choice. You are the owner of your life; you call the shots. Remember how powerful your voice is.
I hoped you like my 5 tips on this subject and I hope it can help anybody who feels like they can’t say no. Don’t forget to head over to my blog to read the 5 tips Pooja has given on this important topic too! Thanks for reading!
Olivia x
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Maintain Your Blogging Routine

Hey everyone! I’m very much excited to share with you this first collaboration post from me and Elle of ellesunpopularopinions! I feel so lucky to have been able to connect with her through blogging a little while back. We began following each others blog and realised that we have quite a lot in common and that collaborating would be super fun. She has such a great blog full of some really interesting posts- I particularly enjoy her posts about mindfulness which is something that I believe is very beneficial for everyone. If you haven’t followed her already I would highly recommend doing so by clicking here. 
We know that things are way different these days, and we have to catch up with everything we left off since the start of this pandemic, and that is our schoolwork. School is now starting for some countries. And so, Elle and I have made a post on how to maintain your blogging routine during online classes.
It is quite hard to do, considering the balance of everything while maintaining your physical, mental, and emotional health intact. So, we hope that you take in these helpful tips to help you manage your schedule throughout!

1.Make your blogging routine flexible

Now that you have another thing that will be taking up your time every day, I suggest making a flexible blogging routine. Something that would complement your time for your classes. For example, if you only have classes MWFs or TTh, you can adjust your blogging routine to which time or days you are free. You can do it every night and allot maybe 2 to 3 hours for writing your blog. In that way, you will be able to do it every night or alternate nights. Your priorities come first hand and you don’t want to avoid distractions when you study for your online classes. But you may also want to keep on blogging so that your blog would still be maintained.

2. Wake up early

Waking up early can do you a lot of good things, especially now that you have another responsibility. It sucks when you have to do a lot of things the next day, and it will get ruined when you wake up late. You will think that you have wasted a few hours to be productive and get some school work done. So practice waking up in the morning, and visualize the things you will do that day. This will help you set your mood, your goals, and your mindset for that day. If you’re having a hard time waking up early, start practicing now, so that your body clock can easily adjust.

3. Commit to an easy schedule

Other than making your blogging routine flexible, your schedule should also be easily applied and practiced. You will get stressed out and bombarded with a lot of tasks if you set up a hectic schedule. Make one that you can easily commit to, even if that means taking a few hours of rest from blogging, it’s still important. Don’t set higher standards than you can’t maintain- it’s okay to do things one at a time.

4. Avoid distractions when you’re doing school work

Exit that WordPress tab on your browser when you’re doing schoolwork. It will make you more focused on what you’re doing. And the more you are focused, the faster you’ll get your schoolwork done, and get back to blogging again. Avoid other distractions too, when you are blogging. Writing your blog requires as much focus and brain juices as doing your school requirements. Have a balance between both.

5. Set up a checklist

Don’t do all your tasks at once. If you can’t do them every day, it’s totally fine too. You can set up a checklist of the things you ought to do every week. Spread the tasks that you can do that week, and then try to complete them before the weekends. Don’t worry, you have a whole week to do so. Also, if it helps, you can think of the next topics you can write about during your rest hours and not during your blogging hours. And then, put them on your checklist too. This will save you time from thinking about what topic you can write when you are in front of your laptop or phone ready for blogging.

6. Plan ahead

With school, blogging, work, and life, you may end up getting very busy, and sometimes life happens, and you end up being forced into certain situations that are out of your control. You may also end up getting overwhelmed when you have assignments due, tests, or exams. That’s why it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. It’s a good idea to write and schedule your posts in advance when you have time so that later on you don’t end up having too much on your plate, and not doing either school work or blogging work properly. 

7. Don’t lose hope

I know it can be very overwhelming to study and blog, and the fact that a lot of us don’t have in school classes and have to take online classes does not help because it is a lot of change all at once. It’s easy to lose hope or to lose energy/motivation to continue blogging. However, that can lead to a major downfall for your blog, because as you probably know, staying active is a big part of growing your blog. Blogging and writing in general is one of those things that you need to keep practicing and doing on a regular basis. 

8. Sharing is caring

If you feel absolutely overwhelmed with school or even just life in general and feel like there is no way you can write a post, well then, you don’t have to. You can always share/reblog a post by someone else that you really enjoyed. That way, your blog is active, plus you are supporting another blogger, which is always awesome. 

