I never anticipated competing when I began Jiu-Jitsu in June 2020 and after winning my first tournament… I am not sure I will again.

My team and I after the tournament!

I never anticipated competing when I started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but here I am with an amazing training partner who encouraged me to compete and su[ported me through the entire journey.

The few weeks leading up to the competition, we trained five to six times a week, drilling techniques we struggled with and ensuring we were on track to make weight. Making weight… that was a journey. Because there are not many women in their…


I spent the past two years aggressively paying off my car early. Now, I am searching for a new financial strategy and new motivation.

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Two years ago I bought a car in a rush. While I did end up buying the car I wanted (2016 Ford Fusion), I bought through a dealership and probably overpaid by jumping in so quickly. This was the first time I had a car payment as I was given a car from a family friend for my high school graduation and received another generous gift when that car failed.

I grew up being taught that…


We’ve all had uncomfortable moments where we are approached by our manager with mistakes we’ve made in the workplace. Hopefully, most of these mistakes are not detrimental to our careers, but a “learning opportunity” as management so condescending likes to call them.

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The initial instinct of most people presenting with a mistake they have made is to get defensive or point the finger at someone else in order to remove the blame from themselves. However, if this is truly a mistake that a person has made, denial is only going to make them look childish and unreliable.

I have found…


For the last month and on and off throughout my life, I have had the unpleasant experience of waking up with a stomach ache. My stomach will feel completely empty but still hurt for no consistent reason than I have been able to find.

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I did a lot of researching and experimenting and have finally found the combination that works best for me. I am in no way a medical professional, I just know what is working for me and my body currently.

The five items I consume on a daily basis that has resolved my morning stomach issues are…


I thought my only choice after the divorce was to relocate to a new city and start a new life alone.

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My husband had just come home and told me he had submitted paperwork with his friend who was a lawyer for our divorce. I was relieved, I knew I would never have the guts to do it myself but I was also stunned he had gone through with this. Things had been bad for a while and we had both greatly hurt each other. I had signed us up for group counseling that was supposed to start in a couple of weeks, but I supposed now that was not going to happen.

I texted my good friend who I had…


I have always enjoyed Youtube, but since I began working from home in March I have found myself even more drawn to this platform. I have even more time to kill between reorganizing my closet for the eighth time, cooking more banana bread, and starting my fifth side-hustle.

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I created a list of the channels that I have really enjoyed over the past several months and hope you enjoy it! Please feel free to give any suggestions on channels you enjoy.

Impaulsive — I remembered hearing a few years ago about the controversy that had arisen over a video published…


While I did learn a lot in my twenties I am grateful for, here is a list of 20 things I wish I knew or had done a better job with sooner.

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  1. Most of the friends I have now will not last. I would have forgone the drinking buddies, not worried about the clingers, and let go of those people I kept around just because I was lonely. When I moved to a different state at 22 I made a lot of friends through the restaurant at which I worked. There were some nice people in that group and I…


Bad dates are no shock in the world of Tinder, but this one gets the grand prize!

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I learned a lot from the time I spent online dating between relationships in my late twenties. But this date topped them all and taught me to listen to my gut and establish boundaries before agreeing to any date going forward.

I had been messaging with this guy for about a week and he asked me to go out for a drink Thursday night. This is when things started going south, alarms started going off in my gut and the lies started flowing. We agreed to get a drink Thursday evening, he said his car was in the shop and…


Money-Saving Tips Are Always Helpful, but Even More So when the Economy Does so Poorly

While 2020 has been a strange year, saving money is still possible!

Face mask laying over a sheaf of currency notes.
Face mask laying over a sheaf of currency notes.
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Since the beginning of 2020, my friend and I have been creating monthly goals.

We have found this to help us break down our bigger goals that span a year or more into manageable pieces that are less intimidating to complete.

Many of these goals have to do with finances as we are both working to pay off our cars and save for down payments on a future home.

As financial goals are at the top of our monthly lists, I have found the money-saving tips below to be crucial to putting more funds towards paying off my car.

25 Ways to Save Money in 2020

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Getting honest and realizing shopping for the body I wanted was extremely unhealthy.

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I have yet to talk to any of my female friends who have not cleaned out their closet at least once during the quarantine. I personally have cleaned out and re-organized my closet and home three times, sending three bags to Thredup for resale and taking several more to Goodwill. During the third cleanout, I got really honest with the items in my closet, Marie Kondo style, asking myself not only if each item brought me joy but also if it actually fit. After this major clean…

Danielle Taylor

Health topics of body, mind, and pocketbook. Contact: danitaylor0818@gmail.com

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