What I Learned When I Started Only Using Cash

What I Learned When I Started Only Using Cash

It happened accidentally. I somehow accumulated a bunch of cash in my dorm room and wanted to send my paycheck every month to a savings account dedicated to tuition (because the out-of-state struggle is real). With these two things coming together, I unofficially challenged myself to see how long I could go without swiping plastic. I don’t think I often realized how much those ice cream runs or small dinners out added up until my credit card statement became basically a record of everything I ate for that month (#relatable, am I right?). It was easy to forget how much I’d already spent in any given week and it was even easier to dismiss the little purchases. After all, it’s so common to think, “It’s fine, what’s another five dollars anyway?” When I started relying solely on dollar bills as my method of payment, I was more cognizant of exactly […]

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11 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Winter Break

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Now that the busy hubbub that is the week leading up to Christmas is over, you (if you’re a student) probably have a few more weeks home from school. Instead of sleeping in until 1 in the afternoon every day, today I’m sharing 11 things you can do to make the most of your winter break!   This page contains affiliate links. This means that if you click through a product link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no added cost to you. Thanks for supporting Sweet Tea Epiphany!   1. Knock a book or two off of your reading list. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck // Room // Gone Girl If I’m being completely honest, I probably haven’t finished a book in a year at least. I mean, I’ve been halfway through Jane Eyre and Bill Nye’s Undeniable ever since I […]

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Let’s Talk About Imposter Syndrome

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With final exams coming up (and with it the end of my hardest semester yet), I feel that today is as good a time as any to address a feeling that plagues many: Imposter Syndrome. via What is imposter syndrome? The term “imposter syndrome” was coined in 1978 by Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, two American psychologists. It’s basically a feeling of self-doubt that stems from natural humility. Yes, humility is healthy, but it becomes a problem when it starts becoming a detriment to your personal self-acceptance. Clance and Imes described imposter syndrome as a sense of “phoniness in people who believe that they are not intelligent, capable, or creative despite evidence of high achievement” (source). It’s when you feel that you don’t entirely know what you’re doing, you’ve somehow lucked out or tricked everyone else into believing you’re more competent or skilled than you truly are, and someone is […]

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How To Market Yourself On Social Media

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We’ve always been told that we aren’t objects. Well, today, we’re going to be. Except people aren’t buying your product, they’re buying you, which means you are your product! They’re buying the salesperson, which again is you. What better way to have your pitch reach hundreds (or thousands or even millions!) of new people than through social media? Your goal is to build your network of people that share your interests including colleagues, classmates, friends, and customers. You don’t just want to build numbers, you want to build a quality web of followers. “Activate your fans, don’t just collect them like baseball cards.” -Jay Baer So how do you do that? Pick one social media application and become the boss of it. You’ve heard that it’s better to be good at one thing as opposed to okay at a bunch of things, so apply this to your social media presence! […]

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Why Your High School Job Matters (And What I Learned From Mine)

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I know. Minimum wage customer service jobs can really suck out your soul and leave you irritated and overworked. But hear me out. Those jobs are important for you. Not only do they give you credibility in the professional world as something to put on your resume, but the experiences you have in them really build character and shape who you are as a person. The people you meet, whether they be co-workers, random customers, managers, or regulars, help show you both the good and the bad in people. You learn how to deal with angry soccer moms with class and how to accommodate disabilities with respect. You have beautiful days and you have stormy ones. But every day matters and I remember both the blessings and the curses fondly. I had two jobs in high school; both were very different in atmosphere and customer service, but both had atmosphere […]

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