9. Try something new

As someone who has been blogging since 2015, I know that at first blogging is super exciting and you are just full of ideas but after a while, you can start running out of ideas. This is especially the case when you have school, and a lot of your energy is going into schoolwork. If you feel like you are running out of ideas, try something new. Try writing about a personal experience, maybe even what you’re learning in your online classes or how you feel about online classes versus in school classes. Looking through other blogs and seeing what they are doing and drawing inspiration from their posts is also a great way to get some new ideas. Always credit the person you took inspiration from, of course. 

10. Be prepared 

Online classes and maintaining a blogging routine is not easy, so be prepared. Be prepared to be overwhelmed sometimes, be prepared to feel exhausted sometimes, be prepared to want to quit sometimes, and also be prepared to feel extremely proud of yourself when you keep going despite all these things. Also be prepared to have things go wrong because, at some point, they will. It could be as small as scheduling at the wrong time by mistake or something as major as losing your comments/likes on some of your posts- both of which I have been through. Just know that in the long run, it will be okay, and it will all be so worth it. Lastly, if you feel like you are getting too overwhelmed, please do seek help from family, friends, or even a professional. It is ALWAYS okay to ask for help when you need it. 
We hope all of these points help you maintain your blogging routine during online classes! Remember to be gentle with yourself and avoid getting stressed too much. 🙂
Let us know in the comments how you plan to maintain your blogging routine during online classes!
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Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ph/unpopularopinions_/


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Hopsmeister Beer Review (Collaboration)

Hi there! I run our Instagram beer blog with my partner Ayden and have been doing so for just under 2 months. ‘Hopsmeister’ is our love child and has kept us both occupied during these uncertain times.
We review a range of beers from all over the globe, including quite a few Belgium’s. We like to keep the review fairly brief and always end with some one-liners which hopefully offer our final thoughts.
Below are some examples and recommendations which we’ve taken from our previous reviews. However, thanks to Pooja’s platform we are lucky enough to share these with other craft beer lovers, so if you’d like to read more then please check out our blog – https://wordpress.com/view/hopsmeister.wordpress.com or Instagram: hopsmeister
Cheers
A&A 🍻


For those with fruitier taste buds

Bacchus Framboise
ABV – 5% Country – Belgium  B E Brewer – Brouweij Type – Fruit beer/raspberry beer
Characteristic of Bacchus beers, this beer can be easily distinguished by its beautiful hand-
wrapped cover.
What makes this beer a staple within its category is that the raspberry flavour is authentic. Raspberries are added to the beer before it’s next maturation stage, allowing the aromas to blossom into a palatable liquid dessert.
You can immediately smell the contrast of sharpness and sweetness as the raspberry notes dominate the scent. Its balance is noticed upon tasting and is almost wine-like in aftertaste.
We both enjoyed the fizz and how moreish it was – we’ll definitely be buying more!

Missed a trick – controversial?

La Trappe Witte
ABV – 8.4% Country – Belgium  B E Brewer – Trappist Koningshoeven Type – Wheat beer
“When they live by the labor of their hands…. then they are really monks” – was written by Benedict, the “architect” of Western monasticism and was how in 1884 monk brewing beer came to be.
La Trappe Witte is the world’s first and only white Trappist ale. This un-filtered wheat beer is brewed using only water, wheat, and hops. Its light in taste and smell, there’s also a prominent bready/wheatiness scent which dominates the nose. Other aromas included peppercorn and notes of clove which gave this wheat beer a spicy fragrance.
The beer lacks bitterness which could be quite pleasant depending on the occasion but we both thought overall it made the taste grainy and incredibly light. You would want this on hot summers day or if you were planning to drink all night and needed a lighter beverage.
Although light, its peppery and spicy character gave this wheat beer slightly more depth- but of all the Trappist beers the wheat didn’t quite suffice. Only half of us enjoyed this one.

