Deborah Young

I am passionate about reading and writing. I have had the great opportunity of teaching my knowledge and passion for reading and writing to children (aged 5-12) in China. In Addition, I have managed an online magazines (Deliberate Magazine) social media accounts and wrote SEO articles, using WordPress. I am looking for a career in writing, which could include either teaching, writing, or blogging.

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Deborah is a writer, teacher, and editor who has written for an online magazine and managed their social media accounts.

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National Take a Chance Day

Have you ever wanted to do something daring or have an adventure in your life? The day has finally come. A day that you get to “Take A Chance.” On National Take a Chance Day, people all over the world get to do something that will cause them to take a chance. Here are some ideas of things to do on National Take A Chance Day. Doing Something Special For Your Significant Other Do you have a special someone in your life and you maybe wanted to go on a different kind of date than just the movies? You want to tell that crush of yours how special they are to you. Go out and do something special for someone who means something special to your heart. Getting Your Hair Done Have you ever wanted to cut off all of your hair? Maybe just want to dye it a crazy new color or a few? Go and get that special haircut that you have always wanted to get. Show off how brave you are and maybe let the hairdresser make the choice for you. Trying New Food Are you that person who always goes to the restaurant and always orders the same thing? Maybe go to a new restaurant or maybe try something different on the menu.What your choice to do on this day, make it special. This is a day that you get to do something out of the ordinary and take a chance. If you don’t like the chance you took this year, you always have next year to try something new. Tell us some of your favorite things to do that can be considered as a moment that you took a chance. How are you going to celebrate National Take A Chance day?

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Day of Awesomeness

Every day you are awesome and let’s remember it! Let’s celebrate the element of awesomeness with International Day of Awesomeness. A day of positive and celebrating each other. Make a list of things in your life that are awesome. Think about all of the moments or memories. Together gather some friends and celebrate their awesomeness. History A quick history of the day. The day was created by Kevin Lawver when fellow people he knew wanted him to know how awesome he was. He decided to create a holiday around everyone celebrating awesomeness. The date was chosen because of Chuck Norris and his famous motto, “No one is perfect, but everyone can be awesome.” “The truly awesome are those who take a situation that’s getting wildly out of control and turn it to their advantage.” Awesomeness Awesomeness means inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence and having a day to remember all of the good things in the world and making someone smile today. Another idea is maybe writing about your definition of awesomeness. How awesomeness can be celebrated and how to keep the awesomeness going.It is awesome to have a day to celebrate how awesome you are. Getting to see all the accomplishments you have made in your life. It could be the little things you have done to major accomplishments. Maybe you remembered to wash your car this week. That is awesome. Alternatively, maybe you just got the job promotion you have been wanting. Maybe you helped your neighbor bring in their groceries. That is awesome.This is a day to think about good positive things. Get rid of the negative and remember it is a day to remember how awesome you. You are strong, talented, and truly awesome. Enjoy the day with family, friends, and yourself. Together let’s celebrate International Day of Awesomeness! Spread the word!For more information on the holiday check out the history of Day of Awesomeness.

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The Proper Way to Celebrate Star Wars Day

May the Force be with you! Let us gather our lightsabers, and use the force to save the galaxy. Or we could just catch a ride in the millennium falcon with Han Solo and become a space pilot. Star Wars day is upon us. It is official May the 4th be with you. On May 4th all of the fans will unite and show their pride for the Star Wars fandom. Last year, I learned many new ways to celebrate and gather information from other true fans on the proper way to celebrate Star Wars Day.As a fan who has attended the official Star Wars Celebration. I got up at 2 am in the morning to travel to be the first in line to see the new Last Jedi trailer. I also was in the Obi-Wan Kenobi cosplay outfit. It was a blast and memories that I will cherish forever. Proper Ways To Celebrate Star Wars Day: Post something online about Star Wars. Go online and see if any stores are celebrating with a new release of merchandise Go cosplay/rock your favorite star wars gear Listen to the John Williams original soundtracks for the motion picture Watch a movie marathon of all the original star wars movies Watch the television shows (Star Wars The Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels) Play the Star Wars app games or video games Play Star Wars trivia with your family and friends Finally, there is nothing more important than quotes! Here are some of my favorites. Star Wars Quotes “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” — Leia Organa“The Force will be with you. Always.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi“Never tell me the odds!” — Han Solo“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda“No. I am your father.” — Darth Vader“There’s always a bigger fish.” — Qui-Gon Jinn“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering. I sense much fear in you.” — Yoda“Power! Unlimited power!” — Darth Sidious

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Why You Should Celebrate Your Baby Today

Here is a small list of ways to celebrate your baby. The birth of a child is such a beautiful memory for parents. As someone who has seen babies learn how to walk and say hello to their parents. The memory of getting to see their baby grow and learn about the world around them is awesome. Write Letters to Your Baby Don't let your memories fade. Write down little moments that are special to your heart. Remember your reaction and your thoughts of what happened. Gifts Find a special gift to give them, a gift that will last for many years. Special Day Spend a special day with your child. Let your child know how special they are to you. Let them see the world around you. Smile Smiling at your child, letting your child know that you'are right there by their side. Their little accomplishments matter more than ever. Music Play music, sing, and dance with your child. Read Read books to your baby. Let your baby get to hear stories while you read to them. Pictures Take pictures. Make a memory book with all the memories and moments. Video Make video. Both pictures and videos can be seen later in life when the child is older. They will get to see the memories that the parents had when they were young. It's also fun to see baby pictures when they get older. Clothes Wear matching outfits. Make it a fun day and celebrate your baby with the memory of getting to wear matching outfits.Celebrating your baby is about showing love and making new memories for your baby and you. Make the day special and celebrate your baby today.

