8 Healthy Eating Tips For Women

Creating a healthy lifestyle starts with baby steps. This includes taking the time to learn about your body, your nutritional needs, and what exercises you enjoy. By being kind to yourself, making small changes to your diet, and living a more active lifestyle, you can reach your fitness/health goals the right way.

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As a health enthusiast, one question I get a lot from people is how I look fit even though I eat a lot. Many people start out on their health journey thinking that they have to starve themselves, spend 2 hours in the gym, or eliminate their desserts and favorite meals to look fit. Do you know you can eat a lot and still look fit?

Here’s 8 tips on how I eat healthy without eliminating my favorite meals or starving myself:

1. I have a daily routine that I stick to

As I mentioned in a previous post, I like to follow rules, thanks to boarding school. Having a routine and a schedule helps me manage my stress levels and ensure that I do things the right way. I have a set time for eating, sleeping, and exercising. With a lot of companies allowing employees to work remotely, you can create a flexible schedule for yourself that will not only allow you to get your work done, but will also allow you to engage in fitness activities. If you’re still working onsite, you can still create a routine and stick to it.

What to do: Set alarms on your phone or alarm clock for your daily activities. E.g. bedtime-10:30 pm, morning run-6:30 am, breakfast-8:00 am, work project- 10:00 am etc. This way you stay on top of your tasks and hold yourself accountable.

2. Nutrient dense foods are staple foods in my diet

Oatmeal (favorite meal), spinach, carrots, sweet peppers, asparagus, tuna, salmon, egg whites, chickpeas, sweetpeas, strawberries, and broccoli are foods I consume daily. Not only are they filling and nutritious, but they are also low in calories. By filling my plate with nutrient dense foods, I can eat to my heart’s content.

What to do: Fill half your plates with fruits and vegetables at each meal.

3. I don’t shop when I’m hungry & I skip out on snacks during grocery shopping

If you struggle with self-control, then it’s in your best interest to eat before grocery shopping. Shopping on an empty stomach can have an influence on your food choices. In fact, you’re more likely to purchase high-calorie / junk foods you can eat straight out of the bag. How do I know this? Well, I’ve experienced it more than once and it’s not a good feeling. Choose “real” foods such as whole-grains, nuts and seeds, seafood and legumes. For snacks, I normally get carrots, cucumbers, unsweetened rice cakes, and roasted edamame. I also make my own snacks from vegetables.

What to do: Eat before shopping, make a list of all the staple foods you need and skip out on the junk food.

4. I eat carbs

There’s a lot of misinformation out there, especially about carbs. Carbs are not your enemy. Your body needs energy to function. It’s the type and quantity of carbs that are important. There are high fiber carbs such as oats, legumes, quinoa plantain, and vegetables that improve metabolic health and reduce risk of heart disease. Cutting all carbs can reduce energy levels and cause fatigue.

What to do: Reduce your intake of white rice and add high fiber carbs to your diet.

5. I get 7-8 hours of sleep everyday

We live in a fast-paced world where we have to keep up with work, school, hobbies, and for parents-children. Sleep deprivation can affect how we show up for these aspects of our lives and our eating habits as well. Research has shown that “sleep patterns influence ghrelin. Sleep-deprived adults tend to have higher ghrelin levels, more hunger, and less feeling of fullness compared to adults who get seven-to-nine hours of sleep.”

What to do: Leave office work at the office, turn off your phone, dim the lights, and go to bed!

6. I exercise regularly

Daily exercise is a good way to reduce risk of heart disease, increase energy levels, and improve blood circulation which in turn, promotes new skin cells and youthful glow. Exercise also reduces feelings of anxiety and depression, so, making it a daily part of routine is not a bad idea. My favorite exercise is running and stair climbing with weights.

What to do: Try different exercises and find out what you like. Your workouts don’t have to feel boring or dreary which is why it’s important to try different things and also switch up your routine occasionally.

7. I drink a lot of water and tea

Honestly, the last time I had soft drinks was in secondary school. The only liquids I drink are water and tea. I make sure to drink a gallon of water and 3 cups of green tea daily. This helps with bowel movement, glowing skin, and weight maintenance. I always eat when I’m hungry, but I’d drink water first to make sure I’m not just thirsty. If I’m still hungry after drinking water, then I’d eat.