Hits the spot

Our weekend away in Canterbury, Kent (Food + Drink Reviews)

To Drink @The Foundry
Itzamna
ABV – 9.6%  Country – England  Brewer – Canterbury Brewers  Type – Imperial Porter
This weekend the hopsmeister’s had date night in Canterbury!
We were lucky enough to visit @foundrybrewpub – a unique craft brewery, distillery & bar in the heart of Canterbury City Centre. In the next few days, we’ll be reviewing a few of the different beers we tasted, of which one of our stand-out favourites – was the Itzamna imperial porter. ‘Itzamnἀ’ was actually one of the most important gods in Mayan mythology and introduced the Mayans to cacao.
On the nose, the lovely chocolatey, coco nibs come through, giving it a delightful sweet and bitter scent. We enjoyed the depth of flavours which were even more appreciated upon tasting.
The coco and vanilla pods were equal partners both of which complemented the other and were a vital partnership in the creation of such a delicious beer.
It was as if dark chocolate had been melted and fermented to pour a fine porter.
Very worthy of its award-winning status! 👌🏽

To Eat @A La Turka Northgate

Later in the evening, we had dinner at a lovely Turkish restaurant based within Canterbury City Centre – A La Turka, Northgate. If you do travel to Canterbury, Kent and enjoy Mediterranean food, particularly Turkish, we would highly recommend this chain.
On arrival, we were super impressed with the outside area and loved the open plan seating area (picture below) which had lots of beautiful rugs and mirrors on the wall making it feel very atmospheric.
For starters, we ordered a round of traditional hummus and pitta, which came with a delicious Turkish salad. For mains, we shared the lamb kofte and chicken shish with a side of halloumi…. everything was incredibly delicious, and the lamb was so soft and not at all chewy. As for the chicken shish, it was THE best chicken shish we’ve ever had and will be back for more I’m sure the next time we fancy another visit.
The staff were very hospitable and attentive – making our visit even more enjoyable.Great service, great food and great Turkish beer!

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The Perfect Duet

Jude and I are back with another collaboration! If you aren’t aware we have collaborated twice before and have really enjoyed working together so we decided to collaborate once more. We came up with this duet in relatively next to no time. That’s how natural it ebbed and flowed!
I hope you all enjoy reading our collaboration as much as we enjoyed coming up with them;
I wrote in (normal italics).
Jude did the (bold italics)
Watch out for those six word stories at the end!

He takes me out to my favourite restaurant
I say no to dessert but he orders some anyway
And then we go for a romantic movie
And hold each other close
The perfect ending to a perfect day
She comes whenever I need her
She favours wine but brings whiskey for two
And when we go to watch my favourite team
She spouts banter on my behalf
The perfect beginning to a perfect evening
He wants to spend the night at home
Just having pizza and watching some movies
He brings me flowers when I’m down
And laughs with me when I’m happy
He’s just there for me because he’s all I need
She wants to spend our free days in the park
Breathing the air and stealing kisses in public
She carries a snack when I’m not in the mood
Unhealthy and sweet, a special treat
She makes me believe that she’s everything I need
Is she too good for me
I know he can do better
Sometimes I wonder why she stays
Forever grateful he settled for me


In this collaboration we attempted to show how even though two people may be different they work perfectly together because they appreciate each other for who they are.
If you enjoyed reading this collaboration I would highly recommend going over to Jude’s blog and checking out his writing. He is a brilliant writer and I know you won’t be disappointed! You can check out his poetry blog by clicking here.
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Similarities Between Two Universities

University, Student Life and Similarities


A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of connecting with a fellow university student blogger called Camille. She studies in a university in France and we began talking on a post I published about the courses I had taken last semester and she had actually taken some similar ones. We started to chat further and realised that it would be really fun and interesting to compare the similarities and differences between the two universities since they are in different countries. We expected our experiences to be quite different but we ended up having quite a few similarities as well. I decided to post the similarities on my blog which you can read below and to read the differences in our experiences be sure to go over to Camille’s blog by clicking here. She is an amazing blogger and I can guarantee that you will very much enjoy her post!

1) Teachers are very knowledgeable in their field.


We found that in both universities the professors are experts in their field. They are very knowledgeable and it is clear that they know exactly what they are talking about and have done a lot of research. We found that in many ways this enhances the experience of studying under them because it’s always a plus to learn something from someone who knows what they are talking about and are an expert in that subject.

2) Teachers have their own views and opinions.


