Living on a budget

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Money is a touchy subject, I get it.

I’ve had to do a lot of mindset work when it comes to how much I earn vs. my best friend — she makes more than double what I do…

But, I’m certainly not miserable and this is, honestly, the most money…

Having kids

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I look at my friends who are pregnant or have their first kid already and I’m so elated for them. Occasionally, I get that gut-wrenching wave of love because of how adorable they are and the feeling a parent must have when they look at their child.

That feeling isn’t…

Relationships During a Pandemic

A lot of things came to light for me and my partner

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My partner and I will have been together for five years in August. Half a decade…

And to think, almost 2 of those 5 years were spent holed up in a 1,000 sqft. house with two cats.



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In the beginning…

So, you’ve met your partner and they are eccentric, outgoing, unabashedly social, full of energy, and passionate. These might be some of the things you were lacking in your last relationship.

And now this amazing person has come along and lights you up when they walk into the room. They…


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It was the summer of 2013 and I had just moved home from college. I didn’t have a job lined up and my days consisted of watching Beverly Hills 90210.

My mother works at the Atlanta airport and likes to befriend Russian-speaking passengers — we speak Russian at home and…

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Watching these Indie films at the ripe old age of 29 has me feeling all sorts of ways about my life. Maybe that’s the point of them.

I have the same intense emotions watching these high school hipsters fall in love as when I was a teeny-bopper, figuring out how…

Entrepreneur Life

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Being a musician myself, I feel like I have a bit of insight into this world.

My partner is a full-time musician and, in my opinion, the epitome of an entrepreneur.

People always say how difficult it is to be a musician. …

Relationship advice

You’ve been dating your partner for a while and you’re wondering, Is this how it’s supposed to be?

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It takes a lot of trial and error to find the right person. And even after a little while, that right person might not be the right person.

It can be evident…


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How it all started

I graduated undergrad in 2013. I moved straight home and was super unhappy with how I looked post-college.

Did I really think all the drinking, partying, and late night snacking weren’t going to catch up with me?

Needless to say, the image I saw in the mirror didn’t sit well…

Increasing Productivity

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Over this pandemic, I needed a boost to how I got stuff done — at work and at home.

If you’re anything like me, then having a clean workspace, a cup of coffee, and a comfy sweater make a world of a difference when it comes to productivity.

However, what…

Liya Khaimova

I work in Finance by day, write and sing by night, along with all the other projects happening in my life. Cat mom. She/her. Creator/Editor of Lean In.

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