What to do: Drink a gallon of water everyday. Try different teas and find out what you like.

8. I satisfy my sweet tooth

You don’t have to ditch your favorite dessert or sugary fruits to live a healthy life. In fact, satisfying your sweet tooth occasionally is important to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Cake is my favorite dessert and baking is one of my hobbies, so, I always bake my own cake from the scratch with vegan ingredients. Sometimes, I’d buy my favorite cheesecake and eat in moderate portions.

What to do: Eat your favorite cake and cookies in moderate portions. The goal is to create a healthy and happy lifestyle where you enjoy your meals and feel satisfied. Depriving yourself of your favorite comfort foods can cause binge eating in the long-run.

Final notes: The goal is to create a life you’re proud of, a life where you feel calm and satisfied, a life where you feel happy. Food is there for you to enjoy. Depriving yourself of the nutrients that your body needs is not sustainable in the long-haul. As you start your journey or incorporate the tips I mentioned above into your everyday life, remember to take it one day at a time.

8 Holy-Grail Skincare Products I’ll Never Get Enough Of

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Don’t you love when people walk up to you and ask what fragrance you’re wearing? I know you love it! Well, get ready, because once you start using a few of my holy grail products I’ll be sharing in this post, not only will you be receiving compliments on the smoothness and firmness of your skin, you’ll also be amazed at how glowy your skin looks.

I’m the beauty-obsessed girl that doesn’t like caking up her face with too much makeup. I wear makeup, but not the instagram baddie makeup that’s in style. I love for my youthful glow and beauty to shine through, and the only way to achieve this is to invest in good skincare. Take good care of your skin, and my dear, you may never have to waste your time at sephora matching foundation that’ll probably irritate your skin. I’ve tried so many skincare products, but I always go back to these 8.

1. Ponds cold cream cleanser

A lot of makeup and sunscreen wearers don’t know about the first step of skin cleansing—double cleansing. Double cleansing is the use of oil or cream-based cleanser to break down makeup, remove dirt, and excess oil from skin while revitalizing dull skin and allowing other skincare products to penetrate effectively. I’ve tried different oil and cream-based cleansers from high-end and drugstore brands, and I always come back to ponds cold cream cleanser. As an oily girl, I find that my skin loves cream cleansers better than oil cleansers. This cream cleanser contains beeswax— an emollient that’s rich in vitamin A, and helps soothe and hydrate the skin—plus other rejuvenating ingredients which work immediately to reduce wrinkles and produce a smooth skin.

2. Cerave foaming facial cleanser

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There are many varieties of this facial cleanser so it’s important to read the label carefully. There’s the foaming, hydrating, and hydrating cream-to-foam cleanser. I’ve tried the three and always come back to the foaming cleanser. I find that it is gentle on my sensitive, acne-prone skin. Developed with dermatologists, cerave foaming cleanser includes hyaluronic acid and ceramides that remove impurities from skin while protecting skin barrier.

3. Some by mi aha bha pha toner

People underestimate the value of a toner. A toner, when used consistently, can transform the appearance of the skin by reducing the appearance of pores while revealing a smoother looking skin. It is important to know what your skin needs before purchasing a toner. Do you have rough texture or dull skin? If yes, then some by mi aha bha pha toner may be the right one for you. This toner contains aha bha pha— three hydro acids that are obtained from nature. They are used for exfoliating, reducing hyperpigmentation, and improving skin texture. Ever since I started using this toner, along with smoother skin, I’ve also noticed that my skin is less oily. I use this toner once a day (pm), then use a non-exfoliating toner in the am. Remember, too much exfoliation is not good for the skin barrier.

4. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel (30 Packettes), with 30 Dr. Dennis Gross peels

With this peel, you can give yourself an at-home facial. This is a patented two-step aha/bha peel with seven acids that comes in two little pads; one for exfoliating and smoothing, and the other for neutralizing skin aging. Because of the strength of this peel, it is advisable to use it every other day. Personally, I do my facials on sundays and after using these pads, I’ll use a non-exfoliating toner for hydration.