As mentioned above the professors are definitely experts in their respective fields and it is clear that they have spent a lot of time doing their research and studying in detail different aspects of the subject. As great as this can be it also has some negatives. At the end of the day the professors are people too and have their own theories and opinions about things. We found that since they are experts in their field they have quite strong views and opinions and this may make them a bit stubborn towards someone who may have a different opinion. We saw that in both cases this stopped students from fully forming their own opinion about the subject or rather fully expressing their views when they disagreed with the views of the professor and they may receive a bad grade for their honesty.

3) Many courses to choose from at both our universities but not at all universities.


We found that both our universities offered a large variety of courses in a large variety of subjects. I have talked about this before in my other posts about my courses but basically my university offers us two half credit elective courses a year so that you can take some subjects outside of your major and kind of expand your knowledge in other fields. Camille also mentioned how she was able to take different courses and broaden her knowledge in this way. I think it’s a really good idea to take other subjects especially those that may be unrelated to your major because it will help you pick up a variety of skills that you may not get from just doing courses for your major alone.

4)Interesting/unique courses


As mentioned in the last paragraph both out universities offer a number of courses and when we talked about them in more detail we realised that they both also offer a lot of unique and interesting courses. Again I have talked about this in more detail in posts I have done about my courses but my university offers a number of unique courses such as courses on country music, hip hop, the Sixties and more. Camille and I realised we both took similar courses about American History which was quite interesting.

5) Both offer scholarships but it is easier to get and apply for them in France.


Camille mentioned how scholarships are quite common and very easy to apply for and get in France at her university. In Canada, the scholarships are harder to get and there is quite a long process that goes into applying for them. Although this is technically a difference I decided to add it as a similarity because they do both offer scholarships and although it is a little harder to get the scholarship here it is not impossible to do if you work hard and do your best.

Differences?

I just wanted to remind everyone again to go over to Camille’s blog and check out the other half of this collaboration. She wrote her post about the differences between our universities and university experiences. You can check out her post by clicking here.

Your Thoughts

Let me know what you thought about the similarities between the two universities. Did you expect there to be these similarities? Did you have similar experiences at university or were your experiences different than ours? What did you think of Camille’s post that is linked above about the differences- could you relate to the differences? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
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How To Keep A Positive Mindset

This is a collaboration post between Onome and I. I did a post for her blog a while back and she kindly wrote this amazing post for mine. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did and don’t forget to go over and check out her amazing blog in which she writes about mental health, books, lifestyle and much more. The link to it can be found below.

By Onome Erikewe
Maintaining a positive mindset can be difficult to achieve even when all efforts are made. It can seem like an endless battle to hold on to positive thoughts. You might have even experienced feelings of nausea because you feel it is impossible to stay in a place of complete peace
If you are in that situation, then be ready to get your mind right with these tips.

  1. Allow space and time to work the magic – Give yourself the opportunity to stay calm. Don’t try to force the feeling of positivity. It will work naturally. Once your mind is in a place of stability, you will find it easy to focus on the right things.
  2. Listen to your gut- You always have a voice inside of you that tells you exactly how you are feeling. It can either be negative or positive. However, look for those areas that are positive and dwell on them.
  3. Develop a habit of positive self-talk – While it is easy to get stuck with negative thoughts, you should train your mind to think positively. How do you do that? It is a simple trick of becoming self-aware. Your mind works with your brain, so if you can make your brain believe positive things, that will also reflect on how your mind retains information. So quick exercise, try to think of something about yourself that makes you incredibly happy. Then, imagine that you are having that same experience now. How do you feel? Great I guess. Now, train your mind to say that thing out. That is how you master the art of positive self-talk. It comes with consistent practice. So keep practicing until you get better at it.
  4. Fix your mind on the present- It can be a hassle to stay focused on the present. However, fixing your mind on the ‘now’ rather than the ‘next’ could really save you the stress of thinking about the future especially in difficult times. Being anxious does not solve anything, it only amplifies the problem. You can check my page on ways to deal with anxiety where Pooja graciously gave tips on how to overcome anxiety in difficult times.
  5. Have a circle of positive people- This is a vital part of developing a positive mindset. Your network and the people you surround yourself with have a lot to do with your mindset. Make a deliberate effort to be in the circle of people who will encourage you and uplift you.

Did you enjoy this post? Please head on to my blog at https://onomespeaks.wordpress.com/ to enjoy more tips on personal development. I want to say a big thank you to Pooja for this opportunity to write for her blog. Thank you all and I hope you start taking action on these steps.
Cheering for you.
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