Spoiler alert: it doesn’t get easier, but I’ve found peace in my decisions

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The other day, I woke up and scrolled on Instagram, as I normally would, when I came across my ex’s story. It was a succession of pictures celebrating his three-year anniversary with his current partner.

I’m not going to lie — I did pause for a brief second because it confirmed a lot of suspicions I had over the years of whether or not he did end up dating this individual who I always had a feeling was something more when we were dating. Seems like my intuition was correct. But not the point of the story.

I also paused…


Why self-care is necessary for building healthy personal productivity habits

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A picture with the word “work” in the middle, surrounded by work items such as a pen, notebook, glasses, clips, etc… on a white desk
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I will be the first to say it: I am a workaholic. Since the age of 15, I have balanced jobs, schooling, and volunteer projects for almost a decade.

Every few months, I often have close friends reminding me that I am not a machine and that it is okay to slow down and rest. Although I know that their advice is sound, I find myself saying yes to every opportunity that comes knocking at my door, thus overextending myself beyond my capacities.

Long story short, I often burn out a few times a year and this is not ideal…


Medium has given a $500 bonus to 1,000 writers for the month of April

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An individual looking at their phone in shock
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This morning I woke up, same as always, and checked my personal email which I always do.

I received the standard Medium Partner Program payout email for my earnings in April, but weirdly enough received 2 emails from them. One for $77.91 USD (as I expected) and one for $500 USD.


Climate change is recognized as one of the greatest risks to our physical health, but how about our psychological wellbeing?

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A protestor at a climate change protest holding a sign that says “WE NEED A CHANGE”
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Climate change is recognized as one of the greatest risks to our overall health and wellbeing in the 21st century. The physical health impacts have been increasingly recognized in research, as societies struggle to adapt to the physical impacts of climate change, such as wildfires, flooding, and other extreme weather events.

It is clear that climate change has a direct link to human health, as climate change causes increased risks of foodborne, waterborne, and vector-borne diseases, non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease and malnutrition, especially in food-insecure areas.

What many people may not know is that our changing climate has…


I borrowed $50,000 for a social sciences degree and I don’t regret it financially

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First of all, I would just like to say that I don’t think university or college is for everyone and I do not think it should be used as society’s measure of success.

I know plenty of amazing individuals who did not go to university who are happy and successful. I also know plenty of individuals who are still struggling to find their definition of happiness and success who did end up going to university.

In my opinion, it’s all about perspective and that’s what I’m hoping to provide — a bit of perspective.

In recent years, I’ve seen countless…


My best month on Medium because of one article that has made $46.73 USD, a couple of stories in big publications, and some luck

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April has come and gone as quickly as the summer-like weather I had experienced in a region known for rainy days 6–8 months out of the year. It was so nice to spend more time outside at the beach, walking in nature, while wearing a T-shirt and shorts — definitely not a normal April.

Unlike the previous months, I found myself with more time than I was used to, which allowed me to focus on my…


If you are lucky enough to live near a coastline, you have a great opportunity to leverage it for better fitness and mental health

A woman stands on a mountain near the ocean.
A woman stands on a mountain near the ocean.
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I am luckier than most. I’ve had the privilege of growing up in a coastal region of the Pacific North West, where I am able to access one of the Earth’s greatest treasures — the ocean.

Being near an ocean creates an indescribable feeling of calmness and peace for many people. It turns out that there is a scientific reason for this.

I came across a concept called the ‘blue gym’ that “refers to using the coastal environment specifically to promote health and wellbeing by increasing physical activity, reducing stress and building stronger communities.”

As an environmentalist who lives near…


I finally succumbed to the fitness-tracking phenomenon. Question is, do Fitbits actually support your health and fitness journey?

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I know, I’m late on the Fitbit train. A few months ago, my friend offered to give me her Fitbit to try out since she was not getting any use out of it. Not one to turn down free items, I very enthusiastically accepted and forgot about it.

I know, such a waste.

I’ve always been a bit apprehensive about using fitness trackers. I am someone who really fixates on stats and as someone who has struggled with body image and fitness, I didn’t want to put any type of pressure on myself.

It wasn’t until the beginning of March…


Outlining the positive takeaways I had when I went on an Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok “detox”

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An individual at a speckled desk scrolling on their phone looking at photos, with a pen and coffee cup in the background
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Social media is a powerful tool. In fact, it is so powerful, there are over 2.6 billion active users on Facebook and 1.2 billion for Instagram, alone.

For many of us young millennials or older Gen Z-ers, it’s hard to imagine a world that existed before social media.

I remember secretly getting my own Facebook account at 13 years old because my parents banned me from having online profiles. They said I could get Facebook once I graduated high school because it was dangerous…

Angela Phan

Intersectional environmentalist 🌱✊🏼. Research Assistant. (She/her). Writing about climate change, love, health & fitness, personal development, etc...

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