5. Eva naturals vitamin c serum

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Vitamin C serum made a big difference in my skin. In the past, I’d use any serum… just because. I came across eva naturals vitamin c serum in a YouTube video, and I decided to try it out because the one I was using (tree of life serum) was breaking me out. After three weeks of using this serum, I noticed that my dark spots were brighter and my forehead had cleared up. Vitamin C contains antioxidants which promote collagen, reduce wrinkles and protect skin cells from damaging. This serum is watery unlike the tree of life serum that had a creamy texture. It works, so no worries here!

6. Mario Badescu Rose Water

Mario Badescu - Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater 8 oz/ 236 mL

We all have those days where we just don’t have strength or time for skincare. Mario badescu is an all-in-one skin care: toner and moisturizer, that speeds up your skincare routine. Created with aloe, herbs and rosewater, it refreshes and hydrates the skin. Mist it over your face or makeup for a dewy look. I also use it on my hair as a moisturizing mist.

7. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

I think one thing us oily girls struggle with is finding the right moisturizer for our skin. I’ve tried different types of moisturizers, from oil-based to cream and gel-based moisturizers, and I find that my oily skin loves gel moisturizers more than oil and cream moisturizers. Neutrogena water-based lotion, made with hyaluronic acid, is lightweight in texture and easily absorbs into the skin. Because it’s water-based, it doesn’t clog up the pores or add extra oil to the skin.

8. Now solutions, sweet almond oil

I know I mentioned above that my skin doesn’t like oil. Yes, my skin doesn’t, but this almond oil is lightweight in texture and works well on my skin. This is the only oil that my skin likes and I recommend it as a pm moisturizer. I use at night to massage my skin. Very brilliant and moisturizing.

Final thoughts:

These are the products I currently use and they work for me. I don’t write about things I don’t like, so, every product here, I use in my routine. I don’t encourage you to buy everything all at once, but try introducing them little by little. One other thing to keep in mind when using a skincare product for the first time is to read instructions. You’d be surprised at the number of people that dive right in and then wonder why they’re not seeing results or why they’re breaking out.

I hope you enjoyed this post! What are some of your holy-grail products?

Why Self-Intimacy Is The Foundation Of Life

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Most People, when they hear the word “intimacy,” the first thing that comes to mind is sex. In fact, most people if not all, when asked to define intimacy, more often than not, will associate their answer with sexual intimacy.

We are taught about intimate sex so much that we use the word ‘sex’ and ‘intimacy’ interchangeably.

Little to nothing is said about self-intimacy. The foundation of life.

Self-intimacy, simply put, is being in tune with yourself, feelings, and values. It’s about having a deeper understanding of who you are. It’s about being self-aware.

What are my values? Do I love myself? How can I love me better? What are my needs? What is love? Am I showing up as my highest self? What is intimacy? These questions are a good start to establishing an intimate relationship with yourself. The journey towards self-intimacy may seem challenging at the beginning, just like every other journey that requires inner work, but you’ll look back one day and be glad that you didn’t let the uncomfortable feelings hold you back.

By developing an intimate relationship with yourself first, you are setting strong foundations in all areas of your life. Be it work, school, friendships, sexual relationships, or your daily interactions with people from different walks of life.

Self-intimacy helps you work towards the life you want. It helps you express yourself without compromise. It helps you fall and feel in love with yourself, and it impacts how intimate you can be with others.

3 habits to get you started on your journey towards self-intimacy:

1. Practice Honesty

The cliché, “honesty is the best policy,” sums it all up. There is no true self-intimacy without honesty. Honesty begins with you, not your friends, family, or partner. It’s you. It starts within. Once you develop the habit of being honest with yourself, it becomes easier to separate yourself from your personal narrative and tell yourself the tough truth you need to hear. Honesty is the key to making decisions in your best interests.

The truth may hurt but fooling yourself will enslave you.

– Charles F. Glassman

2. Write Love letters To Yourself

A lot of people underestimate the power of written words. Spoken words are great, but words on paper have different kind of energy. Writing down your words gives you a clearer sense of what is going on in your life. Writing love letters to myself has helped me with managing my emotions and reinforcing my values. It inspires me to love myself even more, and to know that I deserve everything that I want. For days when you don’t feel your best–revisit your love letters and remind yourself of who you are.

