Switzy Thoughts began when Amanda Surowitz got tired of being talked over in a high school English class and wanted a place to share her opinions, gripes, writing, and art. Back then, it was more about griping than writing. But then a crazy thing happened. She posted a review for a book she loved… and the author commented on it. Making contact with an actual published author inspired Amanda to abandon her initial plan to be a graphic designer and pursue a writing career. Her blog then shifted to chronicle the journey from student to professional, and again to share some of the knowledge and experience she’s gained throughout the different stages of her career: a public relations writer, university blog manager, social media manager, and web content specialist.

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7 Ways to Handle Stress Levels

We all get stressed from time to time and have to deal with the physical discomfort stress causes: changes in appetite, sleep patterns, and muscle soreness from tension in the back, shoulders, jaw, and neck. Not to mention the extra irritability and sensitivity to emotional triggers. Whether you’re dealing with everyday troubles, a particularly stressful period or event, or you are especially susceptible to high levels of stress—like those coping with anxiety—there are some no-cost tools at your disposal to help manage your stress.

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Securing Your Business Files Against Hackers

Businesses have a lot of information to keep safe. Not only do you have the files for your own products and projects, but also all the sensitive information you collect from your customers: names, billing information, addresses, and so on. If a hacker accesses this information, the consequences can be massive. That’s why it’s vital to secure your files and protect your business from hackers.

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5 Proven Strategies to Increase Business Profitability

The goal of any business is to make money, of course. And to keep making money—preferably more than it was. So when you want to increase your business’s profitability, what do you do? There are many strategies you can try, some simple and some more complex. But not every strategy works for every business. One of the following strategies could prove to be the most effective way for you to increase your business’s profitability.

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These days, Amanda is more focused on writing. She regularly contributes articles to South Magazine and her misadventures have appeared as cautionary tales in The Combat Edge. When she’s not revising her manuscript about morally grey characters and their crime-riddled shenanigans, Amanda likes to spend her time visiting local breweries with her husband (and sometimes their dog), mediating disputes between their two cats, supporting independent creators and small businesses, leveling up her baking and cooking skills, and creating art.

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More From Around the Web

After attending Lani Sarem’s lecture “How I navigated the NYT Bestseller List” at AWCon18, I spoke more about what I learned as a guest on Handbook Podcast.

I evolved from a student journalist to a professional with more than a decade of experience as a writer and content manager for blogs, websites, and social media.

My email sparked an episode of The Shared Desk podcast to discuss how useful and relevant blogging is these days. I chime in through the live-stream chat.