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2017: Not My Year of Victory

Sometimes I find myself writing what seems to be endless drafts of a new writing assignment. When that's the case, I know either the topic lacks some depth or is completely the wrong one to write about. As I worked on my traditional end-of-year reflective blog post this month, I saw four drafts already on my digital notebook but I still felt the task was going nowhere. 

The story wound up like this.

Xeno: I have every right to call 2017 my year of victory. After three years toiling for my debut novel I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me, it had finally moved from Xenosphere to Internetosphere. I've achieved one of my big dreams and I could call myself successful. On the other hand... blah, blah, blah... lukewarm reception for my indie book... blah, blah, blah... graphic design career that didn't take off... blah, blah, blah... sudden disappearance of someone dear to me... blah, blah, blah... so I'm going to call 2017 my year of humility!

Still, that didn't feel right.

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5 Things You Should Let Go and 5 Things You Should Embrace in Your Life

My name is Just Around The Riverbend and I have a confession to make: I strongly (gasp! an adverb) believe our lives should be in a flux. Like a river that never stops flowing, our lives should be in constant motion. Stagnation is one of the worst crimes that can be committed against human existence. If we're not moving, then we've become stagnant.

In the previous three years of my writing career (equivalent to the timeline ofwriting my novel I Killed My Friends and It Thrilled Me), I've learned a few life lessons that impacted not only my writing but also how I look at life. These lessons reshaped my mindset and philosophy. I'd grow a nose longer than Pinnochio's if I claimed I haven't changed a damn thing since the beginning of my writing journey. There are five things we need to let go and five things we need to embrace in order for our lives to be in a flux of growth.

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What Madonna Can Teach You About Being a Freedom Fighter

Madonna, more than 30 years into her career, remains one of the most talked about women in history. Whether it's people misinterpreting her Instagram posts, scouring the Internet for leaked demos of her upcoming album Rebel Heart, or lambasting her for expressing a personal dislike of hydrangeas, she makes headlines for various reasons. Like a true maverick, Madonna didn't let the plethora of controversial issues and overblown topics stop her from continuously paving her path like no other public figure could. Being in the limelight for three decades, plenty of people still do not get her. They do not get Madonna at all and what she truly represents. Perhaps a subtle wink at her critics, she sang in one of her many hit singles, Frozen, "You only see what your eyes want to see."

Madonna, the Queen of Pop, had set and had broken many records in the music industry. However, her greatest contribution lies not in music but in history and society. The underrated rebel heart that she is, Madonna is more than just the Queen of Pop. She is one of the most influential and greatest freedom fighters history has seen. 

With her entire life as a testament, what does Madonna teach us about being a freedom fighter

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