3. Make Self-Reflection A Daily Habit

Have you ever asked yourself why most college professors ask students to write a reflective essay after the completion of a project? Probably not. Reflective essays help students to think more consciously about how they approached their project. They realize what they could’ve done differently or what they shouldn’t have done at all. Apply the same concept to your life.

Take a few minutes at the end of every day to reflect on your day. You don’t have to write if you don’t want to. Just sit with yourself, in the comfort of peace and quiet, and reflect.

As you start your journey towards self-intimacy, remember to be gentle with yourself.

6 Self-Care Rituals To Practice Daily

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Taking good care of yourself reflects that you hold yourself in high esteem. One way to improve your quality of life is to make self-care a necessity not an option. It is not something you do once and cast aside to revisit later when you’re burned out.

Self-care is a practice, a lifelong commitment that is crucial for your well-being. I’m not saying you’ll never experience burnout, you will, but by having meaningful practices which have a sense of purpose, you’ll be able to handle stress better.

The first step to having more good days than bad is changing your mindset from Self-care is selfish to good health, happiness, and self-care is my birthright. You deserve to feel good. But here’s where it gets a bit complicated: No one will practice self-care for you. It’s no one’s job but yours.

You can’t let yourself go. Life can be difficult, but you can choose to take care of yourself everyday not just during moments of crisis.

Here’s how:

1. Go To Bed Early

I think this is the hardest one for people to practice because it requires commitment and discipline. Start by thinking of all the mental and physical benefits you will reap by implementing a strict early bedtime: clear skin, brighter eyes, more energy, better mood, and many more! Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep is essential to having a productive day at work and in your personal life.

2. Practice Gratitude Daily

At the beginning of each day, write down things that you’re grateful for. If you’re not into journaling, try having a quiet time where say out loud what you’re grateful for. The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless; by regularly reflecting upon the things you’re thankful for, you’re welcoming more positivity, opportunities, and goodness into your life.

3. Exercise

Exercise/fitness has a special place in my heart. I used to be anti-exercise. I just thought it was too much work. Last year, when I made the decision to take control of my life, fitness became one of my top priorities. When I started working out consistently, at least 30-50 minutes a day, my mood improved, my body shape looked better than ever, clearer skin, and I had more motivation and energy to tackle the day. Try different exercises and find what you like so that you can enjoy exercising.

I love jogging, running, and brisk walking. Some days, I do squats, lunges, and jumping jacks. Regularly squeezing exercise into your day– even if you can only spend 20 minutes at a time– will help keep your energy levels at their peak.

4. Drink water (Water is life)

You may not believe this, but a lot of people struggle with drinking water. Start your day with a glass of water. The first thing I do once I wake up in the morning is to make a tonic: lemon-infused water mixed with apple cider vinegar. If you struggle to stay hydrated, get a portable water bottle that you can carry everywhere; that way, it’s easier to take sips frequently until it becomes a habit.

If you feel it tastes too bland, try adding fruits like cucumber, lemon, and strawberry.

5. Manage your Screen Time

Do you have social media or app addiction? If yes, you can overcome it. I struggled too. I was always checking my phone, playing games on it, and checking my social media every chance I got.

How did I overcome it? I had a serious talk with myself. I asked: Maureen, what are you gaining from this? What exactly is this adding to your life? The answer was –NOTHING. The first thing I did was deleting all my social media. How did I feel? I felt calm, like a burden was lifted off my shoulders.

If you can’t delete your all social media, try setting time limits for them. Your phone should have a setting for that and there are apps that can do that for you as well. I still use social media, but for 20 minutes every week or 2 weeks. Once I log in, check my messages, I log out and delete.

I have a life.

6. Have a Daily Routine

I’m someone who likes to follow rules, so creating a daily routine was very easy for me. There are mental benefits of having a daily routine: Having a routine can help you feel more in control of everything, and help ensure that you have a smooth day.

How to build your own routine: Start by leaving office work at the office, and focusing on yourself once you get home. At the start of each day, prioritize your daily tasks by making a to-do list for the day on a sticky note. Writing down my to-do lists makes me hold myself accountable.

