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Living paycheck to paycheck is hard and can feel impossible to get out of. Here is how I got out of the rat race and you can too…

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Thing is, I lived paycheck to paycheck for years. Now I have ​been able to give myself the luxury of being more free by getting my money in order. Here are 9 things I learned while working on my financial freedom.

Get more hours or a side hustle

It may seem contradictory due to the fact I am against the hustle culture, but there is a time you just have to make more money. Plain and simple. To do that, pick up more hours at work or pick up a side hustle. These are ways to make extra income which you can allocate to set aside.

Drawbacks…


With the digital age upon us, can we still find happiness? Science says, yes.

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What is Slow Living?

Slow living refers to a lifestyle that encourages a slower approach to aspects of everyday life. Maybe you have heard of Hygge? A Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment of comfort, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, and has made waves in the USA.

In short slow living is being more intentional with your time and with your resources. But why is slow living key now?

As we have advanced in our years as a civilization so has the pace of life around us. Now with the click of a button we have acess…


Getting a job has changed but it doesn’t have to be so complicated..

If you have any type of social media, which would be 3.6 billion people (statista.com), you know how followers and number counts are a dopamine hit like no other. On Instagram or Twitter how many followers you have potentially gets you more opportunities, but what about LinkedIn?

Image of phone displaying instagram, twitter and LinkedIn
Image of phone displaying instagram, twitter and LinkedIn
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I have heard from many that one must have 500+ connections, but I don’t agree fully. If you are a mentor or a teacher in a community, been active on LinkedIn for a few years, I could easily see why you have 500+ connections.

It is true, the more connections you have the…


An Instagram notification, an email ping, and the dog begging for play time. Working from home can be more challenging then people lead on.

Carl Heyerdahl

Do some of those distractions above sound similar to what you are expiercing? The good news is, you aren’t alone. Here are 5 tips that have helped me get more done in the new world of working from home.

Have a Good Breakfast

That doesn’t mean necessarily a large one. I personally am not a big morning eater. I can only eat so much when I first roll out of bed otherwise I am not looking perky. Instead, look at the quality over quantity of what you are eating and consuming first thing in the AM.

A small glass of water when you wake…


It isn’t as straight forward as it may seem…

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UX design is an in-demand career choice that is booming with new designers and with job opportunities.

But how do you find these opportunities? What is the key success to break into this industry?

Throw everything you thought out the window

Don’t actually throw everything out the window, but you will need to get uncomfortable. If you are transitioning from an industry like retail or food & beverage likely the ideas of how to get your foot in the door will be intimidating.

Your resume no longer is the key piece to success. While name brands may help catch an eye your portfolio is the key piece…


A 40-hour work week is the accepted standard in today’s workplace. But with more research on productivity and happiness, it is quickly becoming a hot topic of discussion. Is the 40-hour workweek dead?

But let’s go a back in time…

The 40-hour workweek is rooted in industrialism. When it was established, most people worked in factories and other manufacturing facilities. They started working when they got to work and quit working when they left. Working from home or outside of business hours was impossible. Most manufacturing employees were paid an hourly rate, so they qualified for overtime pay. …


Healthcare in UX is predicted to skyrocket since the healthcare system is about 10 years behind the digital industry. But other than a lot of opportunities, there are other reasons, as a new designer, you should work in Fintech or Healthcare.

Nathan Dumlao and National Cancer Institute

Have you ever tried to read your healthcare results? How about onboarding when you wanted to open a new bank account? You likely have done one, if not both, of these.

These two indsutries share something in common, complex terminology that isn’t easy for most people to read or understand. …


As a UX Designer, I get to help businesses build wonderful digital products that have an impact on people’s lives. It’s a fun and rewarding role, so it’s no wonder the number of designers is set to grow by a factor of 100 over the next thirty years. UX design is also an in-demand skill, which is bringing loads of new talent to the field.

It can be easy to get caught up in the hype around UX design. It seems too good to be true, right? …


What is I told you I saved thousands of dollars a year by just shifting some of my habits? Seems boogas right? I ran some numbers and I was shocked.

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5) Simplify Face Care

If you are a woman makeup can be this wondrous joy. But unless you are a makeup artist you will come to find out your 50 shades of lipstick don’t really get used. I noticed that my makeup days consider of 5 products in total. And my face care routine only 3. …


UX Design is a hot topic and in-demand skill right now but why does it seem so hard to get a job? With millions stuck at home, reconsidering their life, many have decided to make a change.

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I am one of those many.

No matter what route you decide to take there are roadblocks of getting the job. If you haven’t read my story on Bootcamp Saturation and talking about the ways you can learn UX, I highly recommend you give it a glance.

I have been talking and seeing the journey’s of 25 post-grads from my bootcamp. …

Emma Sadler

As seen on CNBC Make It. A millennial diary talking about career, UX, money, the digital world, and simplifying city living. Tweet @theminimalgypsy

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