More and more women are deciding on living a childless life, and they don’t need to hear these from anyone

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In my mid-20’s, I was sitting at a coffee shop at 5 am with two of my best girls. We were looking out to the cityscape and watching the twinkling lights of the buildings start to go out. On the horizon, dawn was breaking. We’ve just been asked to leave the last bar we were at. It was closing time and we weren’t quite ready to end the night yet. So we walked around in our short skirts and stiletto heels until we found a 24-hour Starbucks. Ah, to be young and free!

I remember it being a fabulous night…

Disowned by her family for being transgender, Arielle Keil makes history after being crowned Miss Intercontinental New Zealand 2020

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Photo used with permission from the owner. Instagram: Arielle Keil

She moves with such measured grace as she approached the judges in her emerald green dress with butterfly wings — typical of the Filipino national costume. It hugged her hips and showed off her perfect figure. Her brown skin glistened as she took her walk during the preliminaries. Her perfect blowout framing her petite face. To say that she’s beautiful is an understatement, but there’s more to the beguiling beauty of Arielle Keil. She is New Zealand’s first trans woman contestant for Miss New Zealand 2020.

She recently made history by claiming the highly coveted beauty pageant crown. She is…

Takeaways from taking on the learning journey at 39

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When I turned 39, I decided it was time to learn the piano. I was terrified. I asked myself over and over again if this was the right thing to do. I was concerned about whether I was too old to learn at this stage. I also had to assess if this was just something brought on by some sort of midlife crisis or if it is something can I can develop a passion for. I had so many questions in my mind even before I started my first lesson.

I did a bit of research to find out if…

Or how to get to a ‘Yes’ when you keep getting a ‘No’

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Some startup founders messaged me on LinkedIn to ask for help on their pitch after I wrote about my first pitch experience here:

They usually don’t understand why they’re not getting a yes as easily as I did. They then ask me to review their pitch deck to identify the problem. The same thing happened when I did my first pitch. The other startup founders approached me when they saw two investors talking to me that day.

I came up with 5 questions to ask before pitching to a potential investor. Working with VCs in the past has helped me…

We all pass away, so I’m preparing for it with a “death pack“ ”which includes letters to my child.

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Dear daughter,

I can’t believe you’re getting married today! I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there. I’m sure you look beautiful. This is the first day of your new life…

That’s how the first letter went. I wrote about 40 of these. I did it even before my little girl was born. Each one was hand-written on beautiful stationery (excess thank you cards from our wedding) and sealed in envelopes with the names of important future events on the front. This particular one said, “On Your Wedding Day”.

When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, I was…

7 steps to get you started on your way to earning online and living a location-independent life.

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Imagine this: you’re writing about your trip to the tropical paradise that is Bali while sitting by the beach having a cold one. You hit submit on that article and you’re set. This isn’t just a vacation. This isn’t just a dream. It’s your life.

Being a digital nomad and working from anywhere is possible but it does require some good groundwork to establish stable income streams. Unless you’ve got a pretty hefty trust fund, you can’t exactly quit your job to travel the world and be able to support the lifestyle right away.

So, first things first, let’s define…

Caring for your mental health has never been as important as it has ever been. Here are some tips to get you started.

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We’ve all had a tough year in 2020. So far, by the looks of things, 2021 isn’t shaping up to be a better one. From lockdowns to panicked toilet paper buying, homeschooling to working from home — there really is so much to be stressed about.

The only thing that kept me sane last year was starting new self-care rituals. It helped me deal with the stress of juggling taking care of my family while working. If you haven’t yet, it’s time to slow down and check-in for some “me” time. …

Whether it’s a potential client trying to get a freebie or an old acquaintance trying to score free advice, here are professional ways to say no.

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I have been working as a writer and a digital marketer for over 15 years. In the span of my career, I’ve had friends, relatives, and even total strangers ask me for help with their personal writing assignments, editing their stories, or driving traffic to their websites. While I don’t mind spending 10 to 20 minutes proofreading a story someone else wrote, it’s a whole other thing when someone asks me to spend hours of my time to do unpaid work.

What really pisses me off are casual acquaintances or random strangers asking me how much it would cost to…

Is the sudden change in behavior just growing pains or are these signs your child is being bullied?

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I met up with my girl group from high school a few months ago (BC — before Covid-19). One of them invited a common friend — someone I wasn’t particularly close with growing up. In that coffee session with the girls, we did something we haven’t done in years. We talked about high school.

I loved and hated my high school experience. I met the most amazing women there. They are still my closest friends 26 years later. I don’t remember much about that time in my life because it has almost been 3 decades, but what I can’t forget…

This is a story about giving up the perfect life to start over and raise a child in another country.

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Author and her family in Auckland (photo is the author’s own)

New Zealand has been making headlines lately because of how well this small country at the bottom of the world is beating Covid-19. Five years before the pandemic, I decided to throw all caution to the wind, leave my comfortable life, and move my family to make this little country our new home. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.

Here’s why we did it and why it’s a decision I’ll never regret.

My life in the Philippines was pretty perfect in my late 20’s. I was married to a wonderful man. We had our own 3-bedroom house, two…

Jade-Ceres Violet D. Munoz

A digital marketer, a startup co-founder, a Book Fairy, a mom, and a writer. Based in New Zealand. Follow me at:

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