Build a skincare regimen. When you look good, you feel good. Skincare is an important aspect of self-care. Invest in good scented candles for your home/apartment. Scented candles creates an intimacy that sets a mood to a room and can really enhance the feel of your home.

Nourish your body with healthy meals. Fruits and vegetables should be an important part of your daily diet.

As you practice these rituals, remind yourself that by nurturing and treating yourself with care, you’re showing people how you treat yourself and from that how they should treat you.

Believe it or not, people are watching and taking notes. Taking good care of yourself is always a good place to start.

The Role of Age in Second Language Acquisition

There are numerous misconceptions and arguments about who is not only able to learn a second language faster, but also who is able to achieve fluency like a native speaker of a respective language.

Is age a factor in second language acquisition? My answer: Yes and no– it depends on the individual.

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Without a doubt, age does have an effect on our ability to absorb new language and how proficient we can become in a new language. Besides age, there are other factors that influence the process of second language acquisition and fluency: environment, biology, emotion, intelligence, and motivation are some factors that have an influence on SLA.  

The plethora of factors that impact SLA and fluency makes it hard to rule age as the main reason why one can or cannot acquire a second language and attain proficiency.

That being said, I think we can all agree that children who are exposed to a second language at an early age are more likely to be proficient like a native speaker than adolescents and adults exposed to a second language at a later age. I attribute this to the theory that learning is a part of the brain chemistry of children while adults and older children have to consciously learn the information.

Lenneberg’s critical period hypothesis (1967) supports the theory above. He states that language acquisition needs to take place between age two and puberty– a period which he believed to coincide with the lateralization process of the brain.

Based on my own experience, I will say that age and motivation played a huge part in the process of my own third language acquisition– French. This post is focusing on SLA but I’m going to highlight my experience as a bilingual person trying to learn a third language in adulthood.

I’m fluent in Igbo (my native language) and English language. As a child, my mother tongue and English language was introduced to me simultaneously. This, I believe, made it easier to achieve fluency of both languages quickly. Yes, there are people from my ethnic group who are not fluent in their mother tongue. On the other hand, there are people who are very fluent in the Igbo language but can’t speak English at all.

There are a lot of reasons behind this, and I will state a few:

  • One who is a native but can’t speak like a native speaker: The family may have enforced a blanket English-only rule, like saying Igbo language should not be spoken in the house or around the children. Only English!
  • One who is fluent in native language but can’t speak English at all: There are many layers to this reason, so it’s hard to give a straight explanation. Factors like growing up in an era when there were no schools that taught English, living in a rural area (we use rural and village interchangeably in my culture), inability to afford education, and choosing not to learn English are some of the reasons why one may not be able to speak English.

Note: Not everyone wants to learn English and there is nothing wrong with that.

You’ve probably heard it before, but we Africans hold pride of the custom and culture that our families and communities have been holding through hundreds of years. It is the epicenter of our values and identity.

Now, in my adulthood I’m trying to learn French. The French language was first introduced to me in Nursery school. It was a required course at my school; from kindergarten through secondary education. It became an elective in my senior year of high school.

One may ask: If the French language was introduced to you as early as Nursery, why are you not fluent? Why didn’t you learn?

My answer: No motivation.

Back then, I believed that Igbo was the language I needed to navigate my culture and English to navigate western culture. I didn’t see the use of learning French or other languages. Now, I really want to learn French. I’m motivated, but it’s hard.

I have a friend from Tanzania, who is fluent in English and Swahili– the official languages in Tanzania, and also fluent in Spanish and two years my senior. When I found out she could speak Spanish, I was astonished. Her proficiency will leave you wondering if she’s a native speaker or not.

I asked when she started learning, she replied “I started learning Spanish in my Freshman year.”

Surprising right? Not really. The innate ability for language acquisition, differs from person to person, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to learning.

Age is an important but not overriding factor in second language acquisition. However, introducing a foreign language at an early age to young learners makes it easier for them to master and achieve fluency because of the critical learning period.

2 Impacts of Technology on how I Read and Write

Technology is responsible for creating the fast-paced world we live in today. From business and communication, to security, transportation, health, beauty, and online services; these all influence the way we show up in the world today. Literacy (ability to read and write) is by no means an exception here.