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National Coffee Cake Day Recipes

Who doesn't love a good Coffee Cake? Would you like some recipes to celebrate your love of coffee cake on this national holiday? Let's celebrate National Coffee Cake Day with these easy to make at home recipes. Peach Breakfast Cake, a New Take on an Old Favorite cake-coffee-cups-162766-240x300.jpg Ingredients:1 softened1/2 cup sugar1 egg3/4 cup milk1 tsp vanilla2 cups flour2 tsp baking powder1/2 tsp salt2 cups peaches, choppedTopping Ingredients:3/4 cup sugar4 T flour2 T butterInstructions:1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9" pan. (I used my 9" cast iron skillet, but a cake pan would work as well.)2. Mix together butter and sugar.3. Add egg and mix until smooth.4. Pour in milk and vanilla and combine.5. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, and baking powder. Fold into wet ingredients until incorporated.6. Spread into greased pan. Top with peaches and press lightly into batter.7. Mix topping ingredients in a small bowl until coarse and crumbly. Sprinkle over top of peaches.8. Bake at 350 F for 40-45 minutes. The sugar should form a crust, and the cake should be cooked through. Cool slightly before cutting and serving. Can be served warm or at room temperature. Blueberry Coffee Cake Ingredients:1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 3/4 ounces) 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup granulated sugar 6 tablespoons butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 large egg 1 large egg white 1 1/3 cups low-fat buttermilk Cooking spray 2 cups fresh blueberries 1 tablespoon turbinado sugarInstructions:Step 1Preheat oven to 350°.Step 2Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.Step 3Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 2 minutes). Add vanilla, egg, and egg white; beat well. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition.Step 4Spoon half of the batter into a 9-inch round baking pan coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup blueberries. Spoon remaining batter over the blueberries; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1 cup blueberries. Sprinkle the top evenly with 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.Step 5Note: If using peak-season fruit, use 1 1/2 cups blueberries instead of 2 cups, and only 1 cup buttermilk instead of 1 1/3 cups. This will make the batter thicker, so the berries won't sink to the bottom.

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Random Acts of Kindness Day

What is the word kindness and what does it mean? Kindness means the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate or a kind act. When thinking about different people I have seen and have shown kindness to me, it has warmed my heart. Seeing that man who held the door open for a stranger, randomly seeing someone pick up trash and throw it out, or helping that elderly couple walk to their car. Kindness doesn’t have to be planned out or done on purpose. Kindness can come randomly and can affect someone’s life. With these thoughts in my mind, I decided to randomly look up little moments in everyday life that are random acts of kindness. Here is a list below of some of my findings:-Giving people compliments-Smiling-Sending cards to friends and family to remind them how special they mean to you-Writing down all the things you are thankful for-Sending flowers to patients in the hospital-Volunteering your time at homeless shelters-Saying thank you to the cash register-Washing your parent’s car for them-Cleaning the dishes at your friend’s house-Calling a random family member-Being an encouragement-Taking time to forgive others-Writing down all your accomplishments-Recycling-Being patient-Speaking kind words to others and yourself-Carpooling with your friends-Donating to charities. Always remember that the little things matter. Kindness can be found anywhere in the world. Little moments of kindness can cause someone’s day to brighten. Showing kindness can also turn your day to be a little better. Together kindness can be passed on. Remember to always be kind. “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”- Princess Diana

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Be Heard Day —

Today is a day to celebrate small business and let them be heard. Be Heard Day is a day where small business can tell their local new station/newspaper, bloggers, vlog, social media post about their small business. It’s a day that you the owner of the small company get to talk about yourself. Be a storyteller for a day and get to talk about your journey and goals as a business. Shannon Cherry created be Heard day in 2006. The idea was to help small business be found and to help broaden their audience. This year Be Heard Day is asking people all around to tweet about their business with #NationalBeHeardDay. If you are not an owner of a small business but know of a small business that deserves the spotlight on them. Talk about them with your friend, share a social media post, and spread the word on National Be Heard day. Here are some ways you can spread the word Write on Facebook a post about what your favorite small business is. Tweet using #NationalBeHeardDay Keep the conversation going by replying to other people’s tweets about Be Heard Day. Share a picture on Instagram with you at your favorite small business. Send snap your followers with Be Heard Day and make a story throughout the day showing small businesses. Small business all over the country struggle to be heard, and today we can show the spotlight on them. Let’s let their voices be heard on this particular day. Let’s keep the conversation going with connect with other small business online. Visit your favorite small business today. Let them know that you appreciate them and let them know their voices are being heard. Let’s celebrate today Be Heard Day! Let us get the conversation started!