Assets, liabilities, strengths, wounds, superpowers, and gifts — choose balance over self-destruction

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Warm tears silently rolled down my icy cheeks as I counted out the thirteen hundred dollars. I knew I shouldn’t be doing it. I knew I was harming myself, allowing myself to be taken advantage of.

I felt like a fool as the officer on duty had me sign the yellow bond slip. She eyed me from the side as if I wouldn’t notice. I could only imagine what she was thinking. She knew, I thought. I could feel my cheeks flush. How embarrassing.

I gritted my teeth, though, and I did it anyway. You see, I had yet to…


The Typewriter Habit of straight quotes and why curly quotes are important — Typography 101

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Most readers never notice, at least not consciously. The subconscious mind, however, is a powerful thing.

Pull up any article from the Washington Post or the New York Times. Grab any book from your bookshelf.

You will never find a straight quote:

' or "

You will always find curly quotes.

‘ or “

Why?

The vertical quotes that you find on your keyboard were never created for publishing. They were created as a shortcut for typewriters and are also referred to as ‘primes’. They are used in numerical measurements to indicate inches and feet.

5'7 or 4" would be…


America’s diverse multicultural society

Segregation in a modern society fueled by anti-racism — I will not silence myself because of my skin color

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I ask that you all forgive the imperfection of my eyes, in hopes that by shared grace we can build on the ghosts of our past to build a better future. And by forgiving the imperfection of my eyes, I hope that you will also forgive the imperfection of my words. For neither my eyes nor my words are perfect, but I share them with you anyway, because they are the only eyes and the only words I have.

Writing this title, ‘A Colorless White World’, I get a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. With a title…


Construction and destruction — constructively dealing with people bent on destruction

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Have you ever met that person who seems to swing around like a wrecking ball?

The ones going around laying their claws into anything and everything in hopes of mass destruction?

I know you have met that person. You may even be them.

Regardless of whether you are a constructive or destructive person — because the choice is yours — it is valuable to be aware that we are all constructing and destructing all the time.

No-one creates one hundred percent of the time, and there is always a time and place for destruction.

Everything built must, someday, be torn…


Uncertain Death and Impending Doom

A glance into a day in the life of those who have survived

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Have you ever thought you were going to die?

And I don’t mean the everyday fear of death that all humans experience.

I mean, have you ever faced sudden possible death? Have you ever thought, at any moment, that you may die before the next? Has dying ever been that close to you? Has it ever been that real?

Maybe there was a fire and you barely got out in time. Or maybe, you got T-boned at an intersection and as that car slammed into you in slow motion, your life flashed before your eyes. Some people have drowned and…


I know I did the right thing, the day I said goodbye

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When you shield me from reality, you shield me from the truth.
You lie about my destiny, so I’ll stay close to you.
You look at me in numbers.
You rate me every day.
You spit so many riddles that they all sound the same.

I’m this…
I’m there…
I’m that…
I’m where?

You lie to me.
I lie to you.
We lie to us.
You call this truth?

I cannot see your spirit when I look into your eyes.
All I see behind them is 27 lies.
I long for truth and freedom, I know not where to go.
I’m reaching deep…


A new season of life, re-entry and preparing for a zombie apocalypse

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It was November of 2020 when we finally arrived. We had all had a rough year and most people had no idea what to do about the world and it’s implosion. I had many reasons for fleeing the city, but my greatest calling was to prepare myself for a zombie apocalypse or mass genocide.

Most people think that’s a stretch, but so did Germany. And that belief Americans have — that something so unspeakable and horrendous could not happen here — well, it has always appeared a tad grandiose to me.

Furthermore, a majority of the population thinking mass destruction…


There are many well-kept secrets of success and happiness, but enthusiasm takes the cake

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Curiosity may breathe life into passion, but enthusiasm keeps its heart beating.

Enthusiasm is one of the most underrated superpowers of human nature. It doesn’t get a lot of attention — not even on a surface level. When was the last time a mentor was coaching you for an interview or a pitch and reminded you to embrace your inner enthusiast? What viral quote about enthusiasm has ever permeated the internet? Exactly. There are many well-kept secrets of success and happiness, but enthusiasm takes the cake.

It is hard to keep curiosity in the dark. No matter how apathetic, indifferent…


You cannot find your passion by looking for it, but you can bring it to life by following your curiosity

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We have all heard it before, and most of us have probably said it.

Follow your passion.

This auto-response is given in many scenarios, by many of us. It is given to young adults who are seeking their path in life, artists who aren’t feeling artsy, writers who aren’t writing, miserable adults who are going through a mid-life crisis, etc.

It sounds good and, quite honestly, I have said it many times — not only to others, but to myself. But, if it is such great advice and so many of us agree with it, why are so few people…


We all have that day — that moment — when we realized things might never be the same

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I swallowed the lump in my throat as I wiped what seemed like a thousand ketchup bottles and prepared them to put away. We could no longer keep condiments on the table because of a virus we called Corona.

Corona had recently made its way to the U.S. and reportedly had an astonishingly high death rate. As of yet, we knew nothing about it. We were doing this because we wanted people to feel safe — not because we knew it would make them safe. We didn’t really know anything, yet.

One of the servers, Alexis, stopped and asked me…

Holly Kellums

Author * Social Media Influencer * Recovery Coach * Human Potential Activist

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