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When I was in secondary school, we only had access to desktop computers. Those desktop computers, found in the school’s computer laboratory, were only used for computer science practical e.g. learning how to build a website, coding, windows operations etc. And, they could only be used under the supervision of the computer science instructor.

Essays, exams, poetry, literature, and other forms of reading and writing were done throughout my primary and secondary school years without the assistance of technology. Everything was hard copy and face-to-face. Fast forward to now that I’m here in my senior year of college, I can’t talk about my undergraduate experience without mentioning how technology has changed my approach to reading and writing.

Writing in MS word instead of a notebook

In my freshman year, I couldn’t write essays, assignments, and notes in a word document. I wrote everything down inside my notebook no matter how lengthy it was, and afterwards, I will transfer them to my word document and submit. Today, I can’t go to class without my laptop, or do a writing assignment without MS word.

Here’s what I found: Writing in a word document helps you improve your spelling and grammar by underlining a misspelled word. When you click on the underlined word, you get suggested spellings. The spelling and grammar check feature allows you to edit as you write. If I need to change a writing piece that I’m working on, I can erase every sentence in a second by highlighting, and pressing delete, instead of spending more time than I should erasing every word and making sure there are no visible pencil marks when writing in a notebook.

Personally, I like how polished and professional my work looks in a word document. I still use my notebook for writing but that’s mainly for math problems and studying for exams.

Reading on-screen vs reading in print

The three things I appreciate about reading in print is the smell of a book, the feel of the pages, and the ability to critically reflect. Novels are best when you read hard copy; hardcovers are my favorite. Technology has taken reading to another level. Now, you can read anything you want on your computer, kindle, and cellphone. College students are highly cost-conscious when acquiring textbooks which is why majority of us opt for the e-version of textbooks because etextbooks are less expensive than hard copies.

I spend a lot of time in front of my laptop reading for research and here’s what I found: I skim-read instead of reading to understand. I often print online articles so that I can read them in hard copy and highlight important information which in some cases, may be hard to do when reading an etextbook.

Print books are easier on the eyes. Studies have shown that when reading on a screen we tend to blink less– sometimes causing eyes to become dry and sore, and readers retain significantly less when they read on an electronic device than they do when reading a print book.

I’m less distracted when reading in print than on-screen.  For this reason, I buy all my books hard copy. There is no right or wrong way of reading. It is a matter of personal perspective and how you retain information better. Reading is a joy, so read however you see fit.

Wednesday the 8th

Hey guys! Welcome to my first blog post 🙂 I’m so excited to share my ideas, how-tos and lifestyle with you. If you want to read more about me feel free to check out the “About me” section on the site; but in a nutshell, I’m writer who is passionate about technical writing and other types of professional writing. Currently, I’m in college majoring in Professional Writing & Communication, with a minor in Marketing.

I wanted to start by telling you why I created this blog, what you will be seeing more of in my posts, and my journey as writer who loves technology but dislikes math.

Oh! I forgot to mention, I love reading. How can one be a good writer or gain knowledge without reading? From nursery rhymes to nonfiction, romance, poetry, fiction–the first fiction book I read was Macbeth by Williams Shakespeare and there, you have it folks, I got hooked into the world of reading and writing.

Writing for some comes naturally, but for the rest of us, we struggle. More often than not, it’s a struggle to find the right words for what you mean to say, and write it in a way that’s easy to comprehend. I realized my passion for writing when i was in kindergarten. It didn’t come naturally to me, in fact, today I still struggle (not all the time) with my writing especially when I’m trying to practice creative writing.

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Professional writing whether technical, scientific, business, journalism comes very easy to me but creative writing….not really. I’m still a newbie in the technical writing world but it’s a craft that I’m passionate about. I got a taste of it when i took my first scientific and technical writing course last year and oh, boy! I don’t think I can let go.

I don’t think one has to be good at something to love it. If you love something and you’re passionate about it, you will find a way to become an expert at it. I love this quote by George Turberville that has helped me through my journey “By practice skill is got, by practice wit is won.”

By updating this blog with the skills I’ve gained, still learning, and other things I’m passionate about, I can keep myself grounded in my field of study and life in general. We are in this together! Never forget that if you wish and want to become good at something, practice, learn, ask questions, revise and never give up.

Once